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Calaveras Big Trees in the Sierras Mountains of CA

Calaveras Big Trees in the Sierras Mountains of CA

Calaveras Big Tress had been ordered to be preserved in 1904 by President Roosevelt, stating this area was "not only a Californian, but a national inheritance." Later in 1931 it became a state park. Today it offers wheelchair friendly accommodations, including camp...

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Martinez, California is one of America’s least visited historical sites, but it shouldn’t be. The details of what happened in Port Chicago are a little bit of a mystery, and the aftermath is an astonishing piece of...

California Coast: Fort Ross State Historical Park

California Coast: Fort Ross State Historical Park

Fort Ross, the southernmost Russian outpost in North America, stands on a high ocean bluff, with a calm sheltered cove below. The settlement was established in 1812 by explorers and fur traders of the Russian-American Company who came to hunt sea otters and seals. The...

California Coast: Vista Trail Access

California Coast: Vista Trail Access

This small turnout along Highway One, known as the Vista Trail, is a great place to stop for a picnic and a short hike along a loop trail that has spectacular views of the ocean and offshore rocks—if it’s not completely fogged in. (If so, try visiting later in the...

San Francisco: Lands End & Sutro Baths Trail Access

San Francisco: Lands End & Sutro Baths Trail Access

At San Francisco's northwestern tip is a forested, windswept park perched on steep bluffs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean shorelines, are the Sutro Baths and Lands End Trail. On a clear day, its sweeping views take in the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin...

Oakland, California: Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Oakland, California: Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Tucked between the intersection of Highways 24 and 13 in Oakland, you'll find Temescal Regional Recreation Area, one of East Bay Regional Park's first parks. Don't let its proximity to these freeways deter you from a visit for it offers a convenient way to swim at the...

CA, Bodega Bay: Bird Walk Trail

CA, Bodega Bay: Bird Walk Trail

Bird Walk is a mile-long loop trail through a revitalized 14-acre saltwater marsh at the mouth of Cheney Creek, where it empties into Bodega Harbor. This is one of Sonoma County’s prime spots for birdwatching; here and in the neighboring dune ponds, mudflats,...

Lake Chapala, Mexico 2011 Access Review

Lake Chapala, Mexico 2011 Access Review

This trip was to Chapala, Mexico. It's a small town located about 45 minutes drive from the Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. About 1 hours drive from the city itself. Before arriving at the Airport there is a wheelchair transport company that you can make...

CA, Bodega Bay Weekend Get-A-Way

CA, Bodega Bay Weekend Get-A-Way

Located off Highway 1 about 45 minutes north from the San Francisco Airport is the quaint town of Bodega Bay. This coastal destination is a perfect spot for a weekend get-a-way, secluded enough to fully unwind and enjoy the beautiful calming ambiance of the Pacific...

CA Coast, Jenner: Wrights Beach Access

CA Coast, Jenner: Wrights Beach Access

Wrights Beach with its low bluffs isn’t as dramatic as the coastline farther north, but it is pretty. A campground with three accessible sites is nestled against the bluffs, partially sheltered by trees and shrubs. Dogs are allowed on the beach here (on leash), and on...

Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

One of the most historical landmarks in San Francisco is the former federal state prison Alcatraz Island (“the rock”). From the mid-1930's to 1960's, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security federal prisons. Today, Alcatraz National Park is accessed by all. This...

CA, SF South Bay: Filoli Gardens Accessibility

CA, SF South Bay: Filoli Gardens Accessibility

Thirty minutes from San Francisco in the South Bay in Woodside, CA is a historical piece of land known as Filoli Gardens. Construction of the 654 acres was originally developed for a gold mining billionaire, William Bowers Bourn, and his family in 1915 however both...

CA, SF East Bay: Chabot Regional Park

CA, SF East Bay: Chabot Regional Park

If you find yourself in East Bay near Castro Valley and looking to spend some outdoors then think about exploring Chabot Regional Park. Accessible parking is available for $5.00. A large recreation area for picnics, water craft rentals, and a coffee shop are all...

