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Old 02-19-2017, 08:34 PM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Originally Posted by markg91359 View Post
I'm 57 and while in some ways I'm glad the senior pass exists (I intend to eventually buy one) I don't understand why seniors ought to believe they have the right to use the national parks at a rate lower than everyone else has to pay. The reduced fee pass is a gift not an entitlement.

The next time you visit a national park take a good look around at the infrastructure. Do the roads seem like they need repair? Are the roads too narrow for all the RV's and buses that are using them? Is the visitor center too small for the crowds that are using the park? Are there not enough spaces in the campground?

National parks are faced with a funding dilemma. Much of their infrastructure was designed fifty or sixty years ago and little has been done to update it. Congress doesn't budget enough to cover the needs of the parks. The parks should be deriving healthy fees from concessionaires (the people who operate restaurants and the park lodge), but they don't because laws limit how much of a percentage of revenue the government can collect.

Out of all the money I pay the government, the part I probably resent the least are park entrance fees. I know my money is going to help keep a beautiful place in good shape.

One problem I have with people in the older age group is how insular many become. There is a whole world out there with all kinds of needs. Many seniors can easily afford to pay standard park entrance fees or the fee for an annual pass. The national parks will be a bargain for me whether I can get a pass with reduced rate or not when I turn 62.
I agree the pass is a gift as are the parks themselves and that the parks could use more money, but totally disagree with your statement that many people in the older group become insular.

The next time you visit one of the national parks, take a moment from looking at the majestic beauty or tsk'ing over the infrastructure and turn around to observe the volunteers and docents. Many, if not all, are retirees, doing something they love on a volunteer basis. The parks would be lesser places without them and the gift of their time.

The definition of insular fits more than just older people.

ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.
"a stubbornly insular farming people"
synonyms: narrow-minded, small-minded, inward-looking, parochial, provincial, small-town, shortsighted, hidebound, blinkered;

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Old 02-20-2017, 09:11 AM
Location: Somewhere in America
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Originally Posted by Aredhel View Post
Yes, there is. It's an annual pass, and it costs $80. (Which is one reason I can't get too upset about the upcoming price increase on the lifetime senior pass: steep though the price increase may seem to be, they're just raising the price to equal the current price of the annual pass.)
Good to know! Thanks.
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