Hello Eugene! I'm fairly new to the group myself, but since I'm in Alaska I figure we're almost neighbors! As to your map place showing as red, that is what you see when are viewing the map from your log in page, the rest of us will see you as yellow. It's the same for me, when I'm logged in, I see myself on the map as red but I see you as yellow. To "upgrade" your account, go to your "profile" and scroll down on the left side the the "Upgrade Account" button. This will give you the option of upgrading to a fee based monthly subscription if you like. I do not believe this upgrade is something you have to do. Hope this helps!