Wednesday in the park with Mom.
June 24, 2012 1:01 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to take my 85-year-old mom to Delaware Water Gap for a picnic on July 4th. Mom has mobility issues (is unsteady on her feet) so our picnic spot and the route to it needs to be as short and flat as possible and preferably paved. But I'd like to get as scenic a picnic spot as I can. Any recommendations?

Would like to avoid crowds if possible. PA preferred (Rte 33/80, I think 209 may be a mess that day) but NJ locations may be doable too.
posted by Currer Belfry to Travel & Transportation around Delaware Water Gap, PA (3 answers total)
A couple things come to mind (I have no idea what your area is like - these are based on my ex's grandmother):

- rent a wheelchair - then at the very least you can bring her back to the vehicle with it. (she may initially refuse it on the trip from the vehicle to the spot, but it is good to have nonetheless)

- does she have a "special needs/handicap" sign or placard for a vehicle - perhaps you could ask her doctor for a temporary one. then at least you would get a closer parking spot.

Be patient, allow extra time. And expect the actual time at the picnic spot to be short - don't plan on being out in the sun for 4-hours... (Bring an umbrella for shade)
posted by jkaczor at 1:45 PM on June 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

I suggest you call the park.
posted by Flood at 2:58 PM on June 24, 2012

I found the park's Web site before I posted this question. I would like to hear from people who've had some actual experience navigating the park with mobility issues as a concern.
posted by Currer Belfry at 3:11 PM on June 24, 2012

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