If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 or over, time is running out to get a National Parks Senior Pass for just $10. On August 28 the price of the pass, officially named the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase to $80.
A page on the National Park Service website about the price increase says this is the first time it has changed since 1994. The Park Service says the additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks. The lifetime pass is a great bargain, giving the holder and three passengers in a non-commercial vehicle free admission to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: the National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
Our passes have saved us a lot of money on admission fees at National Parks and National Historic Sites, and in reduced camping fees at Corps of Engineers campgrounds. Get yours now, before the fee increase. Senior Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including National Parks that charge an entrance or day-use fee. Proof of age and residency is required. Passes can also be purchased online or through the mail. An additional $10 processing fee will be added to the price. This link provides more information on how to obtain a pass online.
Are you looking for some great summer reading? My friend Carol Ann Newsome, author of the popular Dog Park mystery series, has a new blog post listing some excellent reads by several of my independent author friends from an online authors group I belong to. Whether your reading taste is for mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, or fantasy, there’s sure to be something for you in this collection. Many are free or priced at just $.99. Check out Carol Ann’s Summer Indie Reads blog post and treat yourself to a slew of excellent books.
Thought For The Day – A writer is a writer not because they write well and easily, because they have amazing talent, or because everything they do is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing they do shows any sign of promise, they keep on writing anyway.