Accessible Off-Roading???

April 24, 2010 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

Thrill-seekers by nature, Bill and I both enjoy experiencing and learning about new cultures and taking the path less traveled.  Bill is a travel agent and we try to travel as much as we can. When we are at our destination, we like to immerse ourselves in the culture and explore our surroundings as much as possible.  We are always wanting to experience the destination like a local, versus going the commercialized tourist route.  This has, however, led to many adventures; crossing the Yucatan on a dirt back-road in a four-wheel jeep to get from Cancun to the Chitzen itza ruins, instead of taking the tour bus is one of many of these experiences.

At times, we have had to modify these adventures, in order to experience them: riding in a four-wheel jeep around Aruba versus on four-wheelers, renting a car to drive up to the highest point possible in El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico instead of hiking on foot, and slowly, and carefully, traversing over the rock and uneven terrain to get to Kings Tableland, Australia Blue Mountains, despite our guide’s skepticism and fear, to see the amazing view.

It is our firm belief that we can always participate in an activity, but it may just be done a bit differently than someone who is able-bodied.  Disabled Explorers takes this same approach.  Their mission “is to enhance the quality of life for the disabled through independent 4wd backcountry travel.”

In order to complete these trips, they utilize a wheelchair accessible van for expeditions (W.A.V.E.), along with the Action Trackchair, which looks like a wheelchair-tank hybrid.  Disabled Explorers is an Arizona-based non-profit organization run by volunteers, and founded by Lance Blair, who is an amputee and an Intensive Care RN.

I am continuously inspired by those who are passionate about finding ways to provide opportunities to the disabled to live life to its fullest.   Being a part of one of these expeditions would be an experience I hope that Bill can add to our list of amazing adventures.

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