Great Guy, Great Guitarist
Excellent article (“Eric Howk. The Man,” June 2018). Eric is a trailblazer and a hell of a guitarist. I’ve had the pleasure of his company quite a few times, and I love his humor and attitude.
That Extra Spark
Fabulous article (“Eric Howk. The Man”)! Eric has that drive, that something extra that has propelled him to the top … very few people are lucky enough to have that extra spark combined with God-given talent! Well done, Eric!
Beyond National Parks
I so appreciate your insight and experiences (“Nature’s Sublime Wonderlands: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks,” May 2018). I’m a T6 para and was an avid camper before my accident 18 years ago. With my kids now grown up, I’m planning my escape. These trips will be weeks, if not months, at a time. I have been researching everything it is going to take for me to get back out there with just my truck, and teardrop campers have won me over.
There are dozens of types, but I have broken it down to just two or three that will allow me to either camp at an RV park as I see the U.S., or what I am really after — camping in the “boondocks” off the beaten path with no electricity, water, bathroom facilities or dining facilities. You must be a very strategic planner and up for the known and unknown challenges. This is right up my alley.
Despite the challenge, these places can be some of the most scenic, solemn beautiful places in the U.S. — far away from the crowds. There are literally millions of acres of Bureau of Land Management land at $0 to minimal cost per allocated stay, usually 14 days at a time, but it varies. These savings extend the amount of time I can travel, as staying at hotels or RV parks every night is cost prohibitive.
Daughter of the Year
What a wonderful story (“Rolling With Dad,” June 2018). Even in the midst of an accident that was painful and debilitating — this wonderful time happened for the both of you. What a great daughter you are!
Hybrid Chair Wonders
I use a Spinergy ZX-1 Power Add-On that very rapidly attaches to my TiLite ZRA (“Portable Power Chairs,” May 2018). It is easy for a quadriplegic to use and weighs only 82 pounds.
I get around the house in manual, and most times when I drive my car, but I can go out easily in the ZX-1. No transferring between manual and electric is a major bonus for me.
I love the concept of these travel chairs, but what I don’t get is how they get out of and into the trunk of a vehicle (“Portable Power Chairs,” May 2018). Fifty pounds is not trivial, even when its broken down into component parts. I have a 20-pound Ti wheelchair and that’s heavy for a couple of the people who have assisted me. What am I missing?
Patricia Bissey Greaves
Bathrooms Lack Access
My teenage son uses a wheelchair, and one of the most frustrating things we encounter is accessible bathrooms with stalls so small a wheelchair cannot fit into them (“Small Town ADA Violations: Building a Group Case,” May 2018). He is forced to use a cover drape and sit in the open to cath where anyone entering the bathroom will see (and the doors leading to the outside rarely have a lock). It seems as long as a rail is placed inside the stall they can get away with slapping a wheelchair access sign on the door.