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Friday, June 19, 2015

NEW! What's Happening? - Park Event details available on Passport America's Website



We are happy to announce a new section available on our website entirely dedicated to events at participating campgrounds. Members now have a quick way to find out what's happening at participating parks. Events include bingo, potlucks, events for kids, gatherings, dinners, live entertainment and much more!

Click here to start exploring events at Passport America Participating Campgrounds.

When you visit our website, you will find a link to all posted events within the Campground Menu on our website:




The list's default order is by month, state/province and day of the month. However, you can filter the list by month and state/province:


From the list you can click on the name of the campground to access the park's Passport America Campground Directory details. There may also be a link on the event listing that will direct to details about the event on the campground's website.

In addition to accessing park events in the What's Happening section, you can also view from the participating campground's listing. You will notice "Park Events" below the Testimonial section on the park's Passport America listing only if events are posted.



Click on "View Park Events" for a list of the participating park's events.

We hope you enjoy this new option and have a great time  at the events you attend. :)

Please be advised that the Passport America discount may not be valid during these posted events. Please refer to the NOTES on the campground's Passport America listing for details about member discount eligibility and valid times.

Xscapers – A New Generation of RVers



 I’m so excited to be a part of this new evolution of an already great club. Less than 24 hours "live" and the connections just keep expanding. Can't wipe this grin off my face.Sky Renfro

Escapees RV Club founders Joe and Kay Peterson were just 43 years old and working on the road when they started full-time RVing. When they formed the club in 1978, 40 percent of the members were under age 50, the majority was still working at least part-time, and nine of the first 100 member-families were traveling full-time with their kids.

Escapees’ 36-year mission is to provide a complete support network for ALL RVers. Travis and Melanie Carr, the third generation of this family-owned business, realized that the newest generation of RVers was being inadvertently left out.

Inspired by the Club’s original roots and their own desire to work and travel while in their 20s, they are expanding the circle of support by creating a brand new lifestyle group called Xscapers.


Cherie, Chris, Melanie and Travis.

Xscapers is a support network for RVers who (in most cases) have not yet retired but have already, or are aspiring to, hit the road in pursuit of a full-time or part-time nomadic lifestyle. Travis and Melanie worked closely with Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia in order to come up with new benefits and services that would help meet the needs of these RVers.
 

To keep information and resources better geared to meet the needs of each demographic niche, a one-style-fits-all format was less than ideal; therefore, there are two separate websites available for both Escapees (www.escapees.com) and Xscapers (www.xscapers.com). However, every member has the ability to participate in either group as much or as little as they choose.




The price is just $29.95 regardless of which group you join!  At that price you have complete access to both groups—there is no separation in membership and no additional costs. You will find a slightly different look and feel on each site, and some of the resources vary, but you may easily cross back and forth between sites based on your personal interests and needs.

As the year unfolds, you may see some new events and Xscapers gatherings taking place. We anticipate convergences where various generations will come together in a whole new way. Let the adventure begin—we’ll see you on the horizon!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Platte River Campground, Glenrock, WY - New Passport America Participating Park




Escape to Platte River RV Campground a magical destination. Most people call Platte River RV a place where your mind, body, and soul will relax and become one with nature.

We are a private owned campground, friendly staff and happy for you to be our guest. Platte River RV Living, location in the campground is for a more quiet experience.

The great part about Platte River RV & Campground, in addition to the RV Park being open year-round, is the campground offers many different styles of camping-enough options to please any camper. Full drive through sights, self contained sights and walk in tent sights right on the river. We offer floating parties that include: Your group camp sight, floating trip, evening campfire and BBQ. 



We offer kayak, canoe, river tubing and paddleboarding rentals. Shuttle service provided. We have the perfect island right off the beach landing for excellent fly fishing for rainbow & brown trout. 


We offer a hiking trip to The Rock In The Glen $10.00 per person. This rock bears some of the names and traces of the 350,000 emigrants who traveled westward through this valley during the 1800's. This is a very easy trip about 1 1/2 mile round trip hike.


Amenities: Located on the river with 40 total RV sites, can accommodate RV’s up to 50ft, 30/50-amp service, full hookups, partial hookups, back-ins, pull thrus with full hookups and 30/50-amp, dump station, hike-in tent sites, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry, ice, picnic area, fire rings, BBQ, propane, RV storage, canoeing, fishing, ATV, nature watching, swimming in river.

Long term lease RV living. We also offer storage units for extra storage space. 



Area Attractions: Our Campground is ON the Oregon Trail. Our Glenrock Museum has pictures of the river where we are.

