Hawk on a Walk.
I was thinking on my walk this morning what it means that the National Parks are now shut down. The news reports the shutdown is costing a lot of money, increasing at a rate of 12.5 million for every hour the shutdown continues. It seems unfathomable. Ten days in and floating measures to end the government shutdown as of this afternoon, time will tell if it continues.
What is the cost of the Parks being closed?
When reading of the shutdown, one thing really struck a nerve. The government deems the National Parks “unessential”.
I think it is a spiritual cost. No matter what religion one practices or even if one believes in a higher being, the spiritual sense one has in these places is uplifting and one of breathtaking awe.
There is no denying the peace of mind, the reverence of nature, the wonderment of something greater. The beauty overwhelms and fills the soul. We all breathe the same air on this planet and that is humbling. How often do we take these places for granted? Places that shaped ideas about the necessity of wild spaces.
Both things big and small charm the senses, some only for a second or two, worth capturing and keeping. Things pointless to many, but then again not to all. Other things are well-known, magnificent and monumental, literally.
Snail on the Trail.
We are lucky here to be surrounded by State Parks which remain open, but I think in a way wildlife is happy to be without humans for once in their homes. Now all we can do is drive to the entrance and look in.
Bog in the fog.
I am sure to the animals, the shutdown will not last long enough.
Almost all the National Parks websites are currently shut down, but one that was still accessible, says,
“There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured and sacred places protected in America’s over 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you. ” (source)
A little ironic being “nonessential”, no?
At the beginning of the post I asked what the shutdown is costing the Parks:
“An October shutdown is costing the National Park Service an estimated $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping.” (source) and “$76 million per day in communities near national parks.”
But it is so much more, don’t you think? Up next…Water in the Way… another project. About seeds.