Jeannie and I are now in New Meadows, Idaho having completed 2,700 miles of our journey thus far. I left Boulder City, Nevada July 2, 2017 and together we left Santa Fe, New Mexico July 17, 2017. Quite an experience thus far. We had wanted to continue to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and on to the Oregon coast. Then continue south to California. Extreme forest fires at the Columbia Gorge and Oregon has resulted in unsafe air quality levels due to smoke in much of the northwest and Oregon coast. We may not continue to Oregon and reroute southeast to Zion and Bryce Canyon National parks in Utah. We will keep you posted.
Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the rise!
National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change.
Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.
The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.
But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.
National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.
“We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us about this,’” said Kathy Kupper, a Park Service spokeswoman. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It [the higher fee] is still a great deal.”
Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10.
The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.
Here is a State Location List where you can buy your National Parks Pass:
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I am about to start an experiment. Setting plans to travel. Going to full-time RV in my new 24 foot travel trailer that I will tow behind my 4wd Ford Expedition. Where? I’ll get back to you on that! Time to retire early in 2017. Going to set out and travel to places I have always wanted to see. Visit the most beautiful places this country has to offer. National Parks for sure. Want to learn to fly fish. Continue reading “My Travel Experiment”