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Old 10-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #15
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Try being furloughed and told to use your vacation till it is gone. It won't matter soon that some of the parks are closed because I won't have vacation to use them.
As a Federal Government employee myself, I feel your pain. In spades! If you're even allowed to use your leave, count your blessings. Many federal employees were told they can't use leave. And they can't go get another job to help pay the bills if the other job was during their regular work day because even if they're not being paid and not going to the office, they're still officially "on the clock."

Thing is, I'm eligible to retire, but I can't just say, "to heck with this" and retire, because the folks that would process my retirement paperwork are furloughed, too!
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #16
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No more than jail is. The Federal Government may be shutting down, but local law enforcement can still arrest you for trespassing on Federal property (as well as vandalism for the lock you cut). Federal agencies that provide recreational areas have always relied on local law enforcement to arrest troublemakers, even when they were open.
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As one of the lucky furloughed federal employees, I'm using the time to polish the Airstream. I was going to wait until Spring, but making lemonade out of lemons, I made good progress today. The way things are looking right now, I might have time to finish.

As far as boondocking on BLM and FS land, there should be no impact. But keep in mind, that at least in Wyoming just about the only BLM personnel that weren't furloughed were the law enforcement folks. So they'll still be out there.
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Ah... Making lemonade too! My daughter (works for the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service) has some extra time on her hands starting today, she doesn't know it yet but I'm going to turn her into my new bucking buddy
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #20
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I will be making some improvements to the Airstream on my time off as well. I have just about gotten all the outside and structural stuff done.

I need to work on the inside some more eventhough I am poor. I am going to paint the bathroom sink I think and I bet it will stink.

I also need to cover the valences in the living area. I must decide on a color though. The wife will be involved in that. All things must pass WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor).

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Count your blessings. You're not truly lucky until you're told that you are exempted and have to work without pay until the shutdown is over.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:08 PM   #22
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My sister and her husband were at Paris Landing, Land Between the Lakes TVA park. They were told this morning to depart by tomorrow (Wednesday). They were on a rally and everyone picked up and moved to a KOA in the area.

Local news did some stories tonight about a corp of engineers lake about 50 miles east of St. Louis in Illinois (Carlyle Lake). Those folks camped there were told to leave by tomorrow. They interview one gal whose husband had set up the trailer and then went back to work. He was planning on coming back over the weekend. She's got no vehicle and can't tow, so he's got to come back tomorrow.

I'm camping at a corp lake (Table Rock), near Branson Mo., in a couple of weeks but fortunately staying at a state park campground which is unaffected by the Federal shutdown. Corp of Engineer campgrounds on the same lake are a different matter though.

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it looks like walmart will be busy!
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Hopefully this will be resolved quickly once everyone is through thumping their chests. It gives things a different perspective when you hear from people who are directly affected - thanks go to everyone who has spoken up. Thanks for that, and for the work you do that makes our lives better.
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Not to get too political, but aren't the national and state parks, museums etc. the only government myrmidons that are actually producing a viable product and bringing in income through admission fees? Let's shut those down first.
Given that many of us Airstreamers are on the $10 for a lifetime Federal Use Passes, I wonder how much income is being generated. I, for one, think it ought to be $10 per year, at least. If I can afford an Airstream, I can afford it.
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My season at Yellowstone ended yesterday. We had planned to play "tourist" on the way out today but everything was coned off. We stopped to do a walk-around by Kepler Cascades and a Ranger shooed us away. Yesterday I was in the same uniform...

Leaving the West Gate, it was really sad. At least a hundred vehicles lined up and a half dozen highly stressed out Rangers explaining over and over again why the gates are closed. Don't envy either group.

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I have reservations at a National Forest Campground in California next week. The campground is managed by a private management company called Parks Management Campgrounds. I just found out through their Facebook page that the campground will remain open (Yay!)since it is privately managed. Good news for me, but I feel for all the other Federal Employees that were furloughed. Hopefully a compromise will be struck soon.
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Given that many of us Airstreamers are on the $10 for a lifetime Federal Use Passes, I wonder how much income is being generated. I, for one, think it ought to be $10 per year, at least. If I can afford an Airstream, I can afford it.
As a point of reference, that $10 stayed in the district where you purchased the pass. Probably put to better use than if it went into that black hole known as DC.
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