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"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
John Muir -The Yosemite (1912)

The Muir Heritage Land Trust and John Muir's great grandson Michael Muir come together to provide overland wilderness access to people with disabilities. In this acclaimed program, participants have the unique opportunity to enjoy stunning views of scenic natural areas while traveling on wheelchair accessible, horse drawn carriages.

Michael Muir, 53, an active breeder of race and show horses with national champions around the world, has lived with multiple sclerosis and its debilitating effects since he was fifteen years old. Muir insists on defying MS. Moreover, he’s had adventures that would daunt the most able-bodied of men. When Michael was diagnosed with MS, he vowed to focus on what he still could achieve, despite this often disabling disease. When he could no longer ride horses, this life-long horseman taught himself how to drive teams of horses, and soon became a competitor in the sport, capturing world medals and international championships in Germany, 1998; Austria, 2000; France, 2002 and Scotland, 2004. In 2001, as an advocate for the disabled, Muir led an international team of horsemen with disabilities driving wheelchair accessible horse-drawn carriages 3000 miles from San Diego, California following the Southern Overland Trail across the U.S.A. to Washington D.C.. In 2003, Muir drove horses from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico along the same route his great-grandfather traveled in 1867 on his first great wilderness adventure, “A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf ”.The aim of each journey is to bring a message of hope and inspiration to everyone who is challenged by disability and to promote horse sports as a way to challenge the limits of people living with disability. “You put the reins in their hands, and it makes the world a bigger place” says Muir.

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