The Mountains Are Calling

The deal reached in Washington last week finally reopened the national parks. It was heartening to see how much coverage their closure garnered during the shutdown — a reminder of what they mean to people.

The Washington Post’s Five Myths series has a new entry about the national parks in the wake of the 16-day-long government closure. Written by Robert Earle Howells, a Southern California-based writer and contributor to “Secrets of the National Parks” and “The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks.”

The closing of America’s national parks was among the most emotionally charged aspects of the 16-day federal government shutdown. As party leaders raced to make a deal to reopen the government and avert a default, House Republicans were accusing the head of the Park Service of trying to make the shutdown “as painful and as visible as possible.” It’s a shame that the parks, usually…

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