Retirement 14: Create your personal Adventure List


Before you create your personal adventure list- Let’s define adventure.

There are as many definitions of adventure as there are types of adventures to be experienced.

Majestic Adventures

Define adventure.  

Adventure is getting out and being bold. It’s trying new foods or new activities to say you’ve done it. It’s anything that pushes your routine and comfort zone…but most of all it’s fun and thrilling.

For our purposes, adventures for Baby Boomers and retirement generally means something outside your day to day routine, Not necessarily risky but risky in that it pushes your experience level and maybe your comfort zone but is still something you’d like to try.

Adventures can be broken down into all types of new activities:

  • Boating
  • Culinary
  • Tourism
  • Sports activities
  • Mountain climbing
  • Skating, Skiing
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Educational pursuits
  • Games
  • Languages
  • Glass fusing, art
  • Travel
  • Musical instruments
  • Dance
  • Exploring all National parks
  • Visiting Natural wonders of the world
  • Deep sea Diving
  • Writing, blogging
  • Photography
  • Gardening, painting, ceramics, wood working, etc.

In summary, an adventure may include learning or trying something new to you.  Something that you are curious about and excited to experience.

You’re much more likely to make your wishes come true if you write down exactly what it is you want. This list is limitless.  If there are limitations, they are individual to your own restrictions.  Maybe these are physical restrictions, maybe financial, maybe health restrictions but for the most part…it’s all wide open

How do you start? Here’s an ‘adventure example’

Pick one adventure that intrigues you. Let’s say it’s exploring the National Parks in just your state or maybe the whole nation.

Start your research in the library or on the internet.Let’s say you are researching National Park ‘perks’ for senior citizens

Question:   How much does a National Park pass for seniors usually cost?

Answer:As of April 2015, the National Park Senior Pass costs $10. A lifetime pass

Adventures in National Parks

for people 62 years or older, the Senior Pass allows entry to more than 2,000 sites managed by five federal agencies, such as the National Parks Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Senior Pass is available either by mail or in person at many federal recreational sites. The mail-in application requires an extra $10 document-processing fee. To find site locations or mailing information, Web users can click Buy Recreation Passes at

At vehicle-fee sites, Senior Pass holders and passengers in non-commercial vehicles can enter for free. At sites that charge per person, the Senior Pass allows up to three other people in the pass holder’s vehicle to enter the site for free.

Question:  How much does a Senior pass for a Federal Park Cost?

Answer:  A Senior Pass that grants access to all U.S. national parks and federal recreational lands costs $10 if it is purchased at a federal recreational site. An additional processing fee of $10 is added if the pass is purchased by mail order.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents of age 62 or older are eligible for a senior pass. The pass provides access to over 2,000 sites. Pass holders are eligible for discounts on other amenities, including guided tours and campsite fees. The pass comes in the form of a hang tag, which can be displayed on the dashboard or rear-view mirror of a closed vehicle or as a decal for use in open-top vehicles

Question:  How do you get a senior discount pass for state parks?

Answer:  Policies on senior discounts for state parks vary by state, but in most states, a discount pass is available to those age 62 or older. Usually these passes can be purchased by mail or through the state’s Parks and Recreation website.

In California, seniors can get discounts at state parks simply by showing their valid photo ID. The “Golden Bear Pass” is available to seniors receiving SSI or CalWorks aid. This pass costs only five dollars for each calendar year and allows the bearer and their spouse entry to most state parks without having to pay a vehicle usage fee.

Vermont’s “Green Mountain Passport” is available to seniors who are Vermont residents for only two dollars. This pass provides free day use for life to seniors aged 62 or older and to honorably discharged military veterans.

Seniors aged 65 or older in Missouri only need to show their valid photo ID at campsites to get a discount of two dollars per night.

The USGS offers a senior pass that allows access to national parks and forests throughout the nation. These passes cost 20 dollars in total and are good for life. They are available from federal recreation sites and related offices.

Check out this  link for further information: and an application for a pass.

Homework: write down a list of ten adventures that intrigue you.  Contact us with the adventures you’d like to explore in retirement and we’ll publish your results.

P.S.  Send a photo of you on one of your adventures and we’ll post it.

Dixie Shaw

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Dixie and Pam started our blog 09/16/16. Our blog provides information for anyone interested in Positive Aging and planning for a happy and fulfilled life after their career. Information includes, active adult activities, travel, stress management, health, happiness, relationships, where to live, how to explore and Learning New Things.

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