Tag: Sequoia

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

(Originally published September 21, 2016; last updated April 12, 2018)

“$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park.

(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website.

Yep, it’s $30 for a 7-day pass for a single non-commercial vehicle and its passengers.

Only staying part of one day? Just doing a “drive-thru”? It’s still $30.

Come on a motorcycle and you’ll save $5. Come on foot and keep $15 in your wallet.

Still, it seems like a grandiose fee to see that grand view.

But what about the other national parks? What are the entry fees there?

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Travel Photo Thursday: Let It Snow!

Travel Photo Thursday: Let It Snow!

California lives on snow.

Snow that falls in the Sierra Nevada mountains in winter becomes a life-giving reservoir of water that sustains for much of the Golden State’s population as the snowpack melts from late Spring into Fall.

After a prolonged drought, this weeks storms have Californian’s yelling “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Here are two versions of a snowy nighttime scene shot in Sequoia National Park not in Winter, but last May when a late season storm blew through the mountains.

The white snow turned yellow under the glow of incandescent lights at Wuksachi Lodge.

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The second pays homage to Ansel Adams with a black and white rendition of the same subject.

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(For more information on visiting Sequoia National Parks and the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park read “Big Spiders, Big Trees, and Mr. Muir’s Big Rock.”

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)

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