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Every National Park in America is closed
because of the government shutdown and a group of guys right here in the
Tri-State are adjusting their plans.
Chris Pickens and Ian Stover purchased new
camping gear and have been planning for weeks now in preparation to check out
beautiful Olympic Park.
"For us to get that planning out of the
way is sort of a big deal, we're people that make snap decisions," said Pickens.
But when midnight struck early Tuesday
morning, Pickens says, it was time to modify their itinerary.
"It was one of those things where you
sit down and you're like this really changes the landscape of the entire reason
I wanted to do this," explained Pickens.
The guys still wanted to make the trip
happen, so they went online to read about any park rules affected by the
government shutdown. But when they went on the parks website, it too was out of
"It doesn't really tell you anything
about what the limitations are other than you're not allowed in. So, yeah, it's
been really difficult to figure out what we're going to do now," said Stover.
Only essential law enforcement, maintenance
and fire personnel remain working at the park during the shutdown. Stover says
there are more than 900,000 acres of land at Olympic Park, so he and the guys
initially thought they could find a way to check it out.
"Maybe we could just hang out in the
park, see what happens but then you have to remember that you're trespassing on
federal lands so it's a felony and I don't want to go to jail for a camping
trip," said Stover.
Pickens and Stover are still packing their
bags and heading out west, only now they're brain-storming more creative plans
including state parks, and even a stop a bit farther north.
"Canada? It's three hours away, bring
your passport, they've got plenty of natural places we can go to," said Pickens.
The shutdown isn't affecting flights out of
CVG. It's just some of the plans once you get to your final destination.
we approach day three of the government shutdown, all 401 national parks will