Got a story on Greyhound? – Some news for we all!!

If you are a traveler who has mobility impairment and use multiple types of transportation, then you probably have a story about Greyhound. I have memories of them telling us we couldn’t ride as a small child even!

Well, friends I am writting this time with some good news!!! After decades of work by the disability community major changes are underway.

Recently, I went to San Antonio with a friend. We took Greyhound. We road to and from San Antonio on brand new buses that were fully accessible, the staff understood how to use the equipment and the staff was helpful. All of the buses we saw were lift erupted    It is important to know that the Department of Justice entered into an agreement with Greyhound.  The agreement requires Greyhound to pay damages to people who have been discriminated against in recent years. If you have filed a complaint against Greyhound you may what to check the Department of Justice website at www.doj.gov.

The consent decree applies to buses and the Greyhound website.  Now anyone with a disability can buy tickets online which is important because that’s how you get the best prices. The trip we took was kind of a work thing so we didn’t get to do a lot of sightseeing but our trip to San Antonio easiest and most enjoyable I have ever taken on Greyhound, I am planning to go to San Antonio again soon.

We did get to go past the Alamo so I am including that picture.

at the alamo

 

What does Hello Kitty, a spinning desk chair, and eBay have in common?

The Blanton Museum!

I recently had an adventure there where I saw an exhibit called Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Nicole Cortichiato, I work at VSA Texas and I’ve agreed to be a guest blogger for 2betraveling and share with you all this adventure:

Eric Clow feeling nervous as I take a picture of him. Behind Eric on the floor is art. Guess what this silver sea of color is?

Eric Clow feeling nervous as I take a picture of him. Behind Eric on the floor is art. Guess what this silver sea of color is?

No idea? Here it is again with a random person touching and picking up the art on display. Wait! That’s crazy! Don’t touch that! It’s a museum. Come on!

No idea? Here it is again with a random person touching and picking up the art on display. Wait! That’s crazy! Don’t touch that! It’s a museum. Come on!

Surprise! It’s candy. And you can take one, but only one!!

Surprise! It’s candy. And you can take one, but only one!!

So on March 27th, Easter Sunday, I spent my time being inspired instead of hiding Easter eggs or eating all those dreadful peeps. So I headed over to the Blanton to see their Come as You Are: Art of the 1990´s exhibit.

And surprise! Holy Moly! Most of the art in this exhibit was before the Internet. It was before YouTube, before tweeting and before Facebook! Scary, right?

How did we, like, ever live back then? Well, this was a good reminder of where we came from and where we are still going.

Now, I’m not here to tell you to get off the couch because that sounds pretty good too. So I’ll just give you a small taster of what to look forward to, if you should choose to take this mission and get yourself over there.

What You Get to See:

  • A conversation with Ronald McDonald and Hello Kitty, where Ronald McDonald is clearly hitting on Hello Kitty (What!)
  • A new take on spilt milk that will have you thinking for awhile
  • Bunnies that kill (I know, unfathomable, right?)
  • A life size Ken doll (or at least it looks like one)
  • Phone sex operator scenes (nothing too explicit, I promise)
  • Juice running down a chin
  • And candy (yes, it is art)
TV screen with bunnies that may or may not be dangerous. You be the judge.

TV screen with bunnies that may or may not be dangerous. You be the judge.

Whether you’re an artist, or an admirer, this is a perfect place to get your juices flowing.

COSTS: $9.00 USD/ adult and $5.00 USD / student. And they do have a free day. It’s every Thursday.

ACCESIBILITY: Museum is accessible with lots of space to move if you’re in a wheelchair. And there’s plenty of disabled parking behind the museum.

Nicole Cortichiato

Salt Lake City

In late October I went to in Salt Lake City, for work but found much more than just work there!  I absolutely loved the wide open space that Utah has to offer.

Wide streets and sidewalks made it possible for me to move around with friends being side by side on the sidewalk instead of one of us having to be behind the other.

Salt Lake City has a very accessible transportation network and wide sidewalks. When we were not marching we used the train everywhere we went. You can contact the Utah Transit Authority at www.rideuta.com for more information about how to get around Salt Lake City.

