Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Camping For Seniors

We didn't camp with our kids. Big mistake. I remember the overnights at sleep-away camp, tucked away in our sleeping bags after a roast and singalong around the campfire. The mountain air was crisp and fragrant with the scent of pine trees.

This weekend I am taking my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter to Yosemite. We'll hike and swim and drink in the beauty. Maybe I'll pack a kite, a blow-up ball, her Big Wheels, and a lot of snacks. We'll barbecue with a large group of friends who are also bringing about a dozen kids, toddlers to teens.

But I can't say I don't feel some trepidation. Maybe like some of you out there.

The article The Changing Fact of Outdoor Enthusiasts--Senior Citizens, explains that many over 50 year olds don't explore the great outdoors because of perceived cost, a lack of experience, and fear.

Yet the U.S. Forest Service reports that older adults are visiting national parks in increasing numbers. Some campgrounds, I've learned, even exchange visitor hosting services for free camping.

Elderhostel programs which focus on outdoor adventure activities have also mushroomed in popularity. More and more itineraries are including rafting, rock climbing, hiking and canoeing among outdoor activities.

Believe me, folks, if I, the consummate motel/hotel/inn/B&B lady, can take the baby step towards outdoor exploration, so can you.

Check out the Senior Pass, an inexpensive lifetime pass providing access to recreation areas governed by five federal agencies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents over 62.

Reserve your place under the stars while exploring our great continent.

And wish me luck!


Bear Naked said...

Don't forget to pack the ingredients for s'mores.
Have a great time.


50something said...

Are you serious? They're first on the list!

Ann K. Levine, Esq. said...

Battery powered DVD player is packed. Bug repellent?

50something said...

I've got the repellent, waterproof sunblock, a stool.

vendee said...

How was your trip ?
I'm thinking about visiting the Yosemite with my granddaughter too.

Victor, from camping vendée