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

Top ADA Spins Along The Loop in Tucson, AZ

Blooming brittlebrush, hummingbirds tipping the tops of Palo Verde trees, the occasional equestrian, beautiful ironwork bridges, mountain vistas and accessible paved trails for any kind of mobility device...there are plenty of reasons why spinning The Loop in Tucson is addictive outdoor adventure. With a network of 120 miles of shared-use paths (soon to be 131 … Continue reading Top ADA Spins Along The Loop in Tucson, AZ

Rehabbing at Sante of North Scottsdale

Accidents happen, even red scooter accidents. In mid January, I fell off my zippy mobility scooter after taking a curbed curve too quickly and fractured my pelvis in three places. Ouch! After a brief hospital stay, I was transferred to Sante of North Scottsdale where I convalesed for over a month. What follows is a … Continue reading Rehabbing at Sante of North Scottsdale

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

“Scooter Person” Jane Fonda

Karma? Serendipity? Call it what you will… I’ve only written to one celebrity in my life, Jane Fonda, and that was just a few months ago (read below). Then, last night at dinner in Ashland, Oregon I shook hands with her. Lovely lady. My post to Jane Fonda's website on embracing one’s inner “scooter person”: … Continue reading “Scooter Person” Jane Fonda

Accessible Adventure at Vernonia Lake and Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle Although the entire 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail has felt the tred of my red scooter tires, the section my husband and I return to most frequently starts at the Vernonia Lake adjunct. (See map.) Super accessibility The paved loop around Vernonia Lake … Continue reading Accessible Adventure at Vernonia Lake and Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon

Where do we go from here?

 "To die will be an awfully big adventure." —Peter Pan She wouldn’t tell me why she was scared. She didn’t need to; I knew why: Nudgemamma ("Nudgie" for short), Hungarian for "grandma," was there to die, transition, pass on, kick the bucket, go off the grid, whatever you want to call not living in a … Continue reading Where do we go from here?

Accessible Bridges and Boardwalks, Portland, OR

After wintering in the desert, it was great to reacclimate to the luscious Pacific Northwest with one of our favorite ADA accessible outings, one we’ve done over a dozen times: rolling a section of the Springwater Corridor into and around downtown Portland’s riverfront. Scenic cityscapes peek through punctuated clearings of natural wetlands, making the journey … Continue reading Accessible Bridges and Boardwalks, Portland, OR

ADA 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 ADA Accessible Zion National Park

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

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