Lifetime pass a perk of aging

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There are a lot of trade-offs for becoming "of a certain age." Gravity is no longer our friend and our parts have exceeded their warranty. But this week I came across a pretty sweet offer exclusively reserved for anyone age 62 or over.

The Bureau of Land Management has lifetime Senior Passes for just $10, until Aug. 28, when the cost goes up to $80. The pass covers the entrance fee on all federal lands ... over 2,000 National Park and Wildlife Refuges, day use fees in those parks and even discounted camping fees.

On Tuesday I visited the Bureau of Land Management offices on Schreiber Way off Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Showing my identification (driver’s license) and handing over a $10 bill, in just a few short minutes I was the proud holder of the Lifetime Senior Pass. Saving $70 is always a good thing.

My husband is just a pup at age 60 so being married to an older woman also has perks!

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Leslee Paterson posed this question to friends on Facebook: “Is Mickinnick Trail safe this time of year to travel alone? Or should I take the dog with me? Bear spray? Bell?”

She received some thoughtful answers to her inquiry.

Michelle Fassler: I say go with a friend. A slow-moving friend. You only have to outrun the slowest friend when you see a bear!

Randy Wells: Know what kind of bears you will be around. Look for the bear scat to see what is in the area. Black bear scat has berries and stuff in it and grizzly bear scat has little bells in it.

Sam Taylor: Personally, I bring Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris has a bear rug in his living room. It’s not dead, it’s just afraid to move.

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For those keeping track of such things, there are only four more weekends of summer vacation. I think I'll insert a frowny face here. :(

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Things to Do: Thursday from 5:30 -7 p.m. Village at Orchard Ridge Butterflies and Memories butterfly release at the Jewett House; opening night of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Kroc Center, 7:30 p.m. Show runs through Aug. 27.

Friday is movie night at Syringa Park in Post Falls. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy the park about 7 p.m. The Disney movie "Moana" starts at dusk, free popcorn and pizza!

NIBCA Parade of Homes opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Continues on Aug. 18, 19 and 20.

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Happy birthday today to Anne Anderson, Joni Hay-Smith, Terry Morris, Jack Havens, Keith Cousins, Kyle Patterson and Christian Strailman.

The same tomorrow Jeff Grundon, Caryl Johnston, Sydney Sales, Jeremy Morris, Chelsea Cordova, Bonita Koontz, Tim Symons and John Hammon take another trip around the sun.

Friday birthday girls are Ann Seddon, Phyllis Berry, Erin Valente, Lisa Bell and Edith Uhl.

On Saturday Joe Paisley, Stacey Berger, Jennifer Pitts, Ed Collins, Claudia Hurt, Deena Krobath, Roger Saterfiel, Ronda Nash, Mariah Silva, Julie Hunt, Jennifer James and Nevaeh Witherspoon add a year to their age.

George Gee, Mike Laverdure, Tery Garras, Michelle Coppess, Donna Flom and Bryan DeKeles are putting on their party hats come Sunday.

Annette Nolting, Erin Elliott, Lisa Hutcheson, Peter Faletto, Erin Reasor, Melinda Engel, Marla Lewis, Kevin Flaa, Elaine Damschen, Melinda Frost and Gene Mann will blow out their candles on Monday.

Tracy Christopherson, Wayne Longo, Rick Currie (70!), Mary Richter, Anne Couser and Thomas Sorci mark another year on Aug. 15.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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