As beautiful as it is, I have to mention that it gets difficult to access the areas of Salt Lake that are near the mountains.

I worked a great de100_1221al of the time I was there but when everything was finished I did have a chance to visit some places, like Legends Sports Bar and Pub they have great comfort food and the tables were able to accommodate a large group of people in wheelchairs… Very good service! If you want to know more about the place click on legends.com

We were given a very special gift by Mother Nature while we were in Salt Lake City. There was a blood moon eclipse. It was very beautiful. If you have an opportunity to go to Salt Lake City you should… It is breath taking!

Jennifer

Lady Bird Lake (Part II)

Want to Kayak?? – Camacho Recreation Center

The Camacho Recreation Center has a wheelchair accessible dock for folks with disabilities who want to kayak. I was at their grand opening recently for a demonstration of their accessible dock.  If you’re in a wheelchair you wheel right up do the transfer station, transfer from your chair onto the seat, and then slide it over into the kayak. There are people there that can help you do this. Once you’ve the kayak, which is on rollers, you could actually push yourself off into the water. Some people like myself have difficulty with trunk balance and we need a little bit more stability on the kayak.

Gene_Camacho

Gene @Camacho Recreation Center

The Camacho Recreation Center has a kayak built just for folks like us. Someone from the Parks Department can go out with us and paddle for us if we can’t paddle ourselves.

The Center is at 35 Robert Martinez Jr. St. and is very easy to get to by bus.

https://www.austintexas.gov/camacho

  • Gene

Lady Bird Lake Access (Part I)

Walk, Hike and Bike

Hike and Bike Path

Lady Bird Lake is one of the accessible recreational jewels in Austin, Tx. Whether you’re at or on Lady Bird Lake, you’ll have a good day. You can roll the length of the hike and bike path, get a close up you the lake, and meet new friends.

hike and bike path

Boardwalk

Austin has a boardwalk, that is wheelchair accessible, over Lady Bird Lake. It’s a great way to get really close to Lady Bird Lake. I mean you’re right on top of it. You can see fish and turtles. There are a few areas where the boardwalk is incorporated into the hike and bike trail which is just dirt. Sometimes after heavy rain, which is really rare, there might be gullies in the hike and bike path but generally speaking the boardwalk over Lady Bird Lake is a great way to enjoy Austin. The accessible entrances aren’t very well marked so it’s best to check the parks webpage to make sure you know in advance where those entrances are at https://www.austintexas.gov/department/ann-and-roy-butler-hike-and-bike-trail-and-boardwalk-lady-bird-lake.

  • Gene

Gene_boardwalk

Get out of town!! – CART´s has expanded Service

There are many people with disabilities who rely on public transportation, this includes me. For years it had not been possible for us to use public transportation in cities just outside of great areas, such as Austin, until now: CART’s has expanded its service!!
We chose to take a trip 31 miles southwest of to San Marcos. My buddy Danny and I went to San Marcos because we have always heard how beautiful it is. We wanted to figure out our way around town so we can get to the outlet mall and the San Marcos River. In addition to its natural beauty, San Marcos is famous for its river and its outlet malls.
The first landmark we saw up close was the campus of Texas State. For years people warned me that the hills on the campus make accessibility a challenge. The hills are huge but now that the buses take you around town it offers people with disabilities the chance to move around without much trouble!!
So, we drove downtown: it is very much like a Norman Rockwell painting with ramps sprinkled about town. Not every shop is accessible yet and the sidewalks need work but it is very beautiful .To San Marcos
After our downtown visit, we made our way to the bus station that serves as a hub for CARTs bus, Greyhound and the train station. When we got to the station we decided to have lunch at a place nearby. We settled on going to Casa Maria. I am glad we did because the food was delicious. The people are very nice and the building was accessible.
Our little expedition to San Marcos was great deal of fun. I am planning to make my way back soon.  I would like to take a ride on the glass bottom river boat. I have been hearing about it since I was a little girl but I never had a way to get there until now thanks to the new CART’s service.
Jennifer