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New Vistas Opening for Wheelchair Tourists By Bill Riser As more handicapped people secure jobs and gain economic independence, our need for vacation opportunities grows. A week or two | BUCK ROE BEACH, VIRGIN^ - HOUSttEBMNG UNITS TV. / AIRCONDITIONIIIC FURMISHB KITCHENS 12BEDROOMS LINBIS FURNISHED GORDON'S COTTAGE COURT I 301S.2ndSt Buckroe Beach, Va. 23664 Phone (804) 851-9131 BLOCKran* FISHMG PHB WRITE FOR RATES! traveling or visiting friends is part of the American way of life, most nusmesses. large and small, provide employees w i t h paid vacations. This is not philanthropy, but recognition of the fact that people do better jobs if they can rest sometime during the year. It may not be a legal or constitutional right, but taken away. I think we'd see a revolution! For handicapped people, taking a vacation is more complicated than for others. We can't just hop into a car and drive to the beach, fly across the c o u n t r y a s s u m i n g w e ' l l find accessible hotel accommodations, or hitchhike through Europe. Still, growing public awareness of environmental and transportation barriers has led to removal of some great travel restrictions, and ftill K'l.vf r, of H inston-Srilt'tii, ,Y(., mill Hnntlicnpiel American of the Year, writes n weekly syndicated newspaper column* a weekly rndio program, and edits n newspaper far the \orih C.aralina KvlKibililtition .-tsxn. This column is one of n xerirs of ttrelre, which is being provided monthly to this newspaper 6v The President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. SECLUDED, RELAXING-A MOUNTAIN PARADISE High in the Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia, Hotel Mountain Lake has action for all the family. Huge lake for swimming and fishing, stables, tennis, golf .. . scenic mountain trails to explore. Ideal climate. Choice of hotel or cottage accommodations S19-S23 per person double occupancy, includes three meals daily and use of recreational facilities. Open Mav 1 to September IS MOUNTAIN LAKE HOTEL Mountain Lake. Virginia 24136 60 miles west ol Roanohe on Hwy. 460 Phone (7031626-7121. Pembroke. Va. now. with planning, we can enjoy a vacation. Car travel is easier than before. M a n y states r e q u i r e accessible stops on state roads, and the Federal Highway Commission only recently has started marking accessible rest stops on Interstate Highways. I n t e r n a t i o n a l hotel c h a i n s a r c cooperating too. Holiday Inn Corp. for i n s t a n c e , r e q u i r e s i t s n e w l y built facilities to have one room in every 50 accessible to handicapped people. Barrier free accommoda- t i o n s are also a v a i l a b l e at Best Western. Ramada. Hilton. Quality 'Inns, and other hostelries.For severely disabled people, air travel is the most convenient way if covering long d i s t a n c e s . R e g u l a t i o n s which have restricted us from air travel are presently being reexarn- ined by Federal agencies, and airlines are responding to our needs with liberalized policies. It is no longer u n c o m m o n to see people moving about our airports in their wheelchairs. Some travel agencies offer international tours to people who are d i s a b l e d . O f t e n more e x p e n s i v e than conventional tours, they do provide a h a n d i c a p p e d t r a v e l e r with physical assistance and accessible transportation and accommodations. There are dude ranches and other resorts in the West and Mexico with special programs for physically handicapped people. Some even can a r r a n g e for an a t t e n d a n t to meet vacationers in their hometowns and travel with them to the ranch o r h o t e l . Today's a f f l u e n t handicapped person has more possibilities for vacations than ever. But we come f r o m all e c o n o m i c levels, and need vacation opportunities in all price ranges. As we break out of old stereotypes, and assume responsibilities of productive, well-rounded citizens, we dream of the dav when we can plan vacations according to our needs and desires. As more of us enter the world of work, we can hope p u b l i c o p i n i o n w i l l cause changes w h i c h w i l l m a k e even more recreational and transportation facilities available. Special tours and vacations are fine, but our long-range objective is to be able to enjoy ourselves wherever, and w i t h whomever wo want C e r t a i n l y , we w i l l never be able t i . hike, climb m o u n t a i n s , or w a t e r s k i : probably there w i l l never lie a ramp to the top of Pike's Peak. But proper hotel accommodations and accessible recreation facilities are a reasonable goal. As one who is g r a t e f u l for my job. I accept the hard work it en- t a i l s . But during hard times. I. just as anyone else, am motivated by d r e a m s of v a c a t i o n s and t r a v e l . Whether it's on the rue de la Paix. beside the Leaning Tower of I'isa. nr relaxing on a beach. I look lor- ward lu meeting you -- fellow va cat inner' Bicentennial Gift As a Bicentennial gift to the United States, the B r i t i s h N a t i o n a l Trust has given the American Revolution Bicentennial Administra- t i o n a 21-year lease on W a s h i n g t o n Old Hall, the 12th century manor that was the home of George Washington's ancestors. As a result of the symbolic gift. American visitors are being admitted free t h i s year to the house, which is eight miles north of Dur- h a m i n n o r t h e a s t e r n E n g l a n d . Hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and friini '2 t o li p . m . even la\ bill K r i d a v Summer at the Cool streams. Gentle breezes. Friendly people. Great sports. t the Homestead we pay tribute to all the seasons. And we promise you an especially beautiful summer vacation highlighted by a genuine spirit of enthusiasm and interest in your comfort and happiness. Look forward to leisurely dining in our elegant restaurants, nightly entertainment and dancing, incomparable golf on our three championship courses where Sam Snead is now a member of our pro staff, matchless tennis on 15 courts, an invigorating Health Spa and a host of sports activities. For reservations see your travel agent or call toll-free 800-336-5709. HOMESTEAD HOT SPRINGS. V I R G I N I A 24J45 America's Tavorik Mountain Resort Three 18-hnlc championship golf courses, swimming pools :md mineral spa, horseback and walking trails, surrey and huckhoard driving. 15 tennis courts, children's playground, trout fishing, skcct and trap. The Homestead is cusy to reach via U.S. Route 220 or Piedmont Airlines to the Hot Springs Airport. Chimney Rock Park with a View One of the most breathtaking vistas in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the re-mile view from the soaring pinnacle of Chimney Hock. 25 miles s o u t h e a s t ol Aslu'ville. N . C . on U.S. 74,nntlti4. Chimney Rock Park is now open every day from 8 a. m. till sunset and o f f e r s a treasure of natural beauty and scenic wonder along miles of wilderness trails, incredi- ble stairs scaling sheer granite c l i f f s a n d d r a m a t i c n a t u r a l outlooks like Pulpit Rock, Inspiration Point and the a m a z i n g Chimney Rock itself. Wildflowers, mosses, ferns and seldom-seen birds delight at every turn along the footpaths and Jeep trails on the way to the cascading glory nf Hickory N u i Kails, a,4(14 foot roar, splash and spra\ of 'icv. s p r i n g w a t e r p l u m m e t i n g I r o m m o u n t a i n eresl In the valley below over twice i h c height of N i a g a r a Kails. Ket reshments and gifts are available at the Sky Lounge reached by elevator through a 258-foot shaft blasted through solid granite. For a colorful brochure on all the attract i o n s o f C h i m n e y R o c k P a r k , write: Chimney Rock Park. Chimney Rock. North Carolina 28720. 26m CHARLESTON. W.VA.