March 30, 2011 – We see why people like Arizona – Rolling Shoe Box
Sedona and the Red Rock Canyon area has to be one of my favorite stops for scenery. As we entered the area we found green trees and beautiful streams against the wonderful red cliffs. I would love to live here, but Uncle Sam, and Sedona are just a bit rich for our blood. The sales Tax on food at Walmart was a killer at 10.5% for one tax, and an additional 3.5% for another tax; $14 tax on this weeks groceries, first time we noticed tax on groceries so far on this trip. Can’t see how the seniors can afford to hang out here. The state parks range $7 to $20 per car, per park to enter, and the feds are charging $5 per park per adult to enter. One can hand a lot of cash over to Uncle Sam in hurry, but if that is not enough, spend the day shopping in Sedona! You will need a sedative when you open your credit card bill. Probably worth it though. One other thing we noted today is that the government would be stupid to shut down the parks during the budget shutdown, there are only 2 million of us adults running around forking out $5 per person per park, how many revenue centers does the federal government have, not many I am sure! The charge $300 per year to dry camp out on federal land, and Arizona charges senior couples $100.00 a year to camp out on state land, with imposed time limits, these campers are paying in excess of $400 a year for no services whatsoever. Our campground membership seems like a bargain, we get electricity, water, and Garbage for that, and most of the time we get sewer hookups. We are too spoiled to camp regularly on public lands!
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