My RV friend and author wrote an informative article about ways to stay fit on the road or in an RV park for RVWest.com. If you need ideas, be sure to check it out. Then vote at our poll: “How do you stay fit on the road?”
Some RVers love Alaska, others have no desire at all. I've met some who have gone and are either sorry they've gone or would never go back. How about you? is it on your bucket list or have you already gone? Or are you one who is not planning to venture that far north? And, if so is the reason financial or that Alaska doesn't appeal to you?
You can vote twice so you can vote plus leave a comment. Let's hear from you!
BTW, we have been. You can click on the Alaska trip 09 to see more about our trip. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, thinks that seniors should pay more to use our national parks. Currently seniors age 62 and older can buy a lifetime access pass for
$10 -- allowing them to bypass entrance fees at national parks. Adults under 62 who purchase an America the Beautiful pass pay $80 and must purchase a new pass each year. This pass only provides free admission; seniors still pay for camping or RV sites if they stay in a park.
According to the article at CNN Money, "In 2012, the National Park Service sold 500,000 senior passes raising $5
million, the agency said. Doubling the seniors' pass to $20 could
generate $10 million." NPS faces a $153 million budget gap so an extra $5 million would be a small drop in the bucket.
While most seniors could afford $20 for the pass or even $10 a year, one point I have to raise: Would NPS be able to keep that money? And for how long? In the past, parks and our other public lands have been allowed to generate revenue and that money either gets included in their budget and can't be used for the extras (like repairs to infrastructure that are so desperately needed) or it later becomes absorbed into the general fund.
I just read an article the other day about Congressional appropriations to airports in several states that have little or even no air traffic. If some of these pork barrel gifts were cleaned up and out of the budget, think what money we would have available to protect our parks and public lands - and other worthwhile projects. Don't get me started!
What do you think? Vote at our poll. Feel free to leave a comment below. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Thought we'd get updated figures for how much it costs to live the RV lifestyle. Besides the everyday expenses, be sure to factor in things like taxes and repairs and once-a-year expenses like insurance or vehicle registration. Vote below. Leave a comment if you'd like. Thanks! Jaimie Hall Bruzenak