This week, my husband and I went to our local US Forest Service office and he took advantage of his first “senior benefit” — an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. This $10 lifetime pass is a great benefit for those who have reached the mellow age of sixty-two. Some friends who are just ahead of us on this spectrum clued us in to this pass last year, and we didn’t wait long after Rick’s birthday to purchase his.
According to the informative brochure the Forest Service employee handed to Rick with his pass, “This convenient Pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mt. St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. It covers entrance fees at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, as well as standard amenity fees at National Forests and National Grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation.”
For more details about this and other types of recreational passes, check out http://www.recreation.gov. In the meantime, you’ll find this guy and me out looking for places to use his pass, and looking forward to many senior moments together. And . . . you don’t REALLY have to wear the hang tag to use your pass, but he’s lookin’ pretty proud of it, wouldn’t you say? Do you have your senior pass yet? Where have you used it?