Top Tips When Booking Accessible Travel

Traveling differently abled has never been better. ADA legislation coupled with ever growing consumer demand has greatly improved the opportunities for quality accessible travel in the USA and abroad. That said, as someone who travels as often as possible while managing FSH muscular dystrophy, I find that the following measures best ensure successful accessible adventures. … Continue reading Top Tips When Booking Accessible Travel

Scootering New River Trail, Peoria, AZ

Given beautiful weather, my husband and I often head to Peoria's New River Trail for some scenic urban spinning. This popular trail system has it all, including easy accessibility for mobility devices. Getting there Handicap parking and ADA restrooms are readily available at Rio Vista Community Park (8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria). This park is … Continue reading Scootering New River Trail, Peoria, AZ

Best Scootering in the Sonoran Desert – Apache Wash Trailhead, Phoenix

Spoiler alert: This ADA accessible desert adventure will make others pale in comparison. It has for us. Since discovering Apache Wash Trailhead, my husband Lou and I go a couple of times a week. For spectacular spinning, it's simply one of the most beautiful accessible trail systems we've encountered in the Phoenix area so far. … Continue reading Best Scootering in the Sonoran Desert – Apache Wash Trailhead, Phoenix

Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the country's oldest state capital, is chock full of accessible adventure. Whether you're going for the art, a fabulous meal, incredible (window) shopping, or an outdoor spin, this picturesque city delivers in spades. Maximize your experience by knowing the best places to play and stay for accessibility. Here are our top picks: Where … Continue reading Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Uplifting and informative, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is an accessible travel must. This collection of works by the "Mother of American modernism" exudes the empowering dynamics of a talented artist who learned the rules, and then unabashedly proceeded to reinvent them on her own terms with great commercial success - yeah, she rocked the 20th … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Scottsdale: Hell on Wheels

Note: Although this post specifies my Scottsdale home base, its cautionary message applies nationwide, urging increased driver awareness of mobility device users sharing the road. Dangerously so, it happened again this morning: Scottsdale drivers came close to hitting my mobility scooter while I was transiting a crosswalk. Many of these chronic traffic violators are on … Continue reading Scottsdale: Hell on Wheels

10 Top Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter

Mobility is nobility in any form it takes, including riding a mobility scooter. Whether I'm cruising around the block for some fresh air or scootering the biking trails of a national park, I'm happy to be moving on my own accord. Pride PursuitTo that end, my candy apple red Pride Pursuit mobility scooter is one … Continue reading 10 Top Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter

Accessibility at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

With over 10,000 roses on display, there's a lot of ground to cover--4.5 acres to be exact--at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden (commonly referred to as Portland Rose Garden). Thanks to voters’ passage of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, enhanced ADA accessibility makes exploring this beautifully landscaped park easier for those of us with a … Continue reading Accessibility at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Improves Accessibility

Access advocacy works! Many thanks to everyone who contributed constructive comments regarding the need for ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas. After my original post (Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?) and other collaborative calls for action, this critical accessibility feature was added in Fall 2018 at Regal Cinemas … Continue reading Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Improves Accessibility

Scootering the Row River Trail, Oregon

The unassuming city of Cottage Grove is the home of one of Oregon’s most gorgeous recreational multi-use trails, the Row River Trail. The paved, mostly flat path offers the perfect adventure: spectacular scenery, interesting history and great accessibility for mobility devices of all kinds. It’s a perennial day trip from Portland for my husband and … Continue reading Scootering the Row River Trail, Oregon

Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Sure, like so many others on mobility devices, we took in dinner and a show after cruising The Strip. (I got around easily in my Jazzy red power chair.) But, by far, the most interesting thing my husband Lou and I did in Las Vegas was to take a one-hour guided tour of the Neon … Continue reading Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

When service is selfless, it brings joy and peace. When it is rendered with attachment, it brings pain and suffering. If we experience suffering in service, we can examine the way we offered it. An exquisite path of awakening!—Ellen Grace O'Brian There was a knock on the door, the entry from the open garage into … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Las Vegas

For travelers with or without disabilities, Las Vegas is becoming less about the casinos, and more about “The Experience.” Whether you’re looking for award-winning cuisine, color beyond compare, or a blast of contemporary culture, you’ll find it in “the city that never sleeps." And with great accessibility. I’ve never seen more scooters per capita than in … Continue reading Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Las Vegas

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

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

Lovely, Accessible Sunnylands

Making Accessibility Happen Accessible travel for the disabled is becoming big business. Speak with your dollars, your vote, and your voice to let commerce know what's working, and what's not. Here's what I emailed to: Sunnylands 37977 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Phone (760) 202 2222 Copy to: Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, … Continue reading Lovely, Accessible Sunnylands

Joshua Tree National Park Plans ADA Upgrade

My husband and I were delighted and impressed by Superintendent, David Smith's response to our visitor comments regarding accessibility at Joshua Tree National Park. Check it out: Dear Ms. Szabo-Cassella, Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me about your recent experience at the park. Although I am always grateful to get … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park Plans ADA Upgrade