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Hey there, fellow travelers! 

In my last post, I spoke of the different types of travelers and promised to continue the series, bringing you a post delving deeper into each type of traveler. Today, let’s talk about the Adventure traveler!  

So what makes an adventure traveler?

Now, you might think adventure traveling is only for super fit and able-bodied people, but that’s not true at all. In fact, there are many different types of adventure travelers, including those who might face physical challenges but still have a passion for exploring the world. These awesome folks are often referred to as “handicapable travelers,” and they bring a whole new perspective to the world of adventure. 

First off, let’s clarify what I mean by “handicapable.” This term is used to describe individuals who may have disabilities or physical limitations but are still fully capable of enjoying and participating in adventurous activities. It’s all about focusing on what they can do rather than what they can’t.  

So, what kinds of adventure traveler falls into the “Handicapable” category?

Well, there’s a wide range of possibilities! Some handicapable travelers might use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, while others may have visual or hearing impairments. Regardless of their specific challenges, these adventurous souls are determined to see the world and experience all it has to offer. I am 61 years old and a below-the-knee amputee, I have my own limitations but, I like to push my limits. 

One type of handicapable traveler is the adrenaline junkie. These thrill-seekers are always on the lookout for exciting and daring adventures, whether it’s bungee jumping off a bridge, zip-lining through the jungle (Denise and I have zip-lined before a few times, but that is a story for another day!) or skydiving from a plane. Despite their physical limitations, adrenaline junkies find creative ways to get their hearts pumping and satisfy their thirst for adventure. 

Then there are the nature lovers. These travelers are drawn to the great outdoors and enjoy activities like hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting. They may use adaptive equipment or enlist the help of guides to navigate rugged terrain, but nothing can stop them from immersing themselves in the beauty of nature.  

Of course, there are also the culture enthusiasts among the handicapable traveler community. These intrepid explorers are eager to delve into the rich history and vibrant traditions of different cultures around the world. Whether it’s exploring ancient ruins, attending local festivals, or sampling exotic cuisines, culture enthusiasts are always up for an immersive travel experience.  

Last but not least, we have adventurers who are all about pushing boundaries and breaking stereotypes. These trailblazers refuse to let their disabilities define them and are constantly seeking out new challenges to conquer. From scaling mountains to surfing gnarly waves, they prove that anything is possible with determination and a sense of adventure. 

Denise and I maybe a 4th type of Adventure Traveler

We were headed north through Georgia when we spotted the sign for Tallulah Falls at Tallulah George! Of course, we hit the brakes and took the exit (at a safe speed of course!) 

You might remember hearing about one of the famous Wallendas crossing the Tallulah Gorge back in 1970.  Karl Wallenda, a 65-year-old Wallenda performed a high-wire walk, also known as a skywalk, across the Tallulah Gorge, a gorge formed by the Tallulah River in Georgia. An estimated 30,000 people watched Wallenda perform two headstands as he crossed the quarter-mile-wide gap. 

Be sure to click this link to get the story of this amazing feat and its purpose!  

You can see the stairs we climbed in one of our photos and to answer your question, “How Many Steps are there at Tallulah Falls State Park? The official answer is 1099 steps in total. Be sure to bring your cane or walking stick on this adventure. We only climbed down and back up the first 300 steps to get to the bridge!  Man, what a workout but the view was so worth it!    Our travels usually include extra time built in, just in case we find one of these Jems, and we certainly were happy we did on this trip! 

 There are specific rules, guidelines, and costs associated, including day passes/permits to hike specific trails and all that information can be found here, Click this link to see more detailed information on Tallulah Fall State Park and all it has to offer!  

So, the next time you think adventure travel is only for the able-bodied, think again! Handicapable travelers are breaking barriers and redefining what it means to explore the world. Whether they’re adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, culture enthusiasts, or boundary-pushers, these adventurous souls inspire us all to embrace the spirit of adventure and never let anything hold us back.  

Always remember to do your research (“Know before you go!”), pack the essentials, and let’s get out there and explore, together!  

Check out a few of our photos from Tallulah Falls Gorge below! Just click the photo below to scroll through this gallery!

Tallulah Point Overlook, Tallulah Falls Gorge, Georgia

Tallulah Point Overlook

ON JULY 31, 2020, Mary Beth Hughes officially closed the doors of Tallulah Point Overlook, a beloved tourist shop situated on the Scenic Loop just up U.S. Route 441 at the edge of Tallulah Gorge State Park.

The Tallulah Point Overlook had been open since 1912, offering the traveling public the only free roadside view of the awesome Tallulah Gorge, right from their covered, overlook porch.

The photos in the gallery below were taken in July of 2017 inside the historic site.

Happily, the shop relocated and you can find their new location and details by clicking this link!