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Old 09-04-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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Question Do You Remember

I remember when State and Federal parks were free to roam and campsites were $7 a night.

Now Assateague Island Maryland charges $46 with a macadam pad, no electric, no water, no, you get the point.

I stopped at Cape Henlopen in Delaware for a bike ride and a picnic and had to pay $8 just to get in.

Any fond fleeting memories of camping days of yore?
(I know gas was $.32 a gallon back then too, I think I'm old.)
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:02 AM   #2
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One advatage to being a 'senior' is half price fees at govt. campgrounds and FREE at National Parks. Oh, when I began driving gas was 19 cents and that was for Ethyl. You are 'old' if you remember Ethyl......especially if she was your first one.
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Since this is Labor Day weekend, this thread reminds me of our anual Labor Day camping trip to Madison S. Dakota. That would have been in the late 1950's and I was in grade school. I believe it was a state park, you picked out a tree and set your tent up under it. No fees, no rangers, no check in or out, not many campers. I was designated waterboy and I had to pump it as well as cary it. Still many great memories of those days that began my life long enjoyment of camping.
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I found this old permit in the safari and framed it. Amt. Pd. for the site in 1973 $2.50
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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$2.50 for a camp site

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I found this old permit in the safari and framed it. Amt. Pd. for the site in 1973 $2.50
Wonder what that cost today if the campground still exists?
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One advatage to being a 'senior' is half price fees at govt. campgrounds and FREE at National Parks. Oh, when I began driving gas was 19 cents and that was for Ethyl. You are 'old' if you remember Ethyl......especially if she was your first one.
Ya know what,,,,, I have a feeling you lived through the best generation yet and to ever be. I feel so very lucky to have been part of it.
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(I know gas was $.32 a gallon back then too, I think I'm old.)
My owners manual for my 71 has instructions for digging a cat hole for black water.

I remember back country ranger stations in the Adirondacks and trash dumps at campsites. Both long gone.

Does that make me older?
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I am just a youngen. I remember gas at .53 cents per gallon. If I remember correctly that was in the early 70,s I was in my teens then...SAM
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The good old days before the government ran out of other people's money.
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I can recall when an Imperial gallon of gasoline was 32¢ Canadian. That was in the mid-'50s.

It is also my feeling that costs of many things were about 1/10 of what they are now.

If that's true, arcamedies, your $46 to park at Assateague Island Maryland was a good deal!
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In 1958 I worked at a Shell station. Gas was 27.9 and 31.9. I got paid $1.50 per hour.

Here is a menu from Bob's Big Boy on Van Nuys Blvd, from about that same time.
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Parks have to be paid for either by fees or taxes, or both. The choice in recent decades is fees and little in the way of taxes. That is true of others things too, such as higher education at state schools, and in some places, toll roads. I would not be surprised if the public libraries will go that route too.

Federal campgrounds are being contracted to concessionaires who make some improvements, collect profit, and jack up the fees substantially. At a campground in Colorado we stayed at, the senior pass cut the camping fee in half, but the charge for electricity was not halved. Strange. The senior pass sometimes gets a discount, sometimes doesn't and I can't figure out how it is determined. There are national forests where you have to pay to enter, but it seems very difficult to figure out which ones and whether the senior pass can be used. I asked the feds for a list of ones, but just got a non-answer including to ask at a ranger station (they are often closed) or the headquarters, even though I may be planning a trip from a thousand miles away. Until the early '80's, national forest maps were free, then they started charging for them and the fee keeps going up. And in western Colorado a lot of federal campgrounds seem to have been closed to save money.

State parks are being closed in some states, notably Arizona, or made so expensive, we avoid them. I see reports on the Forum of Cal. CG's costing more than $40. Sometimes there's a separate fee for everything—in Colorado, showers are extra, for example.

I always thought some things, like libraries and parks, are too important to not be free (i.e., paid through taxes), but apparently I'm losing that battle.

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I agree with Gene. Being full timers, we see all sorts of different rates for campgrounds, from cheap to out of site. I don't mind a KOA or such when we need laundry, showers, wi-fi and such, but paying over 25 bucks a night for a crummy site with MAYBE power is pushing it. No wonder the Parks are claiming financial problems; no one goes there anymore. Or the ones that do stay (we've been camp hosts) leave early in the morning.
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In 1958 I worked at a Shell station. Gas was 27.9 and 31.9. I got paid $1.50 per hour.

Here is a menu from Bob's Big Boy on Van Nuys Blvd, from about that same time.
EGADs I remember the melted cheese and fries for $.30 I was a young tyke then
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