If you are going to need a passport in the near future do so before April to save $10.
On April 2, 2018 the fee to process your passport will increase from $25 to $35.
From the U.S. Department of State website:
“The Department of State published a Final Rule on January 31, 2018, that increases the passport execution fee. The passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, 2018. This rule increased the fee $10 from the previous $25 fee. Individuals who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase.”
More information can be found here: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/277799.htm
January starts off a new year of Fair Trade Friday packages for me.
I was eagerly awaiting my Fair Trade Friday December box this year and a little worried when the postal service tracking showed it in transit for several days. On Tuesday afternoon my little box arrived.
Yup, this month it was a box.
It has been many years since I have been able to visit at Six Flags park but I keep hearing about the great deal they have on passes over Labor Day weekend. I went looking to see what the deal is all about since I have heard this is a good deal this from three different families.
From their website: “Don’t miss our biggest, best sale of the year! For five days only (Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017) we’re hosting our 4th annual Flash Sale where you can buy 2018 Season Passes for as little as $65.99 or sign up for Memberships for as little as $5.49/mo. Save over 70% off the full Season Pass price of $249.99. We guarantee you will never find a better deal on 2018 Season Passes!”
From the Cedar Point website:
“Summer is almost over, but not if you live in Michigan! It’s Michigan Days at Cedar Point – buy one admission and get one free to America’s Roller Coast now through Labor Day! Plus, for two weekends starting August 25th, rivaling food trucks from Michigan and Ohio will go head-to-head in a legendary battle for the first place in taste. So grab your family and friends and head to Cedar Point to get your last blast of summer with your favorite rides and tons of delicious food!”
“MICHIGAN DAYS BOGO TICKET
Buy one ticket and get one free ONLY for Michigan residents now through Labor Day! Come enjoy all of the rides and attractions at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World plus two weekends of rivaling food trucks from Michigan and Ohio starting August 25th! Buy one get one for $34.50 plus tax and fees.”
Link here to purchase:
We love to hike on our vacations. Usually park entrances are low cost or in the case of the Smoke Mountain National Park there is no entrance fee at all.
I had one hike I wanted to do in the Cades Cove area and that was Abrams Fall. The hike is five miles round trip and will take three to four hours to complete.
There is ample parking at the trail head with primitive bathrooms and a trash container. The road to the trail head is a small gravel road that veers to the right after the Elijah Oliver Cabin. We took some breaks along the river and it took us a little over three hours round trip.
Tags: Abrams Falls, Bear, Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky National Park, Hike, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, Townsend
You know I love my monthly Fair Trade Friday box mailer. This month it was box instead of a package.
Today May 16th is designated as a day of giving. Mercy House Global has teamed up with several organizations who work together to give women a brighter future.
“She Is Priceless” is a campaign to make a difference in the lives of oppressed women.
A pearl is a healed wound. An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl. The women we support have endured unthinkable suffering in their lives and often feel forgotten. We are joining together to remind the world that every woman matters.
You can find out more and donate here: http://sheispriceless.org/?utm_source=Pure%20Charity%20Donors&utm_campaign=1529bfe74a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fbf6cf6ce2-1529bfe74a-164978473
“Because women around the world–including you–are priceless.” – Mercy House Global.
More information here about tomorrows global giving day: http://mercyhouseglobal.org/she-is-priceless-a-global-giving-initiative/
Cedar Point is offering a Coaster Campout benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of America. Your donation of $200 includes park admission for May 13 and 14th for 4 people. That also includes exclusive ride time, evening dinner and breakfast with your campsite.
Saturday, May 13
- 9:00AM – 6:00PM, Check-in at the Cedar Point Resort Admission Gate – Near the Cedar Point Shores Parking Lot (for credentials and tickets)
- 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Come and get it! Dinner served at Lakeside Pavilion
- 10:00 PM, Gear load-in at Resorts admission gate
- 10:30PM – 12:00AM, ERT on Maverick / s’mores at Round Up
Sunday, May 14
- 12:00AM – 7:00AM, Sleepy time
- 7:00AM, Wake up! Gear load-out
- 7:30AM – 9:00 AM, Grab & go breakfast at Coasters Drive-In
- 8:00AM – 9:00AM, ERT on Millennium Force & Valravn
- 9:00AM – 10:00AM, Enjoy Early Entry
How big a tent and how many people can each campsite accommodate? Each campsite can accommodate up to a 12′ x 12′ tent with up to 4 people.