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Want to Spend Christmas or New Year’s at the Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge? Too Bad!

This is Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

This is Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

 

The people in charge of the National Park Budget want no joy in Whoville this Christmas and New Year’s. They are mean Grinches who see something beautiful, and since they have no heart, do not want anyone else to enjoy it. While it would seem ideal to be able to go to Hurricane Ridge on Christmas or New Year’s, the powers that be say we can’t go up and enjoy the splendor of the Olympic Mountains.

 

According to National Park Officials, Hurricane Ridge will not be open the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, but the mountaintop overlook will remain open on weekends. While the Ridge will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) those of us who enjoy spending holidays in the snow are out of luck.

 

MORE INFO:  http://peninsuladailynews.com/article/20131218/news/312189985/budget-cutback-hits-olympic-national-park-hurricane-ridge-closed

 

While Hurricane Ridge isn’t open during the week of Christmas or New Years, there are many other options to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park. In fact, we put together a list of 10 of the Best Winter Hikes in the Olympic National Park.

 

10 WINTER HIKES: http://exotichikes.com/10-of-the-top-winter-hikes-olympic-national-park/

 

WHAT ELSE IS OPEN IN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?  http://exotichikes.com/olympic-national-park-winter-services-announced-for-2013-14/

 

 

Finally, if you are like us, and are upset about the loss of access to National Parks, write your congress person today. Follow the link, look up your representative and give them an earful.

 

Contact them today: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

 

 

SAMPLE LETTER:

 

Dear ___________________,

While I appreciate the positive things you have done for my community, I am writing you today to say we need to FULLY FUND OUR NATIONAL PARKS. The National Parks were created for the enjoyment and benefit of ALL people, and closing them down, restricting access or refusing to fund their operating costs is an embarrassment.

 

The entire world looks at our National Parks with envy, hoping to have a chance to see them in person, but with the current budget, they will only be able to see them through a closed gate. Not funding National Parks like the Olympic National Park in Washington State not only hurts the local economy of the region, but it also discourages people to be active and healthy.

 

Please fully fund out National Parks and allow people to enjoy the areas that were set aside for our enjoyment.

 

Signed,

___________________

 

 

 

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