The last five weeks have been a world wind of adventure and new beginnings for my husband and me. We went down to Miami for three weeks in the middle of October for our annual relaxation and recharge trip to see friends, family, and explore new handicap accessible adventures.
We returned back to Raleigh, North Carolina to quickly close on our first condo home together! It’s been nonstop the last two weeks working with contractors to make my bathroom accessible before we move into our new home in the New Year. So many wonderful changes, but we’ve been busy. So, I apologize for the Quirky Quad hiatusJ
While we were in Miami we were surrounded by friends and family on so many adventures, relaxing at Tiki hut bars, having piña colada’s at sunset, taking accessible boat rides at Shake-a-Leg sailing school, and so much more.
However, this year I really wanted to be able to get into the ocean, snorkel, and go on new adventures. I looked far and wide, but I could not find any accessible boats that had a seat to lower me into the ocean so I could go snorkeling with my husband.
I broke my neck in the Bahamas 9 years ago at my home and other than a brief dalliance in the ocean on a cruise in Mexico two years ago, I’ve been unable to get back into the beautiful waters of the ocean. I’d like to head back to the Bahamas in the next year or so, but I wanted practice to make sure I could swim as well in the ocean as I am able to in the pool.
On our trip to Miami last year many of my wheelchair friends told me about this gentleman named Captain (Capt.) Mick who runs a nonprofit organization called Tranquil Adventures in Key Largo (https://activedisabledamericans.org/). Somehow time got away from us last year, but this year I was determined to make it happen. Continue reading