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Retirement = Traveling = RVing – Could it Be A Possibility??

Okay so if you’ve been following along with me and this new journey, #Living_This_Paralyzed_Life, then you will remember several months back we were basically forced to cancel our trip to #Sedona AZ because, well basically, I panicked. I panicked because I have not yet traveled anywhere in any vehicle except our car and frankly, we don’t know how to do any other form of transportation. I know I need an #Aisle_Wheelchair but how does one go about getting one??? The airline we had our flights booked with publishes an “accessibility desk” phone number which I assumed would be able to help answer a few questions we had but sadly, after calling for 3 days, no one ever answered the phone, so yes, I panicked and we cancelled our entire trip. 🙁

Which now brings us to, once again, trying to figure out how, how can we travel more easily and less stressful for both of us. My honey will be retiring and we, like many other retirees, would love to travel, but how? How always seems to be such a daunting thought now. 🙁 We know flying doesn’t work but perhaps an #RV 🤔

After discussing the pros and cons of the various types of RVs, we decided a small tow behind might work best for us. So together we set out to visit Camping World, our local RV dealer. We went with intentions on looking at a #Coleman #Travel_Trailer. While we were there, the staff suggested we look at a #Toyhauler because it might be easier to push me in as the entire back wall opens down to a ramp. While that was really interesting, we feel that it might be too steep for my honey to push me in the #wheelchair.

Which brings us back to a travel trailer. Now, with a travel trailer we need to decide on how to get me in, I would like to go along 😂 Adding a lift of course adds to the overall cost. As of now, the Coleman Lantern by Dutchmen seems to be what would fit our needs bearing in mind additional costs and time for additional modifications. Personally, I really like the 2019 Coleman Coleman Light 2515RL, this model also has the jack-n-jill bathroom which is beneficial if we had guests as my honey needs to assist me and having this would help me maintain some small level of dignity.

We haven’t explored the additional cost of adding a lift but the additional conversion cost to modify the new Dodge Grand Caravan we purchased last month was just over $20K! 😲

For now we will continue to explore options and cost but would welcome any suggestions 😉

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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Unable To Attend…Forced To Remember From A Distance

Here I sit yet again feeling sad and angry because once again I’m forced to be left out of an upcoming event I should be attending. Continue Reading Here

Inclusion. . .It’s A Choice

In my life “before” (aka before life in a #wheelchair) I/we would get excited to be invited to an event/activity, now all I feel is anxiety and stress. Continue Reading Here

“Peaking” Into A New Year

With the new year fast approaching, everyone reflects on the year gone by and dreams of the year ahead. With my #paralysis in 2016, I sunk down into a very bad hole, I couldn’t see any future for 2017. Then as 2017 was coming to its closing, looking forward to 2018 didn’t seem much brighter. Continue Reading

#Advocate For #Family Restrooms

Today I read an interesting blog post titled A Bad Advocate With Good Intentions on the Help Codi Heal blog. As I read this post it occurred to me that almost every blog I have read by a paralyzed person, woman or man, talks about being an advocate for disabilities and/or a motivational speaker. Up until now I was thinking perhaps many become motivational speakers because it’s one of the few things they can do. I enjoyed Hedi’s post because I loved the honesty. And then it hit me, I think I too may be or could be a bad #advocate with good intentions. Continue Reading

A Girl’s Gotta Do What A Girl’s Gotta Do

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do right, and for me that means SHOPPING!

Seriously though, while I do like shopping, I’ve found that wearing jeans and slacks just aren’t as practical for me, not on a regular basis at least.  #Accessibility is not always about ramps for easy/accessible entry.  For me, dresses & skirts are my new “go to” attire. Read More

It’s Okay to Not be Okay…

I’m not okay, or at least, I’m not who I was before, before losing my joy, my energy, my zest for life, my love of the changing seasons, my enjoyment in decorating, before losing me, Read More

The Benefits & Cost$ of #Accessible #Independence

The benefits & costs of accessible independence can be out of reach for some people.  For me, I’m lucky & thankful that my honey is very handy Read the rest of this entry »

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