Episode 5: National Parks and New Zealand with Ashley Lyn Olson (Pt. 1)

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In this episode of The Accessible Travel Talk Show, John Morris talks with Ashley Lyn Olson, founder of WheelchairTraveling.com. Created in 2006, her website helps people with limited mobility, their friends and loved ones find resources to make leisure and adventure travel possible.

National parks are a great benefit to us all

Ashley developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. Her father was a park ranger who encouraged her to learn about and appreciate nature. In this episode, she quoted mountaineer John Muir, popularly referred to as the “Father of the National Parks.” Muir once said:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

Ashley discussed the Access Pass, which provides free admission to many U.S. National Park sites for disabled people and their companions. Some states, including her home state of California, also provide discounts to people with disabilities wishing to visit public parks.

Recently, Ashley put together a dream trip to New Zealand, a place she believes to be among the world’s most beautiful. This episode touches briefly on her New Zealand adventure, with the full story coming in Episode 6.

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Podcast transcript and other resources

Complete transcripts are available on Google Docs and via a downloadable PDF document. The documents will be linked here within 24 hours of episode release.

Links to resources mentioned in this podcast can be found in the show notes at the bottom of this article.

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The Accessible Travel Talk Show is a project of Wheelchair Travel.

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