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National Parks reopen
National parks were closed for 16 days, putting employees out of work and messing up vacations people had planned for months.
Now they are back open. Thursday morning, all the lots at Fort Pickens were completely empty. Now they are quickly filling up. Sherry Lowery, her husband, four birds and two dog all hit the road last Friday. The trip to Fort Pickens had been planned for six months. Since it was closed due to the shutdown, they ended up spending their first week camp site hopping 3 times! She said, "Its not simple moving a camper period. But when you have your entire menagirie with you."
They finally pulled in Friday morning. It's the same story for Tom Ferris. His family left Pittsburgh with no clue if they could pull into the lot they reserved. He said, " We made these reservations June 20th. The closure had us on pins and needles. We didn't find out for sure until Yesterday."
The news spread quickly. RV after RV has been pulling in. Bud Mcnichols said, "It's like dying and going to heaven."
While campers are making the most of their vacation, they certainly haven't forgotten and neither have the employees. On Gulf Islands National Seashore lands, stretching from Mississippi to Florida, they estimate during the 16 days they missed out on around 118,000 visitors. On average each visitor spends $27 per day in surrounding communities. That makes the economic loss around 3.2 million dollars. Lowery said it definitely changes the way she looks at the government. She said, " I probably wont vote for a single incumbent."