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    Posted October 8, 2013 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Shutdown over: What next?

    How the shutdown is affecting me.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Every year, uniform129 plans an anniversary trip to a national park for he and his wife. It’s the couple’s tenth anniversary on October 25, and this year, there’s a twist: His wife won’t know where they are going until she steps off the plane. He had planned to fly to Denver and take her to Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Peak and Yellowstone National Park. “I am truly nervous, anxious, and completely unsure of what is in store for us if this doesn't get resolved before the trip. I am saddened that these places of historic significance may not be accessible during our trip,” he said. uniform129 is looking for other things to do in the area, but he fears that it just won’t be the same as visiting the national parks.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Every year, for my anniversary, I plan a trip for my wife and I. It is my gift to her, and each year we travel to someplace she has never been. My wife is a 5th grade teacher, and loves the abundance of history that can be found around the United States. Previous trips have included the Historic City of Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and last year Hawaii.


    The twist to this annual travel, which makes it even more special, is that my wife has no idea as to where our destination will be until she arrives at the airport to board the plane.


    For our trip this year, I had planned to fly into Denver and then drive our rental car up to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore and several of the local caves/caverns. After a few days in S.D. I planned to drive to Devils Peak and then westward to Yellowstone National Park.


    With the airline tickets already purchased, rental cars and hotels reserved, this trip was set to go... until October 1st came along, and our ELECTED leaders decided to play terrorist and take the American people hostage.


    With no end in sight, and my trip looming, I am full of worry and stress. Will this shutdown end before my trip? If it doesn't, what will we do once we arrive?


    Then, I have to question, for sites like Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, and Yellowstone why must they be 'closed' anyway... as historical places, do I really need a guide there while I take in the view?


    Finally, I ask myself... if the government is truly shutting down, why are the elected officials in the House, the Senate, and the President himself not furloughed? Why are they still claiming a paycheck, especially since they are unable to perform the duties for which they were elected?

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