Virginia: Bear Creek Lake State Park

Virginia: Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park is one of 40 parks in the Virginia state park system.  It is located in Cumberland, VA which is approximately an hour southwest of Richmond, VA. The park is located on 325 acres and the main attraction is a 40 acre recreation lake. The...

Pleasanton, California: Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Pleasanton, California: Wheelchair Accessible Trails

Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail In Pleasanton, California, on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, is a park called the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail and it has a great trail for a manual wheelchair user to get a good...

CA, Monterey: Seacliff State Beach Access

CA, Monterey: Seacliff State Beach Access

Seacliff State Beach stretches for nearly a mile along the northern end of Monterey Bay in the town of Aptos, connecting to New Brighton State Beach to the north. People come here to swim, picnic, visit the interpretive center, and fish off the accessible pier. From...

California Coast: Carmel River State Beach

California Coast: Carmel River State Beach

Carmel River State Beach in the Monterey Bay Area of California offers fine views of Carmel and Point Lobos State Park, and Monastery Beach (also called San Jose Creek Beach), at its southern end, is a popular diving spot. The beaches themselves are not accessible...

IDENTIFYING & TREATING THE SYMPTOMS OF POISON IVY

Poison ivy is a toxic plant that is commonly, but not exclusively, found through most continental areas of the United States. It tends to grow in totally wild areas but is also found in places which have seen human disturbance, such as road sides, sidewalks and trails...

California Coast: Stinson Beach Access

California Coast: Stinson Beach Access

Stinson Beach and its 3.5 miles of sandy oceanfront are very popular during summer. Part of the beach is maintained by the National Park Service, which provides volleyball equipment free of charge, runs a snack bar (open in summer) through a concessionaire, and staffs...

CA: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

CA: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

Within this 2,315-acre Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, the largest on the northeast bay shore, you'll find a variety of habitats; meadows, marshlands, rocky beaches, while views of Mt.Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline, and San Pablo and San Francisco Bay stretch...

California Coast: Fort Humboldt

California Coast: Fort Humboldt

Fort Humboldt in Northern California is a remnant of a U.S. Army outpost established in 1853 to protect settlers from Native American tribes. The one remaining original building, once a hospital, was moved to the current blufftop site, renovated, and is now a...

CA, Marin County: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

CA, Marin County: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

Just north of the Marin County Civic Center, bordering McInnis Park on San Pablo Bay, four miles of hard-packed levee trails wind around more than 350 acres of fresh and saltwater marsh, irrigated pasture, and ponds. Don't be discouraged if you detect a smell of...

CA State Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods

CA State Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 45 miles north of Eureka in the heart of redwood country, is a unit of Redwood National and State Parks and is designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. It encompasses over 14,000 acres of forest,...

CA, SF Bay Area: Alameda Creek Trail Access

CA, SF Bay Area: Alameda Creek Trail Access

In the California Bay Area, is a paved 12-mile trail along Alameda Creek from Niles Canyon to the bay attracts bicyclists, skaters, runners, and equestrians called the Alameda Creek Trail.  This trail will take you west a couple of miles out into the salt...

Northern California Coast Attractions

Northern California Coast Attractions

The rocky shores of the Northern California Coast offer countless views to relax in nature. There are no flashing lights, besides the lighthouses, and no shopping malls. It is place of serenity, a place to collect oneself and get lost in oneself; a place of simplicity...

CA, Bay Area: Pillar Point Harbor Accessible Trail

CA, Bay Area: Pillar Point Harbor Accessible Trail

Approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco, in the small town of Princeton, Pillar Point Harbor is a home port for commercial and sport fishing boats and a take-off point for whale watching, scuba diving, and kayaking in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine...

