Certainly, I’m not ready to admit being old, but Gene on the other hand....
Jack, Ansley, and Kayley came this past weekend to help “Big Dad” celebrate his 62nd birthday. Gene has been counting the months and the days for this birthday--the one on which he was finally eligible to purchase the senior edition of the America the Beautiful pass from the National Park Service.
We’ve been buying the American the Beautiful pass for many years, originally for $50/year and more recently for $80/year. Now, with the senior rate it is only $10 and is good for the rest of his life. What’s so special about this pass? It allows the cardholder entrance to the National Parks and National Forest facilities for free. That includes parking at trailheads in National Forests where a fee is charged. Campground fees are reduced to half price. We use these areas so often it was a good deal even at $80/year without the additional reduction of camping fees. $10 is fantastic. We’re jumping for joy.
We had a great weekend with Jack, Ansley, and Kayley. It’s hard work to get ready for such a big birthday and Nana needed plenty of help from Kayley. We made cookies and decorated cupcakes. There were birthday cards to make and little messes to clean up.
It wasn’t all work and no play, though. We found time to check out the local playground at one of the parks in Maryville.
It was a fun-filled, busy weekend. Nana and Big Dad were moving pretty slowly Sunday afternoon.
That’s all for today. Thanks for tagging along.