Charge up your batteries and Go Outside!

Charge up your batteries and Go Outside!

By Marty Stuetzer

 

My wife and I love camping and we go approximately 12 weekends during the year.  On the busy Labor Day weekend, my wife and I pulled our 5th wheel camper to the Michigan State campground in Tawas Michigan.  I couldn’t help but notice the camping sites that are designed specifically to be wheelchair friendly.  Of course the fact that I am employed at AutoAbility (they manufacture the nicest rear entry wheelchair minivans on the market) has everything to do with my interest in these sites.  The internal roads are paved and the camp site has a considerable amount of concrete, offering a very smooth and level area on which to operate a manual or electric wheelchair.


This campground also has four small cabins you can book - for up to one year in advance.  There are two cabins right on the beach that make for a nice relaxing view. The Tawas campground is wonderful.  There is a paved trail going right up to the lighthouse on Tawas Pointe.  You will enjoy the view of the vast waters of Lake Huron at sunrise, sunset, or any other time of the day.


Activities change each weekend within the park, but downtown Tawas has a plethora of small shops to peruse for gift items or Tawas memorabilia.  Sometimes they have arts and crafts shows down the street at the lakeside park.


Tawas is not the only campground that is wheelchair friendly.  Use the Michigan State campground link below to discover other state park campgrounds.


Wheelchair accessible Michigan State campgrounds

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366_41825_51117---,00.html

As I said, we love camping – so much so we are members of a small camping club as well as Outdoor Adventures.   http://www.outdooradventuresinc.com/  Outdoor Adventures has cabins for rent with wheelchair ramps.  These are nice cabins - add in the fact the campground in Davison has many activities and you won’t be bored.


I was looking for the web site for Michigan State Campgrounds and found a few more web sites that may interest those who are interested in getting out.  See below…


Wheelchair accessible trails

http://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/mi-wheelchair-accessible-trails.aspx


Challenge Magazine

Challenge Magazine is a publication of Disabled Sports USA, providing adaptive sports information to adults and children with disabilities, including those who are visually impaired, amputees, spinal cord injured (paraplegic and quadriplegic), and those who have multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, autism and other related intellectual disabilities. 

http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/about/news/challenge-magazine/?gclid=CJyIosv6kc8CFYQ7gQod8VULbQ


Disabled World towards tomorrow

http://www.disabled-world.com/

The primary focus of the Disabled World web site is to provide up to date information via our informative articles, disability news and educational videos. In addition to stories by our in-house writers and news items by disability organizations and Government Departments, each day we manually select relevant items that we consider will be of interest to persons with disabilities, care givers, and the general public.


Easter Seals

Easter Seals has long been recognized as a go to resource for people with disabilities.  They have a web site with many resources ranging from info for people dealing with autism, to learning how to live with a disability, to financial aid, and more.

http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/


Michigan's Ocqueoc Falls

Ocqueoc Falls is the first truly universally accessible waterfall in the nation.  Even those with varying degrees of disability can enter the waters of the waterfall and enjoy these resources thanks to the Michigan DNR and the Accessibility Advisory Council.

http://www.michigan.gov/disabilityresources/0,4563,7-223-45370-283510--,00.html


There is so much to do outside for everyone.  Get on the internet, plan a trip and get going!

Go Outside!

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