Government Shutdown 2013: Campground visitors evicted from parks
GREENBELT, Md. (WJLA) - Retirees from Minnesota, George and Carmen Reid, got their campground eviction notice on Tuesday morning.
"The park ranger came by a couple times and let us know that by tomorrow night, we need to move on," said Carmen.
Because of the government shutdown, the couple had to start getting their camper ready to leave Greenbelt National Park.
"Now we don't know what we're going to do," said Carmen.
The scene, in addition to the cold greeting visitors are receiving, is the same at national parks across the region. At Great Falls in Virginia, the closed sign turns visitors away at the front gate. In West Virginia, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is closed to history buffs like Kenneth Jones.
"It's nice to be able to go in the buildings and hear some of the interpretation, and we've been denied that and that's disappointing," said Jones.
Back on the Greenbelt campground, Carol and Brent Morse say they’re also unhappy about being told to leave, but they’re more distressed about the politics behind the shutdown.
"The consumer is getting the door slammed on them and they want us to rise up and take action, but the average person doesn't k now what action to take," said Brent.
"Somebody is not doing their job in Washington," said Carol. "It's really a shame, it's not the American way."