Glenrock's Paleontological Museum. Dr. Robert T. Bakker Education Center offers info into the dinosaur age of our area with Lady Stephanie at the helm. A Triceratops that was discovered 5-miles north of Glenrock in 1994. 

Also in the area - Historical Higgins Hotel and Paisley Shawl Hotel Bed and Breakfast. 

Glenrock Area Events: June 13, 18, 19, 20 Valentine Speedway Race Track, June 26-28 15th Annual Summer Hog Fest, and Deer Creek Day's July 31st through August 2nd: 5K run/walk, annual parade, tractor pulls, golf tournament, art show and craft fair. 

There are many museums, restaurants, grocery stores plus more close by.

Platte River Campground
131 Shawnie Ln
Glenrock, WY 82637
Phone: (307) 262-9768

Regular Rate(s): $45.00*
Passport America Rate(s): $22.50*

NOTES: Open year-round! PA cannot be combined with another discount. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. *Plus 9% tax. Rates are for up to four adults. $1 per pet. Tent Rates: Sunday thru Thursday $18, PA $9. Weekends and Holidays $20, PA $10.

 

NEW Thousand Trails Anthem


Check-out the new Thousand Trails anthem! 

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National Senior Fishing License proposed

Donna and Dennis Miller with last crappie to finish all 48 states.

National Senior Fishing License proposed

By Kim Fundingsland –Staff Writer – The Minot Daily News


 A man who has fished in 49 states and has his 50th, Hawaii, on his coming schedule, says he’d like to see the implementation of a National Senior Fishing License. Dennis Miller, a former North Dakotan who claims Livingston, Texas as his residence, regularly tours the country in an RV with his wife Donna. Both are avid fishermen.

  An earlier proposal for nationwide free fishing for seniors died for lack of supper at the federal level. The idea has arisen again, this time at the state level with a push for a National Senior Fishing License. The license would cost $50 and be good in all participating states. Fishermen would have to have a resident license from their home state to be eligible for the national license. 

 Miller has partnered with Ray Fernandez, a Mississippi man who operates a national RV website called Passport America. They currently are encouraging fisherman throughout the US to sign an online petition at (fishingpetition.com).

  “It’s a real simple petition” said Miller. “I’m getting about 50-100 signatures a week. I’ve never had a negative response in all my travels. We’re being faily patient with this, probably try to schedule something in Texas and Florida this winter.”

  Miller says he hopes to take several thousand petition signatures with him when he meets with various state agencies while pitching the idea of a National Senior Fishing License. The hope is to get a few states to adopt the concept and then see if others will follow.

  “I would think five to eight states, probably to start” said Miller. “I’m aiming pretty low, to be honest. The path that I’m going to take is to present a letter of intent or agreement. I have no idea whether or not it will succeed. Where this ends up, I don’t know.”

  Greg Power, North Dakota Game and Fish Departement fisheries division chief, said he had not yet heard about Miller’s effort when contacted by The Minot Daily News. However, said Power, some obstacles to overcome would be that sates have varying ages for senior fishing licenses and different start dates to fishing seasons.

  “It’s news to me” said Power. “It sounds like a logistical challenge.”

  In North Dakota a senior resident fishing license, age 65 or older, is $5. A non-resident season fishing license is $45. Like many other states, North Dakota does not have a non-resident senior fishing license.

  “States have little or no cost for senior fishing licenses, so they’ve really not getting any revenue,” said Miller. “This is a way for them to get money for that. The home state keeps the $50.”

  Coastal states have both freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses, another issue that would have to be overcome if the National Senior Fishing License comes to fruition. Miller says his current effort is aimed solely at freshwater fishing. 

By Kim Fundingsland –Staff Writer – The Minot Daily News

Permission provided to include article on Passport America Blog.


Show your support and sign the petition online:

Join the conversation - Follow the Petition for National Senior Fishing License on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/FishingPetition

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Carol's Adventures - Travel Blog - Passport America Member Spotlight




