Yosemite in the time of COVID

This past June we had been observing stay at home orders since mid-March. Which meant for us, staying put as much as possible, only going out to run to the store or do quick errands. Summer is usually a time when we can get away for a bit as a family. Covid has of course thrown its wrench for all of us. A friend of mine posted about visiting Yosemite and how quiet it was. I found out that entry to Yosemite was limited and you had to purchase tickets in advance to gain entry. I also found out that …

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Thanksgiving in Rincon, Puerto Rico

We rolled into Rincon on Thanksgiving day sometime after noon. We were hungry for lunch and headed to the Balnearo de Rincon thinking we could perhaps find a place along the water to grab a bite. We passed through an archway to see a restaurant with a buffet right on the water. Turns out it was a Thanksgiving feast for their employees. We took a moment to enjoy the sun while the husband spoke with the locals. Turns out, all the restaurants in the area were closed due to the holiday, but they pointed us to some food trucks which …

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Movie Theater Access

Going to a movie theater can be a frustrating experience because they often play the volume very loud, but that doesn’t help those with hearing loss (contrary to what others might think). Many theaters offer Closed Caption devices now. Closed Captioning or ‘CC’ refers to the text version of the spoken words that accompany videos or movies. At the theater you can ask your ticketing agent where you can pick up a CC device.  If they don’t know, speak to a manager. Usually a manager will need to retrieve the device for you, although some theaters have them available where …

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A Delightful BnB in Normandy.

April 2019 we made a trip to England and France and scratched some things off our ‘bucket list.’ Chiefly for me, I had wanted to visit Mont St. Michelle since 1996, as I didn’t go at the time and had regretted it since.  In planning our trip I wanted to stay in the Normandy area for a few days to see the country side and local villages. I love seeing and wandering smaller towns as opposed to the bigger cities. I enjoy the slower pace, being able to stretch our legs and take our time going where it looks interesting. …

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What Are Your Favorite Craveable Destinations?

I have been many places in the world including Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, all over the US and Europe- most recently in Italy, France and England. How do you choose? Puerto Rico has amazing beaches, friendly people and so much to explore from the jungle to the beaches.  Italy has amazing food, friendly locals and so much history you could spend a life time absorbing it! In France we finally scratched Mont St. Michele off my bucket list and it was a highlight of my time in France. Close to home, I recently took my teens to Yosemite for …

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Italy Bathroom

We all have that moment when we immediately regret something. Right? We were waiting for the train and my niece was using the restroom. When she exited I decided I would just pop in real quick and go pee. The door shut and I went to sit down as I did the toilet started to slide away. Then the spray jets turned on to clean the floors! I screamed as I was startled. There are no windows and the door seals, there was no way out- I just had to wait it out. When I exited with my wet shoes, …

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Vegan in Paradise

Puerto Rican food is often fried, usually meat of some sort. It’s abundant and easily accessible in restaurants, roadside stands and the beach side. When you eat healthy and mostly vegetarian if not vegan, it can be a challenge finding food that satisfies you.  I love that the island has an abundance of fresh fruits such as mango, avocado, papaya, coconut, etc. Eating local is the best way to immerse yourself into the culture of where you are. In Puerto Rico, it can be a challenge to avoid fried foods so when I find a haven for fresh food I …

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I Can’t Hear in the Dark.

It always takes people by surprise when I say this. It doesn’t make sense does it? I was born hard of hearing and raised in the hearing world. I’ve worn hearing aids since I was 2 and a half so I don’t know any different. Even though my hearing loss is in the ‘severe-profound’ range; I hear pretty well with hearing aids and my speech is ‘normal’ so most people don’t realize that I have a hearing loss. I rely a lot on oral and facial speech cues. “Lip reading” isn’t just reading the lips, it’s reading the whole body, …

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