Saturday, January 28, 2012

California State Parks

Like many long time Californians, I'm pretty depressed about the current camping fees. Where we used to go to local parks at the drop of a hat, now, not so much.

Even the day passes are $10, just to go in and hang for a couple of hours, outrageous!

So you can imagine how happy I was to discover the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass. For $10 a year (January to January), folks 62 or older can purchase this pass which entitles them day entrance into most state parks for about nine months out of the year (it excludes from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day). It's good for the cardholder and their spouse or partner, as well as anyone in the car with them (up to 9 people).

Is that cool or what? It's certainly brought us back to the state parks. Not necessarily for camping, which is still very expensive and reserved for special occasions, but at least we can go and visit for a couple of hours at a time.

I wanted to share this with all of you who might benefit from these passes.

On to other things, I cannot believe that I am sick again! Last time it was flu, but this time it's a head cold. I have to say, I think head colds are the most miserable ailments. sore throat, runny nose, achy body.

BLECCHHHH, it sucks.

The worst part is that MacWorld has been the last three days. I managed to score free tickets (usually $45 per person), but just couldn't muster the energy to drive to San Francisco and then walk all over Moscone Center. It's the one trade show I usually look forward to, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

Since I've been sick,
I thought I'd include
a picture from my archives.


Merikay said...

Thanks for the heads up on the park pass. We shall have to get that.

Lorna... said...

WOW! Can't tell you how many "Day Use" bucks I've paid at New Brighton just to dump my tanks! The new pass might open doors for some Tioga George style "camping." Thanks for the info Kate.

Big Matt said...

Yeah, when I last was in California camping along the 101 back in 2007, the nights were $20 or less, they've got up alot and along with yer high taxes and gas prices, have kept me from returning to California again :(.

Donna K said...

Glad you found out about that pass. That should be a great thing to have. We have something similar for Oregon.

So sorry to hear you are sick again. Sure hope you feel better soon. Love that photo from your archives!

Judy and Emma said...

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Paula said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Chicken soup, that's what you need. The state parks pass is a real deal. I think there's something similar for the national parks as well.

Carol K said...

Thank you for blogging about the park pass, Kate. We bought one today at the ranger station near Oceano State Beach. We do not have a California driver's license because we are from Washington, but we were still able to get the pass. We used it later today to park at Oso Flaco Lake near Guadalupe.