OK, first the bad news. We are all getting older. Nothing we can do about it. I now find myself occasionally qualifying for "senior" discounts, which is weird. I don't think of myself as a senior citizen, but what can you do?
So now the good news. I went to Joshua Tree National Park last weekend prepared to buy a new annual pass (my current pass was expired). I handed my expired pass and driver's license to the park ranger, got $30 out of my wallet, and was surprised to hear her say "You qualify for the Senior Pass!" Really?? What does that cost?? She said "$10". Wow, $10 for the year, that's a pretty good discount. "No", she says, "$10 for your lifetime."
She must have noticed the incredulous look on my face... and proceeded to say that the pass not only gets me into all National Parks, but into all properties managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Dept. of the Interior, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. All for $10. For the rest of my life. Oh, and it includes anyone else I can fit in my car!! Wow, no wonder the government is broke! If you're 62 or older, quick, go out and buy a Senior Pass before someone wakes up and realizes they should be charging 10 times this amount!!