Monday, October 25, 2010
wheelchair accessible corn maze
On a 75°F (23.9°C) Sunday afternoon in October one voice in my head screams ‘corn maze’, while the caregiver voice wonders is there even such a thing as a wheelchair accessible corn maze?
Googling and phone calls led me to Hayman Farms, seven miles northeast of
Hayman Farms is a privately owned working farm venturing into agritourism. Calling them I hear them say their maze is accessible but hearing their neighbor uses a wheelchair and is one of the first through the maze is all the proof I need. … The heart is always the best blueprint.
Now add Multiple Sclerosis symptoms of short term memory loss and visual impairment (legally blind) on top of the bafflement of a 2 acre corn maze, … well, I am quite sure that Patti and I have never laughed so hard in the middle of a field of corn.
Afterwards, we (OK, maybe just me) had time to grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals, "of courserous! Can't you?" While Patti and her goat buddy tried to ignore me, the sheep was captivated by my singing.
As the day was simply marvahlous dahling, we headed next to picnic in Willow Mill Park . You just do not find many parks that have pavilions with ramps and an entire row of tables custom cut for wheelchairs.
What better way to end the day, then settling in on the shore of the Conodoquinet Creek for some whale watching. …
Never did see one but that’s OK, when the day started I had never seen an accessible corn field either.
Adventures in accessibility are somewhat like a recipe. You take a dash of daydream mix in planning and work and with a pinch of good luck, let the good times roll.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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