Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove, California

During a recent trip to the Monterey Bay area I decided to visit the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove. Accessible entrance to Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove Accessible entrance to Monarach Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove, CA Having never been before, I envisioned native trees covered with clusters of beautiful butterflies – and while I was right in some respects, my first visit to the butterfly grove was a little disappointing. Continue reading

Hotel Showers and Wheelchair Accessibility

I take a shower [nearly] every day.

Whether I’m closing a plastic curtain in a tub-and-shower combo or the plexiglass door of a walk-in shower, the ability to shower while traveling is something I enjoy … and generally take for granted.

When Carrieanna and I travel together, however, the type of shower available is a key factor in our choice of lodging. And I have learned that I must be VERY specific in my inquiries because “accessible” seems to have a very broad meaning in the lodging industry. Continue reading

2015 Rose Parade – Inspiring and Accessible!

Every New Year’s morning, I watch the Rose Parade on television. I love seeing the colorful floats and imagining what they might be like – every inch covered in flowers or some other plant in its natural state. I look at the crowds of people and think, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be there in person?” Continue reading

Milford Sound: Breathtaking!

Milford Sound: Breathtaking! “No matter how many photos you’ve seen of Milford Sound, nothing can prepare you for the incredible feeling of actually being there. It is an inspiring and exceptional place.” (Real Journeys brochure) Continue reading

Cruise Guides for People with Mobility Challenges

Cruise Guides for People with Mobility Challenges Earlier this month I received an email from Sally James, a freelance writer who has recently been working with one of the UK’s leading travel portals on a guide for people with disabilities, showing how even on a cruise they can enjoy full mobility and accessibility help.

Sally asked me if I would be interested in seeing what she has written, and of course I said “Yes.” And after looking it over, I thought the guides would be worth sharing on my blog. Continue reading

Kirby Park at Elkhorn Slough Preserve

As a docent, Carrieanna can frequently be found at Point Lobos, where she leads nature walks and talks about the flora, fauna, marine life and history of that area.

Recently, however, we decided to head northeast and explore the Natural Resources of Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing in Monterey County. Kirby Park at Elkhorn Slough Preserve Continue reading

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands – The Duty-Free Shopping Capital of the World

“From the deck at the Mountain Top, daiquiri in hand, we soak up the sunshine and the beautiful view of Magens Bay, with it’s tri-colored water. Spectacular!”

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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Seven Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

My First Shore Excursion!

After two and a half fun-filled, educational days at sea on the Celebrity Reflection, I was looking forward to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and doing a little exploring on land. Seven Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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