Posted at 12:00 PM on July 5, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Over the long weekend, I noticed a lot of Twitter traffic from folks who decided not to let the government shutdown crimp their style.
There were a few snide remarks about using rest stop bathrooms even though they were closed, some chatter about camping at the Capitol and lots of talk about using the state parks regardless of the shutdown.
Take Bryan Hansel, a paddling instructor and photographer, who tweeted this yesterday:
Enjoying the breeze on top of Lookout Mnt in MN's Cascade R. State Park. Tak'n back the park's from the #mnshutdown.
Like Hansel, it appears that tourists weren't deterred by all those "closed" signs.
Northland's News Center has a story about Gooseberry State Park in Castle Danger, Minn.
Little known: During Pawlenty's years, some of his cut backs were to reduce the hours of state park rangers and managers, meaning that for about 6 months/year, some of the smaller parks had no one working there. We did a state park tour one fall and were told this by a ranger who was on duty in another park.
Plus, under Pawlenty, some of the facilities such as the interpretive centers, were closed even during the height of the tourist season.
So, yes, enjoy the parks even if nothing is open.