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The government shutdown ruined my Upper Peninsula vacation
Mlive.com ^ | October 05, 2013 | John Russell

Posted on 10/05/2013 6:54:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek

Our vacation was planned for months. The time was planned to coincide with the maximum autumn colors, and the best weather possible.


The planning took place, a vehicle was rented, rooms were reserved, and the weather forecasts were all scanned and showed great autumn forecasts.


Congress was the unknown factor.


For hundreds of vacationers to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the shutdown of government facilities was something that did not fit into the advanced planning.


Dotted with state and federal parks and attractions, the Upper Peninsula has peak fall color in early October. It seemed like the perfect time for us to visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Unless they are closed due to a government shutdown.


At the Pictured Rocks, east of nearby Munising, the barricades went up on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Alger County Road H-11, leading to Miner's Castle, a popular overlook at the western end of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, was blocked with three plastic barrels and yellow caution tape.


Numerous times, the tape was ripped off and vehicles continued on to the site. Some drivers were warned and even ticketed for trespassing, according to local residents who did not want their names published due to fear of government reprisals.


One local business that appeared to benefit from the closures was the Pictured Rocks Boat Tours, who suddenly found reservations jumping and full shiploads of visitors. The boats travel east along the 14-mile-long Pictured Rocks, offering great viewing of the unique and ever-changing rock cliffs, waterfalls, and beaches.


We also found the roads closed to the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The visitor's center darkened and locked.


The attractions offered by the State of Michigan, including Kith-iti-kipi spring at Palm Books State Park, numerous Alger County waterfalls, and a drive to Tahquamenon Falls were all crowded, as disgruntled visitors explored ways to fill the gap caused by the unavailable federal parks and lakeshores.


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KEYWORDS: nationalparks; rebelling; shutdown
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I'm pretty sure H-11 is a county road but its nice to see that people across the nation have chosen to rebel enmasse.
1 posted on 10/05/2013 6:54:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
If I had the money to spare, I would take off today and head north to ignore the feds and get some great photos.

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2 posted on 10/05/2013 6:55:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Time for states to take back their land... Ridiculous.


3 posted on 10/05/2013 6:57:30 AM PDT by Frapster (frak)
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To: cripplecreek

I am surprised a legal group hasn’t sued to stop the government from closing parks that people don’t need assistance or service to visit. Like driving the rim of the grand canyon. Close the visitor center, but what authority do they have to close roads to public owned land?


4 posted on 10/05/2013 6:58:58 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: cripplecreek

We used to live and work at the Grand Canyon.

Rangers have ‘barrycaded’ the road to Lee’s Ferry at Marble Canyon where river runners put in for the run through the canyon.

Some groups have waited for over ten years for their turn to do this. Some private groups have invested more than 20 thousand of their own money and have ccome from all over the country.

Now they are met by armed NPS standing behind concrete barricades placed by bull dozer.


5 posted on 10/05/2013 7:00:38 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Frapster

The feds may end up with unintended results due to this whole shut-down mess. They may find we LIKE our freedom to be free.


6 posted on 10/05/2013 7:00:41 AM PDT by madison10
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To: cripplecreek

Since all this is just the boy-king making things as hurtful as he possibly can, I think may have coined a new phrase to describe it...

“Government $hitdown”


7 posted on 10/05/2013 7:00:59 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Yogafist

Thou shalt not poach thy king’s deer.


8 posted on 10/05/2013 7:01:41 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: cripplecreek

It’d be kind of fun to get a ticket for trespass to put in the old Tea Party scrapbook...


9 posted on 10/05/2013 7:03:41 AM PDT by EBH ( Freeman: A person not in slavery or serfdom.)
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To: madison10

Or many more may like the experience of exercising said freedoms.


10 posted on 10/05/2013 7:05:08 AM PDT by EBH ( Freeman: A person not in slavery or serfdom.)
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To: cripplecreek
They shut down the entrance to the Sleeping Bear Dunes park, but the lower dune climb couldn't be effectively barrycaded. People are still entering from that way and ignoring the yellow tape and cones.

What a bunch of twits these park rangers bureaucrats have become.

11 posted on 10/05/2013 7:05:32 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: cripplecreek

Has there ever been anyone truly frightened of Government reprisal during any Republican Admin?? The Left is overplaying it’s hand. I HOPE the mature in the country WAKE UP and FIGHT BACK! This Narcissist-in-Chief is not a King!


12 posted on 10/05/2013 7:06:31 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

Our vacation was planned for months. The time was planned to coincide with the maximum autumn colors, and the best weather possible.

The planning took place, a vehicle was rented, rooms were reserved, and the weather forecasts were all scanned and showed great autumn forecasts.

Congress was the unknown factor.


Congress?

BS

BTW, what is a vacation? Haven’t had one in few years; too busy trying to earn enough for my family in this corrupt nation of ours.


