An anonymous reader commented:
"Your ranting at the Federal Government is misplaced. They have not
opened the parks. A few States have decided to open the parks and pay
for them (like Utah).
If you're going to rant it is always a good thing to get your facts right."
Dear commenter, I think your facts aren't exactly right either. The States can't DECIDE to open the parks - they must be allowed by the federal govt to open the parks, and it is implicit that the states would have to pay for the operation.
What I don't think is fair is the uneven application of the shutdown if individual states (who may be better off financially) can be authorized to open parks within their borders, while other states are not.
I firmly believe that all parks should be open or that all parks should remain closed, not a piece-meal operation. I also don't believe the states should have any say in the matter of national parks.
I am not going to say anything further about this matter. It will eventually be resolved, although a lot of people will be hurt financially in the meantime. It's only yours or my viewpoint which side is right in this whole mess, and we all have the right to hold our own opinions.
Back to what this blog is mainly focused on, and that is TRAVEL. I'm nowhere near ready to get back out on the road, but I'm already studying maps in anticipation of my next camping trip. I hope to get up north to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest within the next few months, but if the weather gets too cold I may camp somewhere closer to home. I sure do miss Lady, as she was always ready to go camping. I always got her food, bowls, etc. together first, and then my own gear, to assure her that she was included. Oh well, it is much easier in so many ways to be a true solo although I'd rather have company.