It seems that September was the month without national parks, first with the flooding and now with this government shutdown nonsense. I think we all can agree that natural disasters suck and that our congress is full of whiny children who apparently need to spend some quality time together in their a get-along shirt. In case you are unfamiliar with the concept:
But let’s move on, lest we become whiny, incompetent butt-munches who deserve the most drastic of parental measures. Or become sour-faced harpies who insist on being disappointed with life. There is still nature out there…..somewhere.
First of all, good news, the parks closest to you are still open! Horsetooth Mountain Park, Lory, and all the local natural areas, are county, state and city run and are open.
That include the above mentioned as well as: Coyote Ridge, Cathy Fromme Prairie, Reservoir Ridge, Devil’s Backbone, Blue Sky, Soderberg Natural Area, Soapstone Prairie, Fossil Creek, Carter Lake, Rimrock, Red Mountain, and Horsetooth reservoir, and places like Crystal wall and The palace as well as Red Feathers lakes are available again since the road up Poudre Canyon has been re-opened.
Bobcat Ridge is closed still due to flood damage to bridges and their event on 10.07.13 has been cancelled.
And in other bad news, yes, it is in fact illegal to enter a national park while the government spends it’s quality time in a get-along shirt (aka somewhere in DC). And campers are being told that they must leave the parks immediately. Roads are being closed and the parks will be inaccessible for the most part until the government is up and running again.
Run and cry to your Bill Withers albums, if you must. I won’t stop you. If we face another weekend of rain and closed parks, I will probably join you. With a handle of gin to boot.