- Posted October 4, 2013 by
West Glacier, Montana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
My birth-day right....
Since I moved to Montana in 2003, I have spent almost every birthday (October 17th) inside the boundaries of Glacier National Park, in the northwest corner of the state/
Each year, I try to pick a different place to visit, and in years past, I have chosen Avalanche Lake, an easy, scenic hike through beautiful western cedars, arriving at a tarn lake with some great fishing.
One year, I decided to sit on the banks of St Mary Lake, overlooking some of the miraculous summits of the east side of the Rocky Mountain front. Another year, I chose to head into the North Fork area, with stops at Kintla and Bowman Lakes, providing some of the most amazing fall foliage one could ever imagine.
Other years, they were places that are near and dear to me, that I will share with only my heart, and those that blessed me with their presence on those special days.
This year it looks like I will not be able to continue my long standing tradition of my birthday visit, not because I am not physically able, but because our government officials can not seem to remove their egos from the fight. Meanwhile, people, tax paying citizens, are being penalized for our elected officials lack of respect, reasoning, and rationale.
I am not really sure how many people have bought annual passes for National Parks, be it an individual pass, or like me, an all parks pass, but whatever the number, I am fairly certain that each of them is upset that it can't be used right now. Nobody is more angry than I, as this year, the decision to close those parks, specifically Glacier National Park, a place I turn to for healing my mind and soul, will be closed.
After trying to eneter Glacier National Park today, only to be turned away by a NPS ranger. I learned that he felt not much different than I, and that he was there, protecting the entrance from taxpaying visitors, with no pay.
Watch the video here...
Meanwhile, our congressmen sit comfortably in their $1000 chairs, playing poker, surfing the internet, and making jabs at parties across the aisle.... still being paid far more than the rangers of our National Parks.
One word, DISGUSTING.
Figure this out by October 17th, so I, and the millions of others like me can get back to the things and places we love.
I encourage each reader to contact the Department of Interior, the overseeing agency of our National Parks, and demand access to our property, and/or a full and prompt refund of the fees we have already paid for our passes.
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