Laura, A Creole Plantation

Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, New Orleans, April 2015, ©2015 ImagesByRJM

Because “visit a plantation” was one of Amanda’s bucket list items, I asked her to share her thoughts about our tour of Laura, a Creole plantation located along Great River Road in Vacherie, about 35 miles southwest of New Orleans. Continue reading

A Taste of New Orleans – Dinner in the French Quarter

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.

Decatur Street, French Quarters, New Orleans, ©2015 ImagesByRJM

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

First Visit to Yellowstone National Park

Before I begin this post about our recent trip to Yellowstone National 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!

Anything Is Possible Travel, Yellowstone National Park, ©2015 ImagesByRJM

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

Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Accessible travel resource

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

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

Expert Travel Advice, Part 1 – Flying

Candy Harrington has been writing about accessible travel for nearly two decades. Her books, newsletter (Emerging Horizons) and blog are excellent resources, offering information and encouragement to wheelchair-users, slow walkers, and those who travel with them.

(Click here for my review of one of her recent books, “22 Accessible Road Trips.”)

Last month Candy was the guest speaker for the National MS Society, Northern California Chapter MS Lecture Series in Sacramento. Her topic was “Have MS, Will (Still) Travel: Tips for Traveling with MS.”

The meeting was well-attended, affirming that a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis does not diminish the desire to travel. Candy spent over an hour sharing very helpful accessible travel tips, and I took many notes. Continue reading

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve’s First Wheelchair-Using Docent!

After five months of training, on May 18, 2014 Carrieanna graduated from the Docent Training Program at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Point Lobos Docent Graduation

Continue reading