California Coast: Arcata Marshland Trails Access

California Coast: Arcata Marshland Trails Access

Arcata Marshland is 307-acres at the edge of Humboldt Bay and is an early and much-admired example of environmental restoration by design for both human and wildlife uses. It is a wildlife sanctuary, a haven for more than 250 species of birds, and also a...

CA, SF East Bay: San Lorenzo Park & River Trail

CA, SF East Bay: San Lorenzo Park & River Trail

This small urban park on the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz has a duck pond, accessible playground, and large lawns. Many fairs and festivals are held here, and on Saturdays there’s a farmers market. Downtown shops and restaurants are only a few blocks away. The San...

Neary Lagoon Trail in Santa Cruz, California

Neary Lagoon Trail in Santa Cruz, California

Neary Lagoon peaceful freshwater marsh lies within a 44-acre park tucked between a wastewater treatment plant and a residential neighborhood in the city of Santa Cruz. The 14-acre marsh includes a lagoon, which you can cross on a floating boardwalk, while enjoying...

CA, Monterey Bay:  Carmel City Beach

CA, Monterey Bay: Carmel City Beach

Carmel City Beach is a spectacular white-sand beach fronting the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for hand-crafted cottages from its days as an early artists’ colony, for its galleries, shops, and restaurants, and also for its hospitality to off-leash dogs. An...

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Elkhorn Slough

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is one of the best places in North America to see birds, and the best place for wheelchair riders to get close to the slough is little Kirby Park, at the upper end of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. Close to 350 bird species live in the...

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Asilomar State Beach

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Asilomar State Beach

Known for its distinctive white sand, Asilomar State Beach, in Pacific Grove, is about a mile long, with Sunset Drive and the California Coastal Trail behind it. This stretch of the Coastal Trail is composed of, intermittently, a boardwalk, firmly packed material, and...

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Point Lobos Trails

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Point Lobos Trails

  This rocky, forested headland was named Point Lobos in the late 18th century, for the sea lions (lobos marinos, “sea wolves”) whom Spanish settlers heard barking on offshore rocks. Hundreds of them live here almost year-round, between August and June. Also look...

Santa Cruz, CA: Lighthouse Field State Beach

Santa Cruz, CA: Lighthouse Field State Beach

A popular destination for surfers, bicyclists, and dog walkers, Lighthouse Field State Beach lies south of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and north of Natural Bridges State Park. There is no wheelchair access to the beach, but a pathway that runs for almost three...

South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

There is so much to see of this beautiful country.  One summer is surely not enough.  My trip to South Africa began in July 2003 from Newark Airport (New Jersey).  Newark is like any other airport.  I met up with the students that would be my...

California, Oxnard: Beach Park Accessibility

California, Oxnard: Beach Park Accessibility

Access to the outdoors becomes a tremendous challenge when one is faced with physical challenges that make it difficult to get to the bathroom, let alone to get outside the house.  It’s so important to overcome those obstacles and demand that sunshine and fresh...

Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

One of the first things staring me in the face when I found out I was going to Namibia was the formidable challenge it posed. As a quadriplegic, a trip to Africa represents the ultimate quest: managing the four days of travel which would include two 16 hour flights,...

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Accessibility

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Accessibility

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 821 acres in the redwoods and along the Big Sur River, is popular with families and may be the best place for wheelchair riders to stay overnight and enjoy the lovely but otherwise mostly inaccessible Big Sur coast. Be sure to reserve well...

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur Access

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur Access

Pfeiffer Beach, while hard to find, is one of the most popular beach access points in Big Sur. On our rainy weekday visit it was nearly deserted, but it’s easy to see why crowds gather here in good weather to enjoy the drama of the surf crashing through arches in the...

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. At BORP, we believe that...

CA, Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine

CA, Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine

This 1,400-acre reserve protects wetlands and uplands for scientific research, public education, and visitor enjoyment. Five miles of steep trails over rough terrain lead through oak woodlands and grasslands to viewpoints overlooking wetlands and the main channel of...

Flying with a Wheelchair

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