We camped at Snaring River, where the only sites available were a couple of walk-in sites. We grabbed one and used my wheelchair to help carry the large and heavy car camping gear. After several trips down a medium-packed gravel path, we ended up enjoying what was probably our best – most private and best view, not far from a flowing river – campsite of the trip.
"The first weekend I had it I went down to the park, and it was great because I could push around. Some of the trails are gravel and some of them are dirt, but it let me get out and enjoy the fresh air again . . . "Just leaving the pavement; simple things like just going in my backyard . . . This is the best chair I’ve found that can do that."
We were drawn to the famous "larch march," this year. We drove to Rainy Pass in the Northern Cascades, where a hike to Rainy Lake took us through temperate rainforest, fall colors, chilly temperatures, and patches of snow from a recent snowstorm to a mountain lake surrounded by more fall colors, high mountains, and -- far away -- views of golden larches.
I hadn’t been there in years. My last memories there were with my sidekick of a dog running through the woods down to the stream and crawling through the piney hills. This time I was prepared with my Green Machine, and my faithful sidekicks. There were smooth pine covered trails with some nice big roots here and there (I’ve grown to love the rooty, rocky stuff in this chair! Feels good climbing through tight spots on my wheels. Mini victories every time!). The woods were fairly open which allowed me to truly get off trail. I smashed through some dry underbrush and poked around like the “good ol’ days”.
I have to say that folks heads turn daily while I'm riding around in my "Green Machine." It is exciting to tell them about how I got it, and the great opportunities this company is creating for so many people! Thank you GRIT for this opportunity! The following months will be epic, and I am so excited to share them with all!
GRIT is proud to bring you original content written by our Trailblazers. These ten amazing riders were chosen to represent the GRIT Freedom Chair due to their determination, spirit, and sense of adventure: they show that grit comes in all shapes and sizes.