There is a book signing Sunday in Boulder City for a new book about outdoor sites in Nevada and the Southwest that are accessible for those with limited mobility. Though it is targeted for the needs of this specific demographic, the book was a wealth of information about where to go and what to see and what is the history of places for anyone interested in our regional scenery. And the photos are gorgeous.
Here is the press release in its entirety:
Authors present newest outdoorbook at historic Boulder Dam HotelOutdoor authors Deborah Wall and Dennis Boulton have published a new book designed to help people with limited mobility enjoy the same sights that awed others with the natural beauty of the American Southwest. The new book will be unveiled, and available for purchase and signing by the authors, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St., Boulder City.
“Access For All: Touring The Southwest With Limited Mobility” is a guidebook to choice outdoor attractions, selected especially for their accessibility to those in wheelchairs, using walkers, or simply requiring relatively level and easy pathways to viewpoints. As in other books Wall has published, detailed directions are given to each site, but in this case the directions also deal with accessibility issues, such as the availability of accessible restrooms and campsites or, in buildings associated with the outdoor sites, elevators.The new book is published by New University Press, http://newuniversitypress.com/, a Las Vegas company specializing in non-fiction, and is available from Amazon.com. Complete with many excellent photos of the striking scenery recommended, it is priced at $24.95.Wall, a professional outdoor writer and photographer, is the author of a popular bi-weekly column on hiking in the View Neighborhood Newspapers distributed with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and also carried in the Boulder City Review. She wrote two previous, well-received books on hiking, “Base Camp Las Vegas” and “Great Hikes: A Cerca Country Guide,” besides publishing numerous articles on hiking and touring in the Southwest. She was the most prolific contributor to the outdoor magazine “Cerca” and to its successor, the Cerca travel pages carried monthly in the Review-Journal.Her co-author, Boulton, is a retired geologist and teacher. He has earned degrees from UNLV and UNR and has lived in Nevada since 1965. Like Wall, he is an expert hiker, and Boulton has been a guide for backpacking and whitewater adventures. The two jointly wrote columns on accessible recreation before deciding to compose a book on the subject.Little information was previously available about which outdoor destinations are well-equipped to accommodate those with limited mobility. Yet social and technological changes have made it increasingly likely those citizens will seek adventure outdoors. Better roads and cars, and advances in wheelchairs, walkers, artificial limbs and braces, and other equipment, have made it possible for them to reach outdoor destinations formerly seen only by the rugged and young. Greater life expectancy and opportunities for earlier retirement have given many aging Americans the time to travel, despite the artificial hip or the pacemaker. Furthermore, the wounded but willing veterans of America’s wars in the Mideast seek, and deserve, the opportunity for outdoor adventures in a peaceful landscape.Wall and Boulton are both experienced and poised public speakers who offer in-depth slide shows featuring the photographs from their travels. They speak on hiking and outdoor travel in Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah. To contact them about possible speaking engagements or booksigning appearances, e-mail them at email@example.com.The Boulder Dam Hotel is a historic structure dating from the 1930s, when it was the accommodation of choice for VIPs visiting the construction site that became the crowning achievement of the Depression-era public works project, and created the famous structure now called Hoover Dam. Restored, the hotel is accessible to those with limited mobility. Besides operating as a hotel, the building also contains a historical museum focusing on the building of the Hoover Dam.
This is a good idea, though it would be much easier for those with limited mobility to enjoy the outdoors if the BLM weren’t closing so many trails to OHV’s in the first place.