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The wife and I are fulltimers and really enjoy the western states. The wife's mobility is declining as we all do and we are looking for things todo where the limited mobility is not an issue. We have enjoyed steam train rides and city tours and plan to ride the sleigh in the National Elk Refuge this winter. So give me some ideas, we are ready to go. Thanks

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A couple of years ago we took a short boat ride from the Riverside Casino.  It just goes in front of the casinos and up to the dam.  People that needed to loaded first and if necessary there was first floor seating.  Short and inexpensive but informative and entertaining.   We also took a boat ride on Lake Havasu on a boat that carried just 6 passengers.  Each with their own captains chair.  This boat goes through Lake Havasu and up the Colorado River into the gorge to Topok.   They also served a small lunch.  I can't remember the name but it left from London Bridge and it was a great experience.  Very relaxing.  Plenty of available camping in these areas but best times are early spring, maybe April or in the fall.

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My best travel tip if she can still walk is to buy one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Alex-Orthopedic-Inc-Walking-Combination/dp/B000B8N6K2/ref=sr_1_5?crid=11BJ5365NWRN8&dchild=1&keywords=sport+seat+folding+seat%2Fwalking+stick&qid=1577428719&sprefix=sport+seat%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-5  I liked being able to sit down while tour guides talked. I put the cushion from a crutch handle over the handle to better fit my grip. Don't get a slit cushion; get one you have to twist on over the end. 

If she has trouble walking I recommend one of these: https://shop.travelscoot.com/us/ That's what I use now and I love it! I bought it while we lived in our Class A. My blog about that is here: https://sandcastle.sandsys.org/2011/06/getting-healthy-mobility/

Linda Sand

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Mobility....the definition varies according to activity.

Early in my career, I supervised a couple of interpretive naturalists.  We organized a set of "handicapped" tours using the local Boy Scout troop and Forest Service resources.  Our tours went through "swamps", but today's term is wetlands.  They are still cool no matter what you call them.

My surprise was the number of Vietnam vet's with war wounds that made it difficult for them to walk.  Canoeing, however, took advantage of their upper body strength and suddenly they were no longer "handicapped". 

The letters were most gratifying and opened a view on "mobility" that changed as a result.

Mobility...canoes, electric bicycles, tri-cycles both electric and non-electric, motorized wheel chairs, wheel chairs for trails, and it keeps going.......define your mobility issues and then look at how you can overcome them.

A raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon has been on my bucket list for 50 years.  I am saving it for my later years, when I have mobility issues.


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