Thursday, July 28, 2011

High Anxiety

So.... we are going on a vacation in about a week. The plan is to fly into Seattle, then split time between North Cascades National Park, Mt Rainier NP, and Olypmic NP. All of which will be CLOSED if the idiots in charge of our government can't get their shit straight by August 2. I am trying not to freak out, but every day that passes without any hope of an agreement sends my nervous system into overdrive. We have a lot of money tied up in a vacation that may need quite a bit of modification on the fly. NOT what I had in mind when I planned it. We had briefly considered returning to Canada to see the remote parts of Jasper, and now I am wishing that is what we decided to do. It would be far less uncertain. Yes, I know the general area we are traveling to is beautiful, and there should be some state parks and other alternatives, but really, we should be able to just look forward to the trip instead of getting that awful sinking feeling every time we think about it. I have enough stress in real life and on the job. I don't need vacation anxiety. I really don't. (And yes, I realize that far worse things will happen if an agreement is not reached than us not getting to do what we want on vacation. Just another reason why this needs to be resolved by level headed compromising! This is not rocket science - raise income AND cut spending. They need to do both. Duh.)


LL said...

How can you close a park? Are they going to move it somewhere else? ;)

Lemme know if you get stuck on an unplanned vacay and I'll hook you up with Mrs. Bunyon. She'll tell you where to go and what to see up there.

fermicat said...

LL - They can lock the darned gates! But I appreciate your offer. Just hope I don't have to take you up on it. Also got a few friends here in Georgia who know that area and a bunch of guide books for hiking in Washington State (not just in the NPs). We're bringing our passports just in case we decide to drive on up to Canada, eh. Gotta keep our options open!

Jeni said...

Ya know, it really boggles my mind when I think about the mess our government has created for the rest of us! Our Reps and Sens. are supposed to be the brightest and best, the most knowledgeable among us and yet, a solution as simple as your words -raise income and cut spending -doesn't ever seem to register with them at all! Maybe you and I look at things too simplistically and therefore, that's why they don't see the forest for the trees.
But as to your vacation, I hope that things work out for the best for you and that if you do have to do a bit of re-arranging and such, it all pans out okay in the end! Think positively throughout the travels and it will all come together for you. At least I hope so.

tiff said...

I'd be freaking out too - you are