Friday, October 04, 2013

Outer Banks of North Carolina

Most of the places I have been lately had no internet or phone access or the signal was so weak it was pure torture to wait 10 minutes for a webpage not to load. That is why I haven't been able to post in awhile.

I finally made it to the Outer Banks of North Carolina just in time for the Federal government to have their infamous shut-down due to the inability of the overpaid elected politicians to do their job in a timely manner. Can we fire these folks?

All National Parks were closed which included the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Campers looking to pay $10 a night to camp in the four Federal parks were paying $40 and up per night in private parks. Even the web pages of the National Park service were no longer operating.


On day one helicopters flew over chasing people, cars, campers and RV's off the Federal lands which also included all the beaches. Islands such as Portsmouth, NC were emptied out completely with everyone forced to evacuate by ferry.

We were turned away from lighthouses, monuments, museums, visitor centers and historical markers. Chains were placed across parking lots, garbage cans on Federal lands were removed. Ironically National Park Service employees were patrolling in their government vehicles. One was blocking the access road to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, to make sure we didn't get within a mile of the place. We managed to snap a few pictures hoping our camera would not be confiscated.

To confound matters we noticed when boarding the ferry to go from Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, the color coded Homeland Security Advisory System had been changed to yellow for "Elevated: Significant Risk of Terrorist Attack".

Hard to believe America is supposed to be the most powerful country in the world.

Luckily no terrorist attacks have marred the trip. Angels looking out for us again. Phew!

We had a grand time in spite of the craziness. People were finding ways to visit the beaches in spite of the warning signs. Can you imagine going to prison for visiting the beach?  It's mind boggling.

We went to the beach anyhow. I probably shouldn't admit to this dastardly crime, but we were not alone as others decided to defiantly go soak up the sun rays and frolic in the ocean in spite of those nuts in Washington.

Harley peeks out the rear window as I try to snap a picture of my wheel estate riding the ferry.
Due to the lapse in appropriated funds, all public lands managed by the Interior Department (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.) will be closed. For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

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