To Boldly Go

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:06am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 3
Eagerly anticipating the arrival of our train at the Hammond (La.) Amtrak station, my husband and I were as excited as the animated grade-school children running among the suitcases. All of us repeatedly gazed down the tracks trying to get the first glimpse of the engine light. Hammond is a 30-minute drive from our home and the second stop the “City of New Orleans” makes heading north to its...
posted on January 7, 2013 - 9:21am
Quest Vol. 20, No. 1
My husband is a romantic and I an a realist. The first time we planned a trip abroad, he suggested that I add Paris to the itinerary. I swiftly nixed his request. The thought of orchestrating wheelchair-accessible trips to two countries seemed daunting. But, ignoring the detour to France was my one regret after visiting England. The next time we traveled abroad, I researched our options and...
posted on October 1, 2012 - 9:00am
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 4
When our family travels, we prefer driving to flying. Driving, in our wheelchair-accessible minivan, is simply easier. I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and use a large, bulky electric wheelchair. If traveling by air, I forgo my independence and take a smaller manual wheelchair.
posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:20pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the incorrect website and phone number for Bridgeview Manufacturing. The story was revised to reflect the correct information. Barbara Graztke loves to vacation and enjoys traveling six to eight months out of every year. But she finds hotels uncomfortable and doesn’t like to fly. She visits family and friends across the country, but is unable to...
posted on October 1, 2011 - 11:03am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
The prospect of traveling in a wheelchair to London, a city steeped with history dating back to the Romans, filled me with trepidation. Visions of cobblestone streets, buildings without elevators, and entryways with massive stairways had my heart racing with anxiety as I planned our first trip to London.
posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:05am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Bright red and warm gold foliage creates an autumn bouquet shimmering through the tree-lined streets of downtown Little Rock. Restaurant windows are wide open to capture the crisp November air. Walking along the busy sidewalk, we are tempted to reach out and shake hands with the patrons. Fall has arrived in the Arkansas capital.
posted on October 1, 2010 - 5:00pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 4
Accessible family fun is the focus of Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. The 25-acre facility in San Antonio, Texas, is a place where kids of all abilities can interact.
posted on June 24, 2010 - 3:51pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 3
The deep forests, cascading creeks and tranquil alpine lakes of the hiking trails of the Northwest provide some of the most spectacular scenery in America. My wife Debi and I love these trails, and now that she uses a wheelchair for ataxia, we’ve been surprised to discover how many are accessible.
posted on April 1, 2010 - 4:10pm
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 2
Just sitting on the beach puts a smile on our faces. There’s something special about warm breezes blowing across your cheeks, breathing healthy gulps of saltwater air, listening to waves crash against the shore and seeing the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico tickling the sugar-white sand.
posted on February 12, 2010 - 3:00pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 1
Over the years, you've read all about the breathtaking destinations and exciting adventures awaiting travelers with disabilities in Andy Vladimir's "To Boldly Go" column in Quest. Now let's take a look at some of the travel agencies that make accessible travel a reality. If you build it...