My wife and I spent a few days last October staying on Chincoteague Island with much of our time spent on Assateague. Even with Hurricane Sandy approaching it was a very enjoyable time spent on the two islands with many good wildlife photo opportunities particularly in Chincoteague NWR. As autumn approached this year we decided to again spend a few days enjoying what the Chincoteague area had to offer.
When the government shutdown was announced on Tuesday I knew that it would undoubtedly effect our vacation and a quick search on the web confirmed my fears. After discussing the situation with my wife we decided to go ahead with our plans and try to find an alternative to spending time on the beach or in the refuge.
Upon arriving in Chincoteague we went straight to the causeway and bridge connecting Assateague to Chincoteague.
The sign said it all...
Anyone wishing to enter the federal land supposedly owned by ALL of the people of the United States of America were being met by armed federal officers along with a contingent of Chincoteague Police.
A small group of demonstrators were moving across the causeway as we drove out and spoke briefly with the officers.
The demonstration was peaceful. The armed guards remain at the bridge refusing entrance to all.
This is the story at federally owned lands all across America, we the people are being denied the use of our land by a group of politicians.
As for myself I have written my representative to let him know that I hold him personally responsible.