America the Beautiful
November 08, 2012
You know, sometimes it is good to be old!
This summer my husband and I took a driving vacation. We wanted to see some of the National Parks of America. We discovered, from a very nice park ranger, that since my husband was 62 years old, we could get a park pass to all National parks in America for only $10.00. It is called America the Beautiful: the National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Pass. This is a lifetime pass for all U. S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older to get into all National Parks for NO ADDITIONAL FEE. We had no idea that this pass even existed.
We drove through 2 parks in Utah: Arches and Zion. My favorite was Arches. We took a "back" road to get to the park, and the colors were just beautiful along the way. The rock formations in the park were fantastic, and I even got a picture of rock climber's way up on top. We didn’t have as much time to see Zion, but if you like hairpin turns and a mile long tunnel, this park is for you. This was also the first time we saw the Grand Canyon in Arizona. My first view was just awesome! It simply took my breath away. Some people say, "Oh, it’s just a big hole in the ground." But, it is so much more. To stand on the rim and think that it took millions of years to form is so mindboggling. I called my daughter and apologized for never taking our kids to see this when they were young. Now we will have to go on a family vacation because I want them to see this wonderful park.
And now that we have this great pass, we will be taking more vacations to explore the good old U.S.A.
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