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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 CA Coast Accessible Travel

Northern CA Coast Accessible Travel

The rocky shores of the Northern California Coast offer countless views but not endless entertainment. 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...

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 for...

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...

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