My Letter to Mr. Jones

Every now and then I read something that just can’t go without comment. Today it was an article on Penn Live by David Jones. Apparently Mr. Jones is vehemently against private development in Pennsylvania’s state parks, but he tries to make his case by saying that if the parks were developed then “people who don’t belong there”  (aka disabled people) would flock to these parks. He also uses some very derogatory language to describe the habits and abilities of wheelchair- and scooter-users.   Continue reading

Birmingham Guidebook Highlights Accessible Walks

FiveStar_Hikes_BirminghamWhen I was researching our visit to De Soto State Park in Northern Alabama, I happened across the guidebook, Five-Star Trails Birmingham. Even though I wasn’t visiting the city proper, the subtitle of the book – Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes – definitely caught my attention. And I was even more pleased after I cracked the cover and discovered that “wheelchair-access” was noted on each and every hike. Granted it didn’t include  the level of access details that I usually  note in my publications, but it’s certainly enough to decide if each walk will or won’t work for you. Continue reading

Enjoy Family Day at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Cherrie enjoying one of three wheelchair-accessible trails at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

If you’re looking for one last family outing before summer comes to an end, then head on up to Calaveras Big Trees State Park on Saturday August 20, and enjoy Family Day at the park. Located in Arnold, about a half-hour north of Sonora, this off-the-beaten-path California state park features two Giant Sequoia groves, with wheelchair-accessible trails through both of them.

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