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Old 01-08-2007, 09:22 AM   #15
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From what I could see on Amazon at least the Oregon, Washington, and Pacific Northwest camping books are 4 to 5 years old. Also from the prices and sellers (Note: Amazon isn't selling them, it's a 3rd party) my guess is that it's out of print.

This book series had changed from "Foghorn" to "Moon"

The current title can be seen here.. This is an Avalon Publishing web site.
I had searched to see if there was a more recent edition of the Foghorn PNW camping book than the 2003 version offered, but I didn't realize that there was a name change with the new edition. (Amazon was still selling the 2003 version yesterday, but since then they've sold out.) That's the trouble with a virtual book store compared to the bookshop on the corner... Well, feel free to contact us if you want to know which campgrounds used to be where you want to go!

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Old 01-08-2007, 09:04 PM   #16
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All my Foghorn books were pubished by Avalon and all were between 2000 and 2001 with exception of New England Camping which was 2005.

As I said I use my California and Northwest books all the time. So far I haven't encountered any problems with using a book that is 5 to 6 yeas old. These books do include RV style campgrounds like KOA's. Since my books are not current I could run into places that have changed names or maybe closed but so far, not. Also I'm not inclined to utilized them anyway. The Forest, State parks etc. for the most part will still be there. The only thing I've encountered is that the price has gone up. I don't plan to purchase any more current versions anytime soon.

As far as Moon books go, I recently purchased Moon books for the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. They are not camping books but do have mention of campground facilities in the various sections of each state they are writing about. Not comprehensive like the Camping books. Foghorn did not have Camping books for those states when I was looking for them. Now that it is Moon Books maybe I'll find some.

And like Pete, I too have the National Parks Campground book and agree that I'd most likely use the Passport America more if I were in the East. What gives me my membership fee back has been the one stay at Pahrump, Nev each year while attending the West Coast ScampCamp. Anything after that is gravy "if" I use my PA card.

I too, have a new Golden Age Pass which is simply that a Golden Age Pass. The long name that I think Byron mentioned applies to the other cards that used to exsist, such as the Parks Pass, Golden Eagle etc which are now under that umbrella. Not the Golden Age(for those over 62) and Golden Access(for those with disabilities. Any way that's my understanding.
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All my Foghorn books were pubished by Avalon and all were between 2000 and 2001 with exception of New England Camping which was 2005.

Foghorn books are no more. They are now Moon books and published by Avalon.

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I too, have a new Golden Age Pass which is simply that a Golden Age Pass. The long name that I think Byron mentioned applies to the other cards that used to exsist, such as the Parks Pass, Golden Eagle etc which are now under that umbrella. Not the Golden Age(for those over 62) and Golden Access(for those with disabilities. Any way that's my understanding.
The new name for "Golden Age Passport" is "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Senior Pass". This is a recent change, within the last couple months.
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The new name for "Golden Age Passport" is "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Senior Pass". This is a recent change, within the last couple months.
Byron is right - and what a shame the crisp old three-word name has neen changed to a blustering 12-word mouthful by some bureaucrat with nothing better to do!
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Byron is right - and what a shame the crisp old three-word name has neen changed to a blustering 12-word mouthful by some bureaucrat with nothing better to do!
Us seniors at times can barely remember our name, let alone this thing.

Conversation at National Park admissions gate.

Gate Attendent "Do you have an America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Senior Pass"

Senior "A what?"

Gate Attendent "An America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass– Senior Pass"

Senior "What's it look like?"

Gate Attendent "I think it used to be called a Golden Age Passport?

Senior "Well sonny, why didn't you say that in the first place? Here ya go."



I know, a poor attempt at humor.
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It would be very funny, Byron, if only it weren't so true!
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This name for a pass sounded so silly I had to look it up. There's a summary from Recreation.gov, and it uses the whole phrase "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" fifteen times and never resorts to an acronym (which would be ATBNPAFRLP?) - I'm amazed. This page and the National Park Service page about passes name and describe the old "Golden" passes which are being replaced.

According to the Department of the Interior press release, this is really new; I'm not surprised that there is some confusion.
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and never resorts to an acronym (which would be ATBNPAFRLP?)
For us older folks, it would be ATBNPAFRLP-SP - pronounced AT-BEN-PAFFERLIP-SIP.
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Pete do you have links to these Books?
Here's an Amazon link to Don Wright's Free Camping Books (Eastern and Western Editions, with 'free' being defined as $12 or less (which means that a $20 CG, which would only cost a GA Card holder $10, wouldn't actually be listed) -- He also includes walkin or boatin sites, so one has to read carefully, plus sometimes he only gives a Park or NF/BLM Hq address without listing the locations of the actual sites.

Here's an Amazon Link to Camping with the Corps (of Engineers).

Here's a general Amazon Link to Camping in Natl Parks because I couldn't find the book I have and it's packed away right now.

If I am going to be in a state for a while, I will take a look at the DeLorme's Gazeteer for that state to see if its editor (different info for different states) put the actual locations of Natl Forest/BLM CGs on the maps -- If so, I'll get it -- Otherwise, I stop at the NF hqs for each forest and pick up lists and maps of that forest.
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If I am going to be in a state for a while, I will take a look at the DeLorme's Gazeteer for that state to see if its editor (different info for different states) put the actual locations of Natl Forest/BLM CGs on the maps -- If so, I'll get it -- Otherwise, I stop at the NF hqs for each forest and pick up lists and maps of that forest.
I believe that most of the PNW National Forest camp ground information is on line. BLM has just released a new web site with their sites .

Link to BLM Site.
Link to PNW National Forests.
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Here's an Amazon link to Don Wright's Free Camping Books (Eastern and Western Editions, with 'free' being defined as $12 or less (which means that a $20 CG, which would only cost a GA Card holder $10, wouldn't actually be listed) -- He also includes walkin or boatin sites, so one has to read carefully, plus sometimes he only gives a Park or NF/BLM Hq address without listing the locations of the actual sites.

Here's an Amazon Link to Camping with the Corps (of Engineers).

Here's a general Amazon Link to Camping in Natl Parks because I couldn't find the book I have and it's packed away right now.
I've seen all of the books Pete mentions above at Camping World, and I think I purchased one or two of mine from them. You may pay less from Amazon but would incur shipping. If you have CW near by check it out.
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We generally avoid National Park Campgrounds, preferring the surrounding National Forest CGs, quieter, less crowded, more natural. When we visit Yellowstone NP, for example, we stay in the lovely Eagle Creek CG just a few miles outside the East Entrance, and drive into the park for the day.
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We have used AAA for 50 years. Just rip out the motel section. My navigator copies camp ground notes into the the latest issue. The books are part of the membership and usually accurate.
The Stienstra books are good too but campgrounds do change even disappear.
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I believe that most of the PNW National Forest camp ground information is on line. BLM has just released a new web site with their sites .

Link to BLM Site.
Link to PNW National Forests.
The advantages to the map books is that one need not be on line (important to Full Timer or multi-week traveler in remote area) and if the CGs are marked, they are marked right there on your map.
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