13 posted on 10/05/2013 7:07:05 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (“Life is hard, but it’s harder when you’re stupid.” John Wayne)
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To: cripplecreek

A vacation ruined here and there, oh my!
A Vacation Ruined Here And There, Oh My!!
A VACATION RUINED HERE AND THER, OH MY!!!

While people continue to loose jobs, get their hours cut back and are gobsmacked by their new health insurance premiums... forget about Benghazi, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Eric Holder’s gunrunning, and flat out tearing the Constitution to shreds... A ruined vacation is supposed to tug at our heart strings?


14 posted on 10/05/2013 7:07:07 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Frapster

I have an easy solution. Let’s go to his favorite golf course of choice when he’s there with a bucket of golf balls of the same variety that he uses, follow at a safe distance, and keep lobbing them out there near where his shots land to let him see what it feels like to be annoyed. Harmless but very annoying for a serious golfer...: )


15 posted on 10/05/2013 7:08:51 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: cripplecreek

I wouldn’t be surprised if they shut down the clouds at the Lake of the Clouds.


16 posted on 10/05/2013 7:09:05 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: cripplecreek

Obama bin Laden ruined our vacation too. After 35 years of hard work we planned a 6 week vacation to to loop through National Parks and Monuments starting with Yellowstone, on to Rushmore, and eventually ending in the Smokey Mountians of Tennesse.

We are leaving today and will still do the trip but with changes and have had to cancel reservations all over the place.

Thanks, Obama and Harry Reid for nothing.


17 posted on 10/05/2013 7:11:49 AM PDT by super7man
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To: Beagle8U

The boy-king is a tyrant and using our own national and state police against us, the tax payers. By the way, it’s our tax money that is allowing him to live the life he’s fully enjoying.


18 posted on 10/05/2013 7:12:50 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: equaviator
Wife and I drove from Duluth to Thunder Bay last week, visiting the state parks and lodges along the North Shore. I never cease to be amazed at how well the state of Minnesota takes care of their parks...
19 posted on 10/05/2013 7:12:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: tillacum

It’s SOP for Obama’s ‘government $hitdown’!


20 posted on 10/05/2013 7:14:32 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: cripplecreek
"Congress was the unknown factor."

'Twasn't Congress, my dear friend.

All that had to happen was Obama and his Democrats agree to preventing the exemptions for Congress, Admin officials and aides.

But no, they had to be exempt. Not you, John. Nor any of your friends and relatives. Their exemption was too important. They couldn't remove it.

And that's why your vacation was ruined.

21 posted on 10/05/2013 7:14:53 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t be suckered by the distractions. Obamacare is going to deny lifesaving treatments to your fellow Americans. You shoud be doing something about it, not whining.


22 posted on 10/05/2013 7:18:18 AM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: super7man

Go drive Highway 1 from top to bottom if you can. It’s amazing.

Drive the country, even if you don’t see all the monuments. You’ll see plenty.

Then there’s Banff, CA. That’s amazing.

In Leadville, CO, is a museum about the Tabors and “Don’t give up the Matchless, Baby Doe.” Private. Worth seeing.

The headwaters of the Missouri River is off some little road.

Cripple Creek, CO, may still have some of the old ramshackle cabins from mining days, but I don’t know.

Try a train ride up the Gunnison canyon. You’ll love that, too.

The site of the Little Big Horn is visible outside the park. It really is just fields.

Try the Berea Inn in KY. Private and famous.


23 posted on 10/05/2013 7:19:27 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: cripplecreek

WTF? They want to so bad go to Miners Castle? Ef that place..the are hundreds of roads from Melstrand up that can take you to the lakeshore...like the Adams trail.

The one place you all would need to go is Fayette park..that is the old iron smelting town. The other is big springs-as they say. One hell of a nice drive is the Rapid River Truck trail..from Rapid River up, which comes out by the Au Train Basin. This road has some real good places to take photos if that is your cup. But take it easy on there...lots of log trucks and hunters use it. Screw Pictured rocks. Use the state park system.


24 posted on 10/05/2013 7:19:30 AM PDT by crz
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To: equaviator

I’d be pretty well pissed off about being ticketed for trespassing on public land. (Land that we Americans all own)


25 posted on 10/05/2013 7:20:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

26 posted on 10/05/2013 7:20:34 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: cripplecreek

Come to Wisconsin. Our Governor is keeping our parks open!


27 posted on 10/05/2013 7:20:47 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cripplecreek

This reminds me of when the thug Chicago mayor plowed up an airport runways in the middle of the night.


28 posted on 10/05/2013 7:21:41 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: cripplecreek
Some drivers were warned and even ticketed for trespassing

So they have the staffing and funding to guard the premises and issue tickets but insufficient to operate the facilities? I don't ever want to see funding restored to these chumps.

