Fresh Air (and fishing!) For All

I have to admit, I’ve never given much thought to the problem of mobility.  I guess I just figured we were in kind of a mobile society where people were free to come and go as they pleased.  However, yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a workshop through the Minnesota State Council on Disability.  Did you know that over 50 million Americans are living with disabilities?  And as the Baby Boomers age, those 70+ million people will demand even greater products and services to meet their physical needs.

What does all this have to do with Fresh Air Lodging and being socially responsible?  Well, I can’t imagine a more socially responsible thing than removing barriers to give everyone equal access to places.  Perhaps many of us have considered obstructions to common things such as sinks or water fountains.  But I never thought what it would be like to be soaped up in the shower only to discover that I cannot reach the showerhead!  Or rolling out of that shower to find all of the towels are out of my reach.  And continuing on with that thought process, imagine rolling a wheel chair to the end of a pier to fish and then realizing the dock isn’t wide enough for you to turn the chair around, now what?!

The good news in all of this is that changes are being made to enable all people better access to previously off-limits places.  Did you know that there are golf carts that are hand operated and at a level that is easily accessible from a wheel chair?  They even allow for the occupant to swing their club from the cart!  Now that is progress!  I can’t imagine not knowing the joy of riding in a boat or fishing from a canoe.  Hopefully soon that ability will be shared by all.  On that note, and in honor of Lent, here is one of my favorite camping meals, fish tacos.

  Mike’s Walleye Tacos  

6 walleye fillets cut into long “fingers”                  1 T salt                                                flour tortillas

2 C flour + extra for dredging                                    1 T pepper                                         lettuce

1 C saltine cracker crumbs                                         1 T cayenne pepper                       co-jack cheese

1 T onion powder                                                            canola oil for frying                      ranch dressing

1 T garlic powder                                                            beer (or Sprite)

In a gallon zip-top bag mix the flour, crumbs, and spices.  Seal the top and shake well to blend.  Lay out the breading station so you have a flour dredging dish, then the beer dish, and then the seasoned breading bag.  Heat a small amount of oil in a pan—only about ½ an inch deep.  When you stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil and bubbles form around it, it’s hot enough!  Dredge walleye fingers in flour, coating all sides, then dip in beer and put in the breading bag—you’ll want to do about a third of the fish at a time so you don’t crowd the pan.  When you have the fish in the bag and all the fingers are coated, place gently in the oil one at a time.  Fry for a couple minutes on each side until golden brown.  Repeat with the remaining fish.  Heat the tortillas and spread with a small amount of ranch dressing.  Add fish, lettuce, and cheese.  (You can substitute any mild/firm fish.)


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by wayne johnson on March 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    what would a hand operated golf cost ?. I an a double amputee with prosthetics but cannot operate a conventional cart.


    • I found a couple online just by googling handicap accesible golf cart. I believe the company that makes them is called Solo Rider ( I also found one listed on another site ( that had a cart on sale for just under $10,000. Good luck!


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