As if this whole government shutdown wasn’t ridiculous enough, a press release landed in my inbox yesterday illustrating just how strange the current situation is. The release was from the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau reminding people that 132 private vacation rentals inside Yosemite National Park are still open. (And according to its website you can still travel through the park to get somewhere else.)
But it was this sentence that stood out:
Due to the park’s closure, visitors traveling through Yosemite National Park during the government shutdown have no access to restaurants, public restrooms or shopping, nor are they permitted to stop their vehicle to stretch their legs, give their pet a potty break or to take a picture of the spectacular Yosemite Park views.
Anyone wonder if they’re going to actually enforce this. Can’t you just picture a ranger putting his hand in front of a camera paparazzi style? “No, El Capitan is not available for pictures right now.” And Yosemite is a big place. Is Fido just going to have to hold it?
It all might old news by this afternoon if Congress comes to an agreement, but C’mon Congress, Fido needs to pee!