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Best places to spin in accessible Zion National Park

Of the twelve southwestern national parks encompassed within The Grand Circle, Zion is the jewel in the crown. Here are some tips to maximize accessible travel for people with disabilities. Get yourself an Access Pass (You can thank me later.) The national parks issue an Access Pass for US citizens with permanent disabilities. You can apply … Continue reading Best places to spin in accessible Zion National Park

Heard Museum, Phoenix

A friend told us about Phoenix’s Heard Museum over dinner. Intrigued, my husband and I went the very next morning, and were so glad we did. She was right: The museum’s collection of traditional and contemporary American Indian art (mostly southwestern) is simply superb. Each exhibit oozes quality over quantity. Great accessibility From the perspective … Continue reading Heard Museum, Phoenix

Accessible Travel: Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland, OR

As frequent travelers to Ashland‘s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, my husband and I have stayed all over the city. By far, Lithia Springs Resort is our favorite accommodation for several reasons, starting with accessibility. I always aim to book early to get the ADA compliant room we most prefer, which is the patio bungalow (#19) located … Continue reading Accessible Travel: Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland, OR

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant

Hard goodbyes Claire and I returned to New Zealand at the beginning of 2014 to wrap things up. During our two-month stay, we finished selling our holdings, a process that entailed donating bag after bag of accumulated stuff, gifting books and equipment, all the necessary steps in letting go of living a decade Down Under. … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant

Accessible Natural Marvels at Kartchner Caverns in Benson, AZ

The glorious wonders of Kartchner Caverns are accessible to everyone, including people who mobilize with a wheelchair, scooter or cane. People like me. I charged up my red power chair for spelunking into the unassuming Whetstone Mountains, and with the superb set up provided by the Arizona State Parks system navigated the depths of one … Continue reading Accessible Natural Marvels at Kartchner Caverns in Benson, AZ

Scenic Urban Accessibility in Mesa and Tempe, AZ

The Rio Salado Pathway connects you to some of Mesa and Tempe’s most scenic urban landscapes. Colorful to say the least, this wheelchair/scooter accessible pathway offers plenty of visual surprises. I won’t give them all away, but I will say this: within an hour we marveled at everything from gray-blue cranes perched on the banks of the … Continue reading Scenic Urban Accessibility in Mesa and Tempe, AZ

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

As with all things, education has opened my mind, and exploration has opened my eyes. Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve has taught this Oregonian snowbird a lot about something I once only considered barren, dusty and dangerous: the desert. Thanks to two accessible nature trails, a brave new world has seeped into my soul. Where I formally saw … Continue reading Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Some places just get it, they make their venue as accessible to everyone as much as possible. Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is one such place, a city treasure that my husband Lou and I discovered by chance on a bike/scooter ride through Papago Park one December day. On our two subsequent visits, we were not only … Continue reading Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Almost Dying for a Cure

They ferried us away in an unmarked van to avoid controversy, the driver reassuring us that crossing over the Mexican border was easiest at this 6 AM hour. One couple, a stylish woman and her equally stylish husband, had done this journey before. The older woman in the backseat, obviously a first timer like us, … Continue reading Almost Dying for a Cure

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 1, First Comes Love

So, let’s start with who I am, and about Claire and myself. I’m Lou, Claire’s husband and life partner, AKA Mr. Turner, Mr. Tucker and Mr. Flip-it (the colorful caregiver monikers to be clarified at a later time). I am 75-years young with Claire being 53-years young. (That’s right, we’re the exact same ages as … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 1, First Comes Love

Palm Springs Visitors Center

You can tell a lot about a city by the way it greets visitors with disabilities. Palm Springs does a good job in this regard at its Visitors Information Center North. Even though you may have sorted your desert paradise accessible vacation online, it’s still worth a twirl to this iconic building (if only for … Continue reading Palm Springs Visitors Center

Astoria River Trail

Making Accessibility Happen Every city wants your business. Let them know what you need and want in order to make that business happen. Here's what I sent to: City of Astoria - Mayor and City Council To the City of Astoria: The Astoria River Trail is a gem. A bit bumpy in places, but definitely … Continue reading Astoria River Trail

And then the unimaginable happened

I just didn’t see it coming. I knew since I was 18 that I had FSH muscular dystrophy. But I figured I was one of the lucky ones, able to walk and lift and smile with little difficulty. The thought of ever needing a wheelchair - pssh! - never crossed my mind. At 53, I’ve … Continue reading And then the unimaginable happened

Rolling Right Along in Accessible Scottsdale

Making Accessibility Happen Every city wants your business. Let them know what you need and want in order to make that business happen. Here's what I sent to: City of Scottsdale - Mayor and City Council Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 City of Scottsdale, Clean and scenic, indeed! And accessible. … Continue reading Rolling Right Along in Accessible Scottsdale

LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility

Making Accessibility Happen  Here's what I e-mailed the corporate headquarters of LA Fitness (called Fitness International,) and why I say the "LA" in LA Fitness stands for "Lacks Accessibility". Copy sent to: Tualatin building officials, mayor and chamber of commerce, and The Oregonian. If you or anyone you know is experiencing similar accessibility issues at any … Continue reading LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility