ASAP help for handicap honeymoon

Old Feb 14th, 2022, 10:30 AM
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ASAP help for handicap honeymoon

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me and fiance are getting married on may 13th and I am having a huge struggle trying to find a surprise honeymoon for us he is paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair. I want to give him the most fulfilling honeymoon that I can as he has only been handicapped for a year now and i want to how him there are things that we can still enjoy and love as we use to before his accident we did lots of hiking river walking rock finding etc. We were very outdoors loving people and we are finding it hard to find accessible things to do we are on a small budget but im not to concerned about the price i will figure it out we live in a small town in iowa so mostly looking for things closer by to iowa any help with this request will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance....
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Old Feb 14th, 2022, 01:12 PM
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https://curbfreewithcorylee.com/2019...abled-cruises/

My first thought for you may be out of budget, and you have the difficulties of airports, but it would be be a cruise to Alaska. Cruise ships are some of the easiest vacations for wheelchair people. You can do so many things and have absolutely everything available all in one area. Meals at many different restaurants, pools and spas, theater, music venues, interesting ports to visit, etc. cabins with doors and bathrooms for wheelchairs are available. Elevators and ramps are in place. There are outdoor promenades for strolling/rolling and bars and sun decks for hanging out.
I think of Alaska because of your interest in the outdoors. I have not yet been there, but friends who have, rave about the beauty of the landscape.

I saw a lot of articles about traveling with a wheelchair, will send them later, but wanted to send something to you right away.

A few years ago, I took a fragile, 82 year old friend on a cruise to the Caribbean. To be fair in telling you, she was mobile, could walk, but not far, not in airports, stairs, etc. and was wobbly on the ship, could not carry her own food, etc., so we used a wheelchair. The cruise line provided an escort to meet at the car and take her through boarding and to her cabin. The airport provided a person to push and help with luggage from door to boarding. By the end of the cruise, my friend was really enjoying all the music, meeting people, socializing at dinner, a balcony for sea breezes, etc. I know it is your Honeymoon, but it might be useful to have someone else with you for the the harder bits, maybe another couple in their own cabin.
Another idea: a destination wedding, on a ship. That way there would be more help for you the first trip.
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Itasca State Park near Bemidji, Minnesota is of national park quality and an easy day's drive from you. It has paved trails and the lodging is wheelchair accessible. It has the headwaters of the Mississippi, a lake and virgin pine forests. I've always enjoyed it. See: https://emerginghorizons.com/stay-an...ca-state-park/ Nearby Bemidji has more lodging and two paved trails in Lake Bemidji State Park.

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https://thepointsguy.com/news/most-a...ited-mobility/

Excellent article that covers things you need and do not even know to ask. For example, while an escort may push the chair onto the ship for initial boarding, they are not allowed to provide assistance for tenders. It could be too dangerous, so important to choose the itinerary carefully.

I do realize this was not what you asked and does not meet the criteria you mentioned, but when you mentioned the love of outdoors, it seemed a good possibility. You may not wish to do it now, but it could be a great idea for later.

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Have you ever thought of a Scuba honeymoon? One site I found is: https://www.lifewaters.org/about.html.
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I like the idea of Itasca because when we have gone fly fishing some places I have seen wheelchair accessible "decks" for access.
This is a wonderful idea you have and I hope you will find the right spot.
You might ask at the rehab center he undoubtedly has been to if they have any ideas.
I might also add, this isn't the last trip you'll take and as you have said, you want him to know what is possible. So you might think about starting "small" so it isn't so stressfull for both of you. Then there is always "next time". Make it meaningful and you both will be rewarded IMO. Honeymoons are stressful enough!! LOL Mine was 57 years ago.

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https://www.amsvans.com/research-whe...icas-heartland

https://www.traveliowa.com/getinspir...ible-iowa/505/

This rental home in Glidden, Iowa has a roll-in shower, and nearby you have Russell White Nature Trail on the Raccoon River, Swan Lake State Park, Houlihan Trail, The Whiterock Conservancy at Coon Rapids, and Black Hawk State Park.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28919776

If it happens to be available on your dates, Swan Lake State Park has one handicapped-accessible cabin with a roll-in shower in one of the bathrooms:

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