If you know me, you know I love going to the California State Fair! This year I wanted to pay close attention to accessibility at the Fair. In particular, I wanted to find out what challenges wheelchair-users have encountered.
Visiting one of the “Cities of the Dead” was high on my “must-do in New Orleans” list.
Our hotel was in the Garden District, so while Amanda was doing homework I went exploring, camera in hand, and found Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
I visited midmorning on a Saturday and found very few people there – although one man did approach to tell me about the open crypt (see below). I’m pretty sure he was hoping I would ask questions and then give him a tip for being a “tour guide.” I did neither, just politely thanked him.
As we prepared for two trips – a family wedding in October and, a few months later, attendance at a cultural event – I found it necessary to make accessible lodging arrangements.
I solicited the help of a travel agent for the second trip, knowing that hotels would be crowded and costly, and hoping she would have some “professional sway” to make sure we got what we needed. (Big thanks to Nona of Divine Destination Weddings, who specializes in all aspects of travel!)
For the wedding, however, I chose to trust my instincts and follow the suggestions of Candy Harrington as shared in her presentation to the Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society in May 2014.
Head over heels.
In love? Well, no.
Actually, it’s head-over-heels-over-head-over-heels, rolling down a grassy hill in a large inflatable plastic ball.
If you don’t like to read blogs where the author “sings their own praises,” then you’ll probably want to skip my post today.
And probably Sunday’s too.
(But after that, I will get back to talking about my travels. I promise!)