The Government shutdown continues to be the biggest story in these parts. Our proximity to Washington DC plays a role in that but it is not our most pressing or biggest concern. Although we feel for our cousins to the West of us who are seeing months’ worth of work on important projects wither in the wind, our concerns are local.
I live near the George Washington National Forest a beautiful place, especially this time of year. Camping here (although not my thing) is affordable for young people and families. I like to go there for a quiet picnic and of course to take pictures.
There are a few nice footbridges and some small trails for meanderers like myself and of course more serious trails for the more serious hikers. The weather is cool and the vistas more open with the trees losing their foliage; perfect for hikers. But it’s closed.
A few miles further is the Shenandoah National Park which is key to many local economies this time of year. Over a million people visit the park annually one-fourth of them during the last three weeks of October. At mile post 41.7 is the Entrance/Exit to a little town called Luray.
Luray is a scenic town and host of the popular Luray Caverns; which are opened for business and worth the trip if you are nearby. But Luray is also home to plenty of mom and pop shops; restaurants, gift shops, and art galleries that cater to tourists; the tourists that come to visit The Shenandoah National Park in October when the leaves put on their glorious display.
We are not allowed to see that this year.
I am furious at this misuse of power and the lack of understanding the politicians seem to have for average hardworking families. I think they need to get out of their club and get a real job.
This post is in response to this week’s writing challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/writing-challenge-history/