Photo: We visited a roadside stand in Hope River. Left to right: Don, Jane, Daria, Annie Lee.
August 12, 2017. Summer is the time when we see a lot of visitors to the island. This year we had the pleasure of seeing friends from Ottawa, Jane Scott and Don Gribble. Jane and I were on the CHHA National board together, and currently serve on the CHHA Foundation board. Annie Lee and I spent a great afternoon discussing hard of hearing issues with them, and doing a bit of touring.
Jane and Don were great hosts when I was in Ottawa in November and my husband and I were more than happy to return the favour of showing them a good time. Besides the normal tourist sights, they got to see the “Knickers older than Canada” display at the Alberton Visitors Centre. (See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/undergarments-1800s-alberton-welcome-centre-delaney-mchugh-1.4230807)
One of the nicest things about travel when you are hard of hearing is that you get to see how other places address our needs. Jane shared this photo of a sign found in the women’s washroom of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic when they were in Lunenburg (see https://fisheriesmuseum.novascotia.ca).
Jane and Don were in Lunenburg to visit the Tall Ships. One of the ships, Lord Nelson, was fully equipped to handle disabled crew, up to 8 in wheelchairs, and they had special equipment and markers on the boat for the blind. As Jane commented, “Rather neat!” There are elevators to take wheelchairs and disabled between decks, and a rope and pulley system to bring wheelchairs up the gangplank. The hard of hearing haven’t been forgotten as the ship is equipped with a hearing loop!! Thinking about volunteering to crew? (See http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/vessels/tall-ship-lord-nelson)
Thanks Jane and Don, for sharing those stories! Do you have a tip or story to share about your travel adventures? Let us know! Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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