Well, here we are!
My last blog entry was about the great new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And now it will be closed along with the rest of the Park and the rest of the National Park units.
How did we get in such a mess?
The Smokies announced that
nearly the entire Park would be closed beginning Saturday, April 9, all Great Smoky Mountains National Park facilities would be closed, including visitor centers, campgrounds, all picnic areas, trails, concession operations, restrooms, and all roads, with the exception of the Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg and Cherokee.
Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) would remain open to through traffic only. No stopping or parking along the road or at trailheads and overlooks is permitted, and all restroom facilities would be closed, including those at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC, and Newfound Gap.
As if we could balance the budget on the backs of the National Park Service.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is probably the easiest to close. The Parkway already has the gates which they use in case of bad weather. All they have to do is close them.
Think of the money and time that’s been spent on working out this planned shutdown. Whether or not the government shuts down, this is a waste of resources.
And how long will this shutdown last? After all, it’s only nonessential services.