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Old 07-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #15
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Thanks for the all great info...and support!! I can see the first thing I'm going to have to get my head around is the right mindset...;o)

It is always good to be learning ~~

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #16
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One clarification -- these passes are only for U.S. citizens. We have many Canadian friends on these forums and while sometimes the annual passes will be sold to non-U.S. citizens, only in the event of a mistake will a "senior" pas -- aka "Golden Age" pass -- be issued to a non-citizen. These passes are good in many areas people do not realize are federal areas as well -- such as national historic sites and national recreation areas (many lakes and reservoirs) where the fee may be collected at the visitor center info desk.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #17
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OilnH20,

Good point. However, some do appear to be available to non-U.S. citizens. To clarify, requirements for passes are quoted below:

* Annual Pass -- "Anyone 16 years or older may purchase the pass; children under 16 are always admitted free. Each Annual Pass can have up to two 'owners'."

* Senior Pass -- "You must be a permanent U.S. resident or a U.S. citizen, with identification such as U.S. Driver's License, Green Card or U.S. Passport."

* Access Pass -- "The Access Pass may be issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities."

* Volunteer Pass -- "The Volunteer Pass will be issued free of charge to volunteers who accrue 250 volunteer hours."


See link below for additional details:

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:28 AM   #18
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Thanks, Phoenix -- that part for the "Golden Age," (access, etc.) pass about the green card, permanent resident is new -- good clarification!
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:52 AM   #19
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Good itinerary. If you get in early enough to Great Falls and like art of the West, the C M Russell Museum is worth the effort to unhitch and see. Also at Hagerman there is a nice little RV park at a well tended hot springs there that's fun to stay at. You probably already know about the Hagerman Fossil Bed NM. Water to the Snake river comes pouring out of the side walls of the canyon near there. Lots of stuff to see. Take the tram to the top of Mt. Howard. Though the state park is nice, there is also a well located RV park (Scenic Meadows) that's right on the river and close to an interesting trailhead upriver.

Want more about the area, read some of the Oregon Sampler blog (below)

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Old 07-06-2012, 09:00 AM   #20
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And, if you are goig to drive from West to East (either via Going-to-the -Sun Road w/o AS or around the southern border with the AS) and stop on the eastside / St. Mary, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump to visit one of the small towns -(Cardston, Lethbridge, and Fort MacLeod) -to the north and get your passport stamped in Canada! When I worked in GP, we would often drive up across the border from St.M just for a quick evening ice cream stop ... and, you will be much safer in your metal-sided AS than folks tenting ... for both two and four legged considerations.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #21
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Thank you for the travel tips...most appreciated!!!
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:46 AM   #22
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KOA down the road, some other parks around, but we like this little place
As I recall, that KOA was absurdly expensive. We had a beautiful spot in the park.

Next year we get the senior pass!!!!!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:19 PM   #23
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In my opinion, all of the RV parks are expensive. Due to the extreme winters, the peak visitor season only lasts a couple of months, then most of the tourists vanish. Local businesses only have a small window of opportunity, and they take advantage of the flood of tourists drawn to Yellowstone. However, it's worth the price...
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We just returned from 3 nights in Glacier NP. There still is a lot of snow at the high elevations, but boy, was it hot! We decided to drive the Going-to-the-Sun road yesterday primarily so that our dog could have more air-conditioned comfort. Spectacular scenery up there, but there is construction west of Logan pass that can delay you by up to a half-hour. Since the Park Service and the concessionaire run constant shuttles through this road, it may be the easiest way for dogless travelers to enjoy it, especially for anybody afraid of heights. We had a reservation for the Fish Creek campground on the west side, which is probably necessary for anyone wanting to stay in the same site for several days; otherwise this campground did have vacancies every night on a one-night basis. We also canoed on Lake McDonald and Bowman Lake.

What a beautiful place!
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Len and Jeanne, you don't happen to know Merv and Jean in Creston, do you?
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We are slightly acquainted. I saw them at our local farmers' market this morning and asked if they had friends with an Airstream. They knew right away who you are, said you are great friends, and send their best regards. That is, unless there is a different Jean and Merv out here with different Airstreaming friends in Montana!
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There's only one "Merv and Jean!"

We worked together when I was in Glacier and they were at Waterton Lakes. Regards back to them, and to you, too.

We think the best cherries and asparagus comes from the Creston Valley -- and people too! You live in one of the prettiest places anywhere!
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Oh, thank you. We did a lot of exploring of southern BC before settling on this area for our retirement. And only 5 hours from Glacier NP!
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