Here's how our dickhead National Park Service is handling the government shutdown:
Here's how the U.S. Forest Service is handling it in northern Minnesota(click any pic to enlarge):
The little building there that houses the restrooms was closed, of course, but the rest of this parcel of federal land in Superior National Forest is open to all. No barricades blocking the trailhead or parking lot, no stern looking forest rangers doing their best to make the public miserable for no good reason at all. Judging by the number of people I saw on the trail and the cars going in and out of the parking lot, somewhere around 500 people enjoyed the views while hiking the loop around the top of Mt. Oberg today.
Views like this:
I'll throw a few more pics below the fold.
I realize that many of our National Parks are designed to serve tourists with staff and amenities and don't work well or safely without them. It's only common sense to close those facilities in a government shutdown. Many however, just like the Forest Service's Mt. Oberg loop, work fine without any staff even when the NPS is fully funded. That the NPS went out of its way to close the latter is shameful as hell. I hope they enjoy the well-deserved scorn they will receive from so many for years to come.