Mid this week, we left the Salt Lake area and headed southeast 260 miles to the small town of Moab. It is our first stop of several in this region that will take us to a number of National Parks including Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. Now how is this for a backdrop to our campsite here in Moab?
One of the first things we did here was to go a Park and buy a new National Park/Federal Lands Pass. Gary had a somewhat momentous birthday this week. Let’s just say that the Department of the Interior now officially recognizes him as a senior. And with that recognition comes the opportunity to purchase a Senior Parks Pass. The non-senior version costs $80 a year. The senior one costs $10 for life. The senior one also provides for half off camping on federal lands. We still had a few months left on our regular annual pass, but we bought the senior one as soon as we could. We figured a federal government that would spitefully shut down White House tours when they had a trillion dollars of other choices just to try to say that they shouldn’t have to make the smallest of budget reductions might well move to take away this senior parks benefit. And maybe they will even though we have already purchased the card, but we thought it best to quickly grab one while we had the chance. But we did get in our White House tour last year before they shut them down.