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- January 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm #42823
For those that haven’t heard, the cost of the lifetime US National Park Senior Pass is going from $10.00 to $80.00 sometime in 2017. The change made it through congress & was signed by the president…
I guess an extra $70.00 wouldn’t seem like much money to you if you’d spent over $100 million on vacations in the past 8 years.
Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher, Lucy and Rocky plus our beloved Storm and Maggie (both waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050 2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4January 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm #42825
I don’t think $80. is out of line at all, considering the benefits you get with the life time pass. You get a free pass through the gate plus 1/2 off your campsite fees. We always thought the $10. fee was way too cheap, with the lack of funding the Parks were getting from Congress. It’s to our benefit the Parks have enough funding to be kept in the condition we expect as customers.
There has not been a fee increase since 1994, maybe it should have been stepped up every few years since then, instead of one giant increase this year. Get your pass, hook up the Ollie, and get out and enjoy our National Parks. Heading for Big Bend National Park in 2 weeks.
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2014 Legacy Elite II Standard Hull 63January 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm #42826
Pfft. We kiddies have to pay that each year. And still have to pay full price for campsites.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorJanuary 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm #42827
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Our first stop after picking up in Hohenwald was Land Between the Lakes. Got our $10 geezer pass there. Best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. Even at $80/lifetime it’s a good deal! Mike
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The Lone Star Oliver #135 | 2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L HemiJanuary 5, 2017 at 9:28 am #42830
I agree with you, Stan. I was almost embarrassed when I purchased my pass for $10. At $80, it’s still very inexpensive if you visit National Parks, National Monuments, etc. Saves you so much money!
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States I've visited with my OllieJanuary 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm #42842
Our first year with the geezer pass, we learned that campgrounds and RV areas were different, in certain parks. I think it was in the Grand Tetons that we paid full price, but still cheap, for the amenities in the rv section. And virtually empty in may…
Bonus on the pass is that some state parks and others give a discount too. At a larger price, it’s still a huge bargain.
Thanks, Steve, for the update. People do like to know about changes.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12January 6, 2017 at 8:32 am #42845
I’ve waited a couple of days to make a comment about this because I have mixed emotions on the subject. I caught your meaning on the “vacations” and certainly for those people that live at the margin – can barely afford to camp at all. I suspect that for most of us that can afford the initiation price into the Oliver world, the extra $70 for the pass is not a big deal. Indeed, I agree with the comments above relating to how the parks need more money. Certainly there are multiple ways, for those that can afford it, to contribute to our National Parks. Heck, nothing says that just because you have a Geezer card you have to use it. On the other hand, one can argue that since one qualifies for the Geezer card, they have (most likely) spent a lifetime paying into the system that was (is), among other things, supposed to keep these lands for the public interest and use. Like so many other things I suspect this is one of those that has something to do with a discussion about how and where our taxes are distributed (perhaps $100 million on vacations IS a good example).
I’m seriously not trying to start a political discussion here, but, I do feel that letters to our elected officials never hurt and – perhaps – might even help (I can dream can’t I?). In the meantime, if your spouse doesn’t have a card, get the extra card before the price goes up. And, if you are so inclined, give the extra money that you save to the park (or other place or thing) of YOUR choice.
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Private campgrounds have to charge more for each nights stay…and still can not afford million dollar bathhouse/laundrys and free showers and dump stations. But some of National Treasures need a lot of routine upkeep and maintenance. I think I would volunteer for a couple of weeks for a campsite. Maybe a rolling Corp of us going from treasure to treasure.
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