[The Story] Some Vacationing Spots

With summer waning, let’s cover some year-round vacationing spots that John (left) and Trishna may visit after they meet, and go to college, in this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story.” A combination of general logistics and their sedentary hobbies playing videogames, reading, and writing initially encouraged more time indoors or at home. As they meet more people in college, and discover more diverse hobbies, they’ll find appealing areas for picnics, swimming, exploring, and more.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some plot structure and world building)

Their General Logistics
Between the couple’s mobility restrictions, Trishna with her wheelchair and John with limited use of his right arm, they both have excuses to stay home. Thanks to the Accessibility Rights Club they join early into their first year of college, they become friends with many people with and without impairments. They become more sociable and are invited to functions. Some closer friends provide tools to help them casually get around, which helps them out significantly.

Parks and Gardens
Trishna enjoys reading about plants. She maintained a greenhouse and gardens on her family farm growing up, so when the couple move into the city for college, they frequently stroll around nature spots in the evenings. There are gardens on campus where they live during year one, and the subsequent apartments they live in are all near nature spots. They find a nice part of town in year three and four that’s surrounded by parks.

Picnics in Parks
Author’s Notes: Their “nice part of town” apartment is based on a real life location, photographed above, where I soak in the scenery when I go floating. Their version is mostly the same. There’s a quaint park near their apartment, an idyllic lake with more available picnicking options, and assorted meeting spots. What I’ll add is making the area easier to navigate by car and bus… basically I’m creating an idealized neighborhood in the city.

Swimming: Gym, Lake
Both John and Trishna are hesitant toward swimming. They try swimming at their college’s gym with encouragement from friends and could feasibly enjoy swimming in spite of their impairments. John is more physical and competitive, so he might give it more effort than Trishna, who might just enjoy swimming at a leisurely pace. I’ll place this idea on hold until I actually try swimming, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

Exploring the Area
After Trishna and John find their nicer apartment, and both gain a wider sense of self through developing their self-confidence, they begin to explore their area more. They may take casual bus rides into the city to explore without a particular goal in mind other than to experience the world. Maybe they’ll try hiking, which is certainly possible with modifications, and I think they’ll eventually give anything constructive a try. It’ll be fun to see.

Living Lives Vicariously
Some idle moments throughout my day may sometimes be vacationed with daydreaming ideas of how John or Trishna might handle similar situations.

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