29 posted on 10/05/2013 7:21:58 AM PDT by RC one
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To: cripplecreek

Oh Creek..and BTW, the Morrisons, I bet are really cashing in on the cruises. I know these people. Lived and worked there at CCIs sawmill for 15 years.
Get yourselves a county atlas of Michigan. They sell them at the Holiday Stations, and have a ball. EFFFF pictured Rocks.


30 posted on 10/05/2013 7:22:13 AM PDT by crz
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To: RC one
So they have the staffing and funding to guard the premises and issue tickets but insufficient to operate the facilities?

They're minimally staffed anyway.
31 posted on 10/05/2013 7:23:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jsanders2001

He’d love it...He would pick the nearest one to the hole and claim it was his...


32 posted on 10/05/2013 7:24:08 AM PDT by Iscool
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I would lay money that Nova Scotia’s leaf season is going to be busy.


33 posted on 10/05/2013 7:25:06 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: madison10

It sure shows people how much LAND our FEDERAL GOVT. OWNS!!


34 posted on 10/05/2013 7:25:23 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lakeshark

So PROUD of the people not afraid to go thru these BARRYCADES!!!


35 posted on 10/05/2013 7:26:11 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: combat_boots

In the Smokies, drive the old roads by the TVA dams. You’re not in the park, but the territory’s the same.

Hwy 129 comes to mind.


36 posted on 10/05/2013 7:26:19 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: CincyRichieRich

Yeah, I noticed that part first thing. This author is in the “Blame the Republicans” camp. I hope he had a miserable time.


37 posted on 10/05/2013 7:27:12 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: cripplecreek

Frankly, my grand daughters are now saddled with an impossible debt from a vindictive and petty tyrant posing as a US President using spoiled brat tactics trying to resurrect the opulent conduct of this government for entitlements. Further, he is trying to provide them with third world healthcare.

I really could not care less what affect this shut down has on fall-leaf change viewing anywhere in this country, myself


38 posted on 10/05/2013 7:29:56 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: cripplecreek

If the park rangers have any character and integrity left, they would defy orders, remove the barricades and let the public use their property. I would like to see Congress pass a law granting them amnesty and reinstatement if they lose their jobs as a consequence. How about it Congress?


39 posted on 10/05/2013 7:30:05 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Ann Archy
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40 posted on 10/05/2013 7:30:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ann Archy
One of the local talk show hosts from Traverse City wants to have a mass disobedience picnic in the park.

If he gets it together, we're going, and we'll post an after action report!

41 posted on 10/05/2013 7:31:29 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: cripplecreek

Mass civil disobedience is a very powerful force, even in countries like Egypt, as the wonderful brave resistance of the people of Cairo against Morsi showed.


42 posted on 10/05/2013 7:35:37 AM PDT by expat2
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To: cripplecreek

Vacation trip insurance is the way to avoid being stuck with the bills when denied the promised tours.


43 posted on 10/05/2013 7:35:44 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cripplecreek

Creek...a whole lot of that land is state. Actually..the whole of the center is state land as well as most of the east end. AND, you all are free to use ALL the timber company road systems..like Plum Creek, GMO etc. Just be AWARE, there are logging activities on these lands. So offer these guys a beer if you run into them. Nearly every dam one are CONSERVATIVE patriots.


44 posted on 10/05/2013 7:37:05 AM PDT by crz
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To: cripplecreek

Seeing how many of the National parks are located near small towns it would be nice to see the residents shun the NPS employees that faithfully carry out their duty to the Won.

A type of Blue Flu should break out among the more patriotic NPS employees if there are any.

A local pushback should be arranged against NPS employees that are willing to screw over the people that pay their wages.

Sorry Mr Ranger I can’t get your propane delivered to your home. You say your car won’t start? We will put you on the list of non essential repairs.
Oh I’m sorry you US Gov. credit card doesn’t seem to work here. And so on.


45 posted on 10/05/2013 7:37:21 AM PDT by fudimo
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To: Gaffer
I really could not care less what affect this shut down has on fall-leaf change viewing anywhere in this country, myself

I myself have a real problem with royal proclamations that decree huge swathes of the country to be off limits.

RoyalProclamation of 1763
46 posted on 10/05/2013 7:38:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Please donate today!!

Let's finish this Thon quickly
so Jim can fully recover without
hosting the fundraiser for two months :)
Thank you!!

47 posted on 10/05/2013 7:39:23 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: cripplecreek

As a small business owner, I have a question...what’s a vacation?


48 posted on 10/05/2013 7:39:23 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Lakeshark

I believe there’s some kind of open carry symposium in Traverse City today.


49 posted on 10/05/2013 7:40:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

There ought to be an Amendment to our Constitution:

No land shall be owned by the federal government; and all such land is now owned by the respective states; and any national park service is hereby ended; and the Congress *SHALL MAKE NO LAW INFRINGING* the rights of the states to administer and maintain such lands and parks, nor shall the Congress infringe the right of access by American citizens to such lands and parks, and, nor shall any federal judge create any law or precedent that so-infringes.


50 posted on 10/05/2013 7:43:16 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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