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Travel with a Disability

Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 2014 New Zealand

Our next stop was Wanaka, a small lakeside town in the Queenstown Lakes District. On the way there from Te Anau we drove through wildly popular and buzzing Queenstown, and were glad that we’d decided to base ourselves in Wanaka…
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Te Anau and Milford Sound

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 2014 New Zealand

The southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island is called Fiordland. It’s a remote, sparsely populated wonderland of mountains, forests and deep ocean sounds. This part of the trip entailed the most planning and probably engendered the most anxiety on…
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Invercargill: Tuataras and Indians

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 2014 New Zealand

When I first started planning our trip around South Island, Invercargill was just a one night stop between Dunedin and Te Anau. Until my beloved leaned over my shoulder as I was staring at the map and exclaimed, “Invercargill? That’s…
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Curio Bay

Through the Catlins to Invercargill

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 2014 New Zealand

The first leg of our trip around New Zealand’s South Island was a driving the Southern Scenic Route from Dunedin to Invercargill through the Catlins. The Catlins are a sparsely populated coastal area in the southeastern corner of the islands….
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New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand’s South Island

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 2014 New Zealand

We’re just back from a month traveling around New Zealand’s South Island, and we had a great time. We visited Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka, and Christchurch. We rented a small car and stayed with friends and in mid-priced motels….
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Amsterdam by Wheelchair

Here’s a video I came across recently: “With a Wheelchair in Amsterdam: A Wheelchair User’s Spontaneous Trip”. It’s in German, with some English (and no captions, alas). It’s a “get packed and go to the airport and then we’ll tell…
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Packing Light: Five Days in Seattle

Thanksgiving with the family in Seattle. Highs in the low 50s, lows in low 40s, slight chance of rain, and of course a lot more humidity than I’m accustomed to here in Colorado. Besides celebrating the holidays, we’re going to…
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Ade Adepitan

Getting Across London in a Wheelchair

Christiane Link and Ade Adepitan in a contest to get across London. Christiane is using public transport (brave woman!), and Ade is handcycling through London traffic (brave man!). Afterwards they discuss the legacy of the London Paralympics.

My New Favorite Airline: Southwest

In the frequent travel game, one of the things you hear all the time is that you need to pick an airline and stick with it. Only by consistently traveling with the same carrier will you be able to achieve…
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Overpacking and Repentance

Last summer and fall I was traveling regularly to Phoenix for a week at time. Phoenix had its special packing challenges, most notably outside temperatures well into the 100s, and inside temps as low as 65, but I eventually figured…
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Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

I had a lovely time Friday at the Musical Instrument Museum (“the MIM”) in Phoenix. I had a free evening, and stumbled on a piano concert that was being given at the MIM. I’m not sure what I was expecting…
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Accessibility at Taliesin West

I went out to Taliesin West for a tour today. Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home from 1937 until 1939. It currently houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and is one of two campuses of the Frank Lloyd…
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