On a sunny afternoon in June, I got an opportunity to take a boat cruise through the South Lake Union and Lake Washington with my colleagues from Amazon. It was summer time in Seattle and everyone was excited for some outdoor fun.
Lake Washington is named after George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is a huge freshwater lake and, from what I saw, is extremely popular with the locals and visitors like me.
Accessibility at Argosy Cruise
The closest I have ever been to a water body after I started using a wheelchair is the boat ride in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Although there was a ramp leading to the boat, my wheelchair had to be lifted by four people so that I could take a ride. So, I had my doubts about accessibility on this cruise as well.
My colleagues who planned the Lake Washington cruise were sensitive about my requirements and chose Argosy Cruises since they have accessible boats. There was a ramp from the marina to the boats’ entrance. I was able to easily get inside the boat on my wheelchair. I spend most of my time on the ground floor and the adjacent outdoor deck. The ground floor had a seating area, bar and our dinner buffet was also served here. There was no lift/ hoist to reach the first floor of the boat, but that did not impact the fun I had.
Panoramic views along Lake Washington
We were on the cruise for approximately 2-3 hours. A tour guide with Argosy Cruises gives a description of the sites and views as you cruise. It would include the history of the neighbourhood, panoramic views of the Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier, as well as point out homes of some of Seattle’s rich and famous.
When travelling in a country like the United States, accessibility is the least of my concerns. It is a big relief when I don’t have to worry whether I will be able to enjoy a new place or a destination in my wheelchair, or not. This Lake Washington cruise is forever etched in my memory for the great time I had with colleagues. I wish more places in India were made accessible like this.
Did you have a similar ‘wow’ experience about accessibility when travelling abroad? Please share with me in the comments section below.