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    Bermuda

    Leaving for Bermuda on Saturday for 10 days..

    Accesibility is a little tight on the island but I'll report back my experiences as I've been there before, in wc, but will be exploring new areas.

    Onward and upward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Chappell
    Leaving for Bermuda on Saturday for 10 days..

    Accesibility is a little tight on the island but I'll report back my experiences as I've been there before, in wc, but will be exploring new areas.

    Onward and upward
    Just a stone's throw North East of here. Have fun!
    Foolish

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    A curse on you for putting that Kokomo song in my head, but enjoy the trip.

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    Chris,

    I lived in Bermuda for a while before I was hurt. Where are you going and where are you staying?
    My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

    Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

    "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

    Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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    Pics, Chris. This adventure calls for pics.

    Have a great time!

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    Back from Bermuda, a very good trip. Let me hit the highpoints.

    1. Traveling JetBlue is the way to go. The key things are that its easy to get the first row seats so that you can essentially wheel right to the bulkhead and transfer to your seat - avoiding the dreaded aisle (Hannibal Lechter) chair. I've flown all the major airlines and to be honest I prefer the no-frills carriers who seem to be less concerned with passenger heirarchy. We had a little trouble with luggage transfers but overall I've always had great results with JetBlue.

    2. We utilized a cab driver for the week who had a ramp in his VW van and was very familiar with loading, unloading, accessibility, etc. Great guy, very convenient and knowledgeable. I highly recommend hiring a cab driver because renting a car is difficult and the cars are very small.

    3. The island in general is pretty rolling in terms of hills and valleys and the roads are very narrow. Wheeling through the majority of neighborhoods would be difficult. The towns, however old, are ok in terms of sidewalks, etc.

    4. As far as sightseeing everything was very accessible. The Aquarium, museum, zoo, dockyards, botanical gardens, ferry, Hamilton, etc. are fairly wheelchair friendly. I guess I would describe it as athletically accessible meaning you've got to have some general wc skills and be fairly strong to navigate some of the areas. Overall, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being a perfect, flat, smooth area I would say that Bermuda's a 6.

    5. Weather, surroundings. Typically tropical. Warmer air, lots of moisture, very green, lush, beautiful.

    6. Water and beach. This time of year the water is pretty cold. Vivid blue and green crystal clear waters however. The beaches are pinkish sand but very fine and soft. I was able to push about 150 yds right to a spot next to the water.

    7. A few places that we went: www.coralbeachclub.com

    http://www.frogandonion.bm/

    http://www.swizzleinn.com/

    http://www.themidoceanclubbermuda.com/

    http://www.bermuda4u.com/Attractions..._dockyard.html

    http://www.bamz.org/

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...da&btnG=Search

    Anyway, hope you enjoy looking at some of the sites. Happy travels all.

    Onward and upward.

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    Can you share contact information for the cab/van driver?? Did the van have tie-downs?

    (KLD)

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    You can not rent a car in Bermuda. You can only rent scooters. If you found a van with a lift, that is highly unusual. Keep that contact.
    My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

    Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

    "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

    Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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    That's really good to know. Thanks for sharing. I went to Bermuda the summer before I ended up in a chair and couldn't really remember whether it was accessible or not. It's gorgeous there
    ~Ashley~

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