"Staycation": Northern California


What happens when you put two specialists in Inclusive Travel together for  day in San Francisco?

Well, if the two happen to be Bill Forrester of TravAbility and Scott Rains of RollingRains.com it might look something like this:

It has now become an official annual event that Bill and I get together when he is passing through. ("Annual" because it has happened for two years in a row.)

This year Bill accompanied over 30 of his clients on a spectacular TravAbility tour touching down in San Francisco at the start and finish but ranging from Vancouver and Victoria, BC through the Canadian Rockies to Banff and Lake Louise as well as up into Alasaka by cruise ship. Bill, an outstanding tour guide, arranged for one of his guests with a mobility impairment to take a helicopter ride in Alaska and had the dog sled and mush team waiting to carry her directly from the chopper to the ride of her life!

Of course, things did not go with such clockwork precision with Scott in charge of the day's itinerary on a road trip around his backyard.

Heading north from Bill's hotel at SFO we decided to skip the urban scene in San Francisco this year and drive Marin County north of Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, and eventually Point Reyes were stops of interest along the way. Scott's memory of "shortcuts" to Muir Woods was a little foggy so that gorgeous destination will have to wait until next year's itinerary.

But the best part of these get togethers is the uninterupted opportunity to talk.

And when two Inclusive Travel promoters get together they talk new itineraries, old friends, and future trends.

Bill had just returned from meeting Judie Moffet of Power Inc. (People On Wheels Encouraging Responsibility) in Longview, Texas. Toting a paper copy of this great article on Judie called, "A True Roll Model" I learned of a dynamic group of people that I want to show around Northern California and beyond. Bill had also had a near encounter with Sherri Backstrom of Waypoint Yacht Charter Services of Bellingham, WA while he was in BC. I wonder what dynamic trip would result from Judie's Power crew teaming up with Sherri's accessible yacht fleet?

Typical of two guys caught up in conversation and a road trip I captured no photos and brought Bill to the airport too late for us to have dinner together!

Hungry and tired it was still an enjoyable day. I look forward to next year, Bill.

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