When my firstborn, Amanda, suggested that we travel to New Orleans to celebrate our spring birthdays I quickly said “Yes!” Because hers is in late March and mine is mid-May, we decided that April would be a great meet-in-the-middle time to go.
Plus, the French Quarter Festival was scheduled to be held during the second weekend in April, which was the perfect time for us to visit.
Jackson Square, New Orleans, one of the French Quarter Festival sites.
Whenever we travel we each designate two or three things we “must do” at our destination, ensuring that we’ll experience some of our bucket-list items.
My top two desires: Go on a swamp tour, and walk around the French Quarter and take photos. Amanda’s two wishes were to visit a plantation, and to experience the food for which New Orleans is famous. Continue reading →
Before I begin this post about our recent trip to YellowstoneNational Park, I want to express my great appreciation for accessible travel expert Candy Harrington and her suggestions regarding accessible lodging and sights to see while visiting Yellowstone. Her very thorough research and excellent advice was invaluable in making this trip a wonderful adventure. [I’ve talked about Candy and her books in previous posts.] Thank You, Candy!
West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park
When Carrieanna’s cousin approached me last year to ask if I would perform her wedding ceremony in Montana in June 2015, I enthusiastically said “Yes” – and began planning a trip that would include a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Continue reading →
If you are disabled, or traveling with someone with special needs, one of the most challenging components is finding accessible lodging.
While the very nice person on the phone at the reservation desk may say “Yes, we can accommodate you,” discovering that they don’t really know the difference between a roll-in shower and an “accessible bathroom” can be frustrating at best and, at worst, may cause you to swear you will NEVER travel again. (And I speak from experience.)
So I am extremely excited to tell you about accessible travel expert Candy Harrington’s newest book. Continue reading →
Carrieanna recently returned from her very first cruise. It will not be her last!
The adventure begins! Carrieanna and Vicki on deck.
She and her Aunt Vicki (a cruise veteran) took a seven-day trip to Alaska (the Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise) on the Celebrity Solstice. Along the way they stopped at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, as well as spending one evening at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC.
The cruise included MS educational programs, accessible shore excursions and, of course, some amazing experiences — not to mention many photo opportunities!
My friend and fellow travel-junkie, Jen Snyder, recently went to Glacier National Park in Montana. I was there in 2005, and it is Gorgeous with a capital “G”! And she totally agrees. In fact, she and her husband, Mark, have declared this park to be their Favorite!
As Jen and Mark hiked toward Avalanche Lake, they found a wheelchair accessible trail, called “Trail of the Cedars.” And being the good friend that she is, she made sure I knew about it. Continue reading →
For the past week the heat in Sacramento has been unusually high: Triple digits for days. So when my friend said she was going to spend a few days in Incline Village, Nevada, I asked if I could come visit, and – fortunately – she said “Yes!”
Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino Incline Village, Nevada
We were eager to enjoy the cooler mountain air, and having a private beach just added to the ambiance!
Of course the hotel was accessible; I counted ten handicap parking spots, and was told at the front desk that there are 12 handicap accessible rooms (although the website indicates there are ten). Continue reading →