Exploring the World on Wheels

Exploring the world in a wheelchair

Hot air ballooning in Phoenix, skiing in Park City, and studying in Salamanca, Spain.

Traveling is in my blood.

As a first generation American growing up in rural Ohio, I knew some words and phrases in Spanish before I knew them in English. I also had the privilege of traveling. A lot. We’d visit my mom’s family in Nicaragua, and my dad’s family in Jamaica. We’d fly to Mexico or the Bahamas, or visit family in Canada, New York and Florida. By the time I was ten I’d been to nearly half of the United States. To me, this was normal.

Even after everything changed.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

With my daughter at the Eiffel Tower, 2017

I was paralyzed in an airplane crash when I was ten years old. After spending my entire childhood climbing trees, ice skating, skiing, learning gymnastics, and riding my bike, I found myself confined to a wheelchair with a T-12/L-1 incomplete spinal injury. It definitely changed my perspective on many things. But I didn’t want it to stop from seeing the world.

So far, it hasn’t. I went white water rafting on the American River in Sacramento, California three summers in a row during high school. During my senior year I learned how to install roofing while on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I spent the summer I turned 20, negotiating cobblestone streets in Spain and Portugal. I learned to monoski in Big Bear, California when I was 24. And now that I’m well into my 40s, I still seek out new adventures in beautiful places, pushing the limits of what my body, and what my wheelchair, will allow me to do.

But sometimes venturing out into the world can be a challenge. When I make a reservation, I don’t always know ahead of time if they’ll have accessible accommodations. Or if they’ll even let me participate in the activity I’ve signed up for. (Don’t get me started on the scuba diving package in Honolulu!) So really, this blog is kind of a note to myself, and a guide for others who might be interested in trying some of the same things.

Ready for an adventure? You can always count me in!


  • Belinda Perez McDanel 30 July 2017 at 2:03 pm

    You capture my attention right away. You are a fascinating person and live an adventurous life. Nicely done.

    • Sherrie 31 July 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Belinda! And thank you for visiting. I hope you’ll continue to find posts here to enjoy.


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