What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What's wrong with this shower? It's not wheelchai-accessible, as the innkeepers claim.

Remember that game you used to play in Highlights Magazine? The one where you’d circle the things that were wrong with an innocuous looking picture? Well, today we are going to play the adult version. It’s called “What’s Wrong with this ‘Accessible’ Shower?” Continue reading

Saturday Night at the Bluebird – A Must-Do in Nashville

From our table at the Bluebird Caafe.

Enjoying a late night set at the Bluebird Cafe is one of Nashville’s quintessential music experiences. And I was lucky to do just that on this past Saturday. This was my second visit to the Bluebird, and I’m happy to report that the intimate experience of sitting within two feet of Danny Flowers on my first visit was not a fluke. My second visit was just as memorable, as I enjoyed the works of Craig Carothers, Pete Wasner, Jesse Terry and Tony Haselden – four of Nashville’s pre-eminent song writers. Continue reading

Unexpected Access Feature at Yavapai East

At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities. Continue reading

Cherrie’s Spring Break

Chillin on the patio at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Well, it’s been a long, cold, wet winter for everyone, and Cherrie is happy to be on her spring break. No worries about bears gone wild on this blog though, as we are having a g-rated spring break at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, CA. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Museums

Accessible pathways at Ute Museum

Since the government shut down, I’ve been scrambling to find accessible non-National Park things to do in a land filled with National Parks. Such was the case yesterday, when we visited Montrose, Colorado. In normal times, the big attraction in the area is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but since ever square inch of its hiking trails and overlooks are littered with those attractive orange cones, I decided to check out what the local museums had to offer. And although it was an interesting day, one museum rose head-and-shoulders above the other as far as access is concerned. Continue reading

A Glass of Wine Sparks an Itinerary Change

Cathedral Gorge State Park -- one of Utah's hidden gems.

People often ask me how I plan my press trip itineraries. How do I decide where to go and what to cover? Well, usually it involves a lot of research and reader feedback; but sometimes I just think outside the box. Continue reading

Hitting the Road

As we wind down to the departure date for our Fall Road Trip (Wed. Oct. 2) I’m busy tying up loose ends and finalizing our itinerary. Even though we’ve traveled through the Southwest a lot, I’m really looking forward to seeing some new (for me) things, and to visiting a whole slew of accessible properties. Continue reading

Accessible Glass Blowing in Tacoma

Hard at work creating my masterpiece.

You can’t hardly think about Tacoma without thinking about glass, so there’s no better way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture than by creating a glass masterpiece of your own. And that’s exactly what I did yesterday. Continue reading

Free Adaptive Kayaking on Wisconsin Lake

Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to get out and start enjoying nature. To that end my friend Andy Janicki has a great adaptive kayaking trip planned for Saturday May 26, from 10-4 on Mirror Lake, just west of Portage, Wisconsin.

Best of all it’s free!! Continue reading

Should Everything Be Accessible?

A typical old building in the ghost town of Hornitos, California.

Should everything in the world be wheelchair-accessible?

At first glance, the answer to this query would appear to be yes; however it’s prudent to be wary of questions or statements that include sweeping generalities like “everything”. Most things, yes; but everything? Maybe not so much. Continue reading