Going Places

Cap Rock Trail, rearview
Cap Rock Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

Actively engaging with the world is essential for body and soul. Mine anyway. As someone living with FSH muscular dystrophy, getting out of the house, out of my head and into the world is as life-sustaining as breathing good, fresh air.

Here’s the rub: Mother Nature is a wonderful healer and teacher, but accessibility to her gifts is not always easy for those of us requiring mobility devices. Likewise, entertainment venues and restaurants offer uplifting social interaction but can also be discouraging when having to manipulate obstacle courses to entry.

What’s a woman with a charged and ready to roll red scooter to do? Why broadcast her experiences about accessible travel of course. Get heads turning and minds opening, including my own.

Red Scooter Diaries offers recommendations on accessible indoor and outdoor adventure for people with disabilities, and reflections on the inner journey. May my explorations inspire and grow public awareness of the innumerable benefits of accessible travel for all.

Beep, beep! Here we go.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and gives strength to body and soul alike.–John Muir

6 thoughts on “Going Places

  1. Claire I love these stories, and your courage. I will follow them always. You are an inspiration!

  2. It was a real pleasure meeting your husband and you. My wife and I would like to keep in contact with you and share our struggles along with with numerous positive experiences we’ve had in our journeys, Keith

  3. Hi Lou and Claire. Wanted to say how I enjoyed meeting you last week and sharing your caramel apple. I will visit your site often to check on any new adventures you may experience.

  4. Hi Lou and Claire,
    My step daughter Betsy and I met you at the Row River Trail this weekend. Your red scooter passed me as I was bike riding!
    As someone myself who struggles with a lifetime of serious health issues, you are a wonderful example of what is possible when life throws us a curb ball.

  5. Claire & Lou,
    We have been seeing you at our pool and around our complex on your mobility scooter. My husband came back from the pool today with a card and your book from Lou. We have been so inspired by the two of you! I can’t wait to read the book and will be passing it to my niece who is a high school English teacher who teaches summer programs at the Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington DC

  6. Claire and Lou, I came upon this website doing a google search about LA Fitness ADA accessibility and got information about that – and so much more! You are both beautiful and inspiring warm-hearted people and myself and my dear husband/caretaker are similar in these ways. I have found a program that has helped me and many other people living with chronic pain and illness: http://www.ChronicPainAnonymous.org check it out if anyone is ever looking for spiritual support and fellowship.


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