In earlier posts and on my home page I have explained the reasons I started this blog. It is about Aging in Place not only in the inside of our homes but in the yard and garden around our home. We want our gardens to be accessible not just to those able-bodied souls that are pictured in every magazine – robust gardeners all – but also those differently abled, perhaps even confined to a wheelchair. That might not be you, but it might be a parent or friend that you invite to your home or have living with you.
Here I am again providing another reason that we (DH through his photos and I) blog. Traveling and photographing gardens and the natural world is one of our favorite pastimes and we want to share it with you who are also differently abled.
With DH’s help, it is more or less easy to take my walker / rollator everywhere. But this presumes that there is a place on the other end where I can use the rollator. What we have found is that it is more difficult than it might be to get around natural habitats with a rollator. So we have been adding posts about those locations that are particularly accessible to those who are less abled than the usual backpacker. We call it “accessible traveling.”
1. Accessible by Auto
There are beautiful locations to see and photograph nature, but not every one of them is accessible by car. We have found many that one can drive to, but then to see the real landmark or lake or other spot, one has to get out and hike to it. So we have begun to note those locations that one does not even have to get out of the car to “see the sights.” Examples include:
In Florida, one of the finest car tours is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Kennedy Space Center complex on the east coast of Florida just south of Daytona. Black Point Wildlife Drive is a 9 mile gravel drive through lakes, bogs, and wild terrain where roseate spoonbills, pelicans, eagles, hawks, ibis, cranes, ducks, and alligators can be spotted and photographed.
We will post some photos of its treasures in the future
2. Accessible by Rollator
Many sights have paths to them, but not all are rollator friendly. They may be just clearings, or gravel that is hard to roll over. We will note when the path is paved or boarded and in any other way more accessible and friendly for rollators. Examples include:
The Everglades is a huge national park encompassing almost the entire south of Florida, but it is not particularly handicapped friendly. A treasure stop is Anhinga Trail, a paved walkway several miles long and even the first few hundred feet will provide a bounty of sights and sounds for your nature-lovin’ eyes and heart.
3. Accessible by Wheelchair
Another help for nature buffs is accessibility to wheelchairs at the site, and the most wonderful of all, when electric carts are available! Our favorite is Longwood Gardens, which not only has wheelchairs but for a fee will rent out electric carts to enable anyone to visit the entire multi-acre site. And their paths are asphalt paved, not gravel!