Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Mental Head Slap...Deserved!

Today I just had to give myself a big, old mental head slap! It was deserved. I didn't give myself a real head slap...that would hurt. Here's is why this self punishment was needed.

This morning I found a question on my blog regarding my post on Priest Point Park. Jerry and Suzy ( were wondering if this nature park was accessible to wheelchairs or motorized scooters. How stupid of me that I didn't include any information on that fact when making the original post.

I will try to remember that question with future posts on places to visit. That is a very important detail for many travelers out there, fulltimers or not. I'm sorry that I've been so ignorant as to have left that out.

The quick answer to the question from Jerry and Suzy is that part of the area at Priest Point Park has a trail that can be navigated from a motorized scooter or by wheelchair. That trail would be much shorter than the Ellis Cove Trail and there is also a rose garden in that area. In the main part of the park, near the parking, there are picnic kitchens that can be accessed by wheelchairs also.

The longest trail, Ellis Cove Trail, is not usable by physically challenged folks. There are several steep steps on the trail in order to get to the lower areas by the shoreline. Olympia is a very forward-thinking community and in most cases there are areas that all people can enjoy. It just so happens that this area of the community (Priest Point Park) is very old and the trail has not been reconfigured in many years. Hope this new information helps.

Until next long for now!


Rick and Paulette said...

I guess I'm in the same boat as you on this Margie. I confess, in talking about hikes, trails and visiting places, I've never mentioned access for scooters and wheelchairs either. Like you, I'll try and be more careful in the future.

NWlambear said...

Just a suggestion....when you guys post a site that would be interesting to visit...just activate/link the name of the place. Then we can go read up on it and see what access there is for the disabled. I know that would be really appreciated!