My Mom, Gregg, friend Karen and I just returned from ourvacation on the North Shore of Minnesota. We had a wonderful time there. I had never been to Duluth so I was amazed. We stayed in a house that was beautiful. I slept great there and was so calm. I didn’t have nearly so much breatholding and hyperventilating as I do here. It seems that being by a lake helps my body to be calm. I loved it. I want to feel that way everyday!
We went to a place called Gooseberry Falls. It was amazing. I could not see the waterfalls, but I could hear them, and I have seen the photos that we took. They are so beautiful. There were trails that I could get pushed on with my wheelchair, so that is what we did. I could hear the waterfalls. It was so perfect. I think that was my favorite place.
I also went on a boat tour of the harbor. It was so interesting listening to the boat captain explain about everything that we could see. It was so sunny and relaxing. I learned a lot about ships and the Lake Superior that we were on. It is a fresh water lake, but it is the deepest of all the great lakes. It was cold in the water, but I was able to walk on the sand with Gregg’s help. It felt so good. I wanted to sit down and play with the sand, like I have always done my entire life. If I can touch the sand I sift it in my fingers. It is fun to feel it, but I can’t stop my hands sometimes from putting it in my mouth. That is frustrating because it calms me to play with sand, but it is gross in my mouth.
It was a trip that was much shorter because it was not so far to drive. I loved it there. I hope we can go again next year. It is not impossible to go on a trip when you have a lot of needs, but it takes a lot of work for my parents and friend Karen who came with. They worked hard to help me experience something new. I am so glad for their love and support that gives my life adventure and experiences that I could never have on my own. It is always harder to be away from home, because things are set up so well at home, but when we are away I experience so many amazing things. I love to be able to travel.