We meet a lot of fascinating souls in our backpackers inn in Toronto.
In the 21st Century people are more mobile in a world shrinking from technology. We have instant email contact between virtually an two places in the world. And the cellphone allows you to be reached wherever you may be on this planet.
Today, ubiquitious young backpackers can be found from Katmandu to Kyoto, from Kamloops to Kalamazoo. But two of the most adventurous travelers we have ever encountered have been travelers with disabilities.
Tony the Tiger is a British traveler/author who has set foot on every continent in this world and has written a book on his travels. He is blind and 80% deaf; but, it has not proved to an impendiment in the least. (Search: “Tony the Tiger” on this blog).
Kris is another visually impaired traveler. He hails from the U.S. where he was active in the development of a sailing program for the blind. He is in Canada at the invitation of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) to advise on the start up of a similar program in Canada.
Kris is an example of a disabled athlete who not only pursues a highly technical sport but excels at it. He would qualify as an expert sailor whether sighted or blind!
He spent several days in our hostel exploring Toronto before heading for the CNIB Camp on Lake Joseph in the Muskoka Region of Ontario where he will aid in the implementation of the CNIB’s sailing program in Canada.
Kris, blind sailing instructor from Florida, contracted to advise the CNIB Sailing Program.
The legendary, traveler extrordinaire “Tony the Tiger”.