Amazon Indians battle in Ecuador over logging

Me traveling with the Huaorani

Me travelling with the Huaorani

Penti Baihua, a community leader of the Huaorani Indians, knew there was more to the massacre of 26 members of a rival Amazon tribe than mere revenge.

In May 2003, nine Huaorani warriors from the village of Tiguino killed 26 Tagaeri men, women and children. They justified the massacre of nearly one- fifth of a tiny tribe that shuns outsiders as payback for a 1993 murder. But Colombian loggers may have instigated the raid so they could seek lucrative stands of Spanish cedar and a mahogany called aguano abundantly found on Tagaeri land, according to recent interviews with government officials, police investigators and several Huaorani leaders.

"They (the loggers) were scared of the Tagaeri and went to Tiguino," said Penti Baihua, a Huaorani leader who spoke with several of the nine raiders after the attack. "They told them: 'We'll give you gasoline and bullets if you kill the Tagaeri. We want to work in that area.' "

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December 8, 2004 in ecuador, follow the money..., Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wunago -- Your guide to Wheelchair Accessible Travel --

Contrary to rumor, Wunago is not an ancient tribe of wheelchair warriors. The name "Wunago" comes from a desire many people with disabilities have. They "want to go" places and see new things and experience everything life has to offer. Based on his personal travel experiences,l LorenlWorthingtonlrecognized that travel is far less stressful if you have a clear understanding of what type of accessibility lies ahead. More over, when you hear about a great place to visit that offers a wheelchair-friendly environment, you have a tendency to go explore.

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September 20, 2004 in accessability, africa, alaska, ecuador, symptom management, Travel, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Americas Graded on Disabled Facilities

Only five of 24 countries in the Americas provide adequate protection and treatment to their disabled citizens, according to a new report by a coalition of disability groups.

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Read the report here.

August 26, 2004 in accessability, politics, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wild Dog Urine May Be Used as "Fences" in Africa

Hey, this really is a picture of a wild dog in Botswana, I'm just a crappy photographerThe African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), is in serious trouble, largely because its instinct to roam widely keeps bringing it into lethal contact with humans. Now researchers are hoping to keep the dog from wandering where they are not wanted by using wild dog urine samples. The urine scent marks would be used in the same way the dogs use urine to demarcate their territory.

Demarcate here.

And yes, that blur on the picture is a wild dog in Botswana, taken in 2001 on our "No Brains, No Money" Wild Dog Tour. What does wild dog urine have to do with anything? Beats me, I just think wild dogs are cool.

March 23, 2004 in africa, animals, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Twelve Tips For Finding An Accessible Hotel Room

Look for properties constructed after 1992. The Americans With Disabilities Act took effect in 1992 and properties constructed after this date usually have better access.

Read the list here.

February 24, 2004 in accessability, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Everest 2004 Expedition: Moonshadow Step by Step for MS takes on Mount Everest

It takes a certain kind of profound and hardnosed optimism to take a setback and turn it into a triumph. It's the sort of optimism you'll find when you encounter Iain Gibb, Sandy Gascoigne and their organization Moonshadow.

Climb here.

February 21, 2004 in Travel | Permalink | Comments (1)

Disney's Segway Ban Upsets Some Disabled

The last time Doug Exum went to Walt Disney World, he rented an electric scooter to navigate the resort's four theme parks. But he tired of sitting and the scooter cost him $200.

The next time the 42-year-old computer programmer from Plano, Texas, returns, he wants to bring his Segway, which allows him to stand up as he scoots about on its platform and battery-operated two wheels.

There's only one problem: Disney World doesn't allow visitors, even those with disabilities like Exum, to use the self-balancing transportation machines. The policy has angered some Segway owners with disabilities and surprised others since the Disney parks have a reputation for accommodating the disabled...

Disney World isn't the only place to restrict the use of Segways. They're also prohibited at Disney's California parks — Disneyland and California Adventure. Sea World Orlando says it doesn't allow them for safety reasons and San Francisco last year outlawed them on its sidewalks.

Orlando's other major theme park resort, Universal Orlando, doesn't have a policy. Jerry Miller, a 55-year-old retired state trooper from Indiana who has Parkinson's disease, recently went to Universal on his Segway without any problems.

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On our trip to California last year we found Universal much more disability friendly than Disneyland.

February 8, 2004 in accessability, technology, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

We're back!

My 47th birthday dinnerThe trip to Puerto Rico was wonderful. Great beaches (some with wheelchair access), bioluminescent bays , jungles, history and great people.

We're working on a family trip website, I'll post it when we're done.

January 31, 2004 in about me, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bear Advocate an Enigma in Death

Come to Alaska, feed the bears.

Timothy Treadwell's death came just the way he had predicted. Treadwell and his girlfriend were mauled by a 1,000-pound grizzly bear last October in a remote section of Alaskan wilderness that Treadwell knew well after years of living among its bear population.

"He was a con artist, but boy, he pulled it off," Queeney said. "The man was truly a riddle wrapped in a sleeping bag. I don't know if any of us will ever know who he really was."

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He was even a consultant on Disney's animated movie Brother Bear.

Bear researcher/preservationist/author Timothy Treadwell (Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska) also came to the Studio to offer his firsthand accounts and insights about these magnificent animals.

More here.

January 3, 2004 in alaska, animals, environment, people, the north, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Skydiving, whitewater rafting with MS? You bet

Daily challenges for Jane Schmieding are not unlike the majestic mountain ranges that took her breath away on a recent trip to Alaska -- they're big and seemingly insurmountable at times.

But, like the piece of glacier that melted in her hand on that vacation, the daunting tasks that arise in her life are tackled one by one, and then they disappear.

"I usually find a way to do anything that I really want to do," she says.

More here.

December 21, 2003 in people, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)