"My name is Carol Landau. In 2005 I turned a 30 year old dream into a reality. Since I was in my early 20's I wanted to get a camper van and travel around the country by myself. As I got older I often dreamed about traveling in a camper van. I never gave up the thought that I wanted to do it. Over the years I have had Cancer three times and still I told myself that one day I am going to get my camper van. As I got older and life happened, I would think about the camper van. Should I wait until I retire and buy it then, or should I buy it sooner and take shorter trips and use it now.
In 2005 I flew out west, rented a car and drove through several National Parks. I saw people camping in RV's and camper vans and right then I decided that now is the time to buy my van. I was about 10 years from my target age of 65 to retire. So, I searched online and found the perfect camper van for me. I lived in south Florida and the camper van was in Arizona. So I had a AAA mechanic check out the vehicle, the mechanic called and said it is in good condition and I took out a loan and flew to Phoenix to buy my camper van. I had never driven anything like this vehicle before, however the excitement was enough to give me courage to drive it across the country to Florida. I stopped in Texas to visit friends on the way back.
Hells Canyon, OR 2011
I am so happy that I didn't wait until I retired to buy my camper van. I used it whenever I could, whether it be a long weekend, or taking a week or 10 day vacation to drive somewhere. I made the monthly payments and before I retired my camper was paid for which lessened my monthly expense. Otherwise, I would have had to make payments in my retirement. 
Lake Okeechobee, FL 2012

Life happens and in 2010 at the age of 60, unexpectedly, I had to have four operations in eight months. It changed my health condition dramatically, In the spring of 2011 after being in pain and still being affected by health complications, I decided to retire at the age of 60 1/2.  A few days after my last day at work I got in my camper van and traveled around the United States for 5 1/2 months, the distance was almost 12,000 miles. What an amazing experience!" - Carol Landau

Carol is still taking trips annually. 
Read about her travels and see photos 
go to Carol's Adventures http://www.carolsadventures.com/

All Done RV Camping, Sussex/Smiths Creek Area, NB - New Passport America Participating Park


Situated in scenic Smiths Creek, just 15km out of Sussex, NB, we are a New RV Park catering to the Empty Nester. We provide a quiet atmosphere, with serene grounds to relax and enjoy our river with it's Covered Bridges. 


All Done RV Camping has one of the longest seasons, from April to November, all sites are full service, 30amp, each with a fire-ring, or you can rent one of our fully stocked RVs, just bring your food! 


46 total RV sites (21 nightly sites, 21 seasonals and 4 rentals), can accommodate RV’s up to 100ft, pull thrus, back-ins, full hookups, 30-amp, dump station, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, shower/restroom (day use only), laundry, handicap accessible, picnic tables, BBQ, fire rings, store, ice, recycling, security, clubhouse, ATV, hiking, nature watching, horseshoes, washer toss. River running through the grounds which is great for tubing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. 



Park Events: Pizza contests/ Golf ball-river-drive challenge/ Pig Roasts/ Bluegrass Jam Sessions/ Pot Luck Meals/ Clay Oven baking / Horse shoes, Bocce Ball, and Washer Toss Tournaments. 


Area Attractions: 

SUSSEX: Fundy Trail Parkway, Sussex Farmers Market, Drive-In Theatre, Sussex Golf Club, Indoor Pool/Rec Center, Murals, Downtown Shopping and Big Box stores. 

MONCTON: Magnetic Hill, Magic Mountain Water Park, Moncton Shopping, Hopewell Rocks, Golf Course, Casino NB. 

ST JOHN: Reversing Falls, Irving Nature Park, Maretllo Tower, King’s Square, Saint John Shopping, Loyalists Burial Grounds Park, Fort How Lookout, Saint John City Market. 

PETITCODIAC: Golf Course, Outdoor Pool, Library and Bowling.


All Done RV Camping
1468 Rte 890
Sussex/Smiths Creek Area, NB E4G 1N2
Canada
Phone: (506) 869-0547 

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Regular Rate(s): $35.00*
Passport America Rate(s): $17.50*
NOTES: Open April thur Nov. PA is valid for one night. PA is not valid during holidays. Cancellations must be made at least 3 DAYS PRIOR TO CHECK IN DATE in order to receive a full refund of the deposit. There are no refunds for reservations made after or within the cancellation period. Shower/Restroom only available 9AM-8PM. Credit cards accepted. MAILING ADDRESS: 1468 RTE 890, NEWTOWN, NB, E4G 1N2 Pets welcome. *Rates are for 2 people, $10 for each additional person. Fee to use showers.Tax Included.


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Since 1992, Passport America is the original 50% Discount Camping Club. With our Discount Travel Card, members of our club receive 50% Discounts on nightly camping fees for campsites at over 1,800 participating campgrounds, RV Parks and RV Resorts in the US, Canada, and Mexico! Membership is only $44.00 USD for 1 year and pays for itself with just a few nights stay. Please contact us (800) 283-7183 M-F 8AM-6PM CST SAT 9AM-4PM if you have any questions regarding our services. We are always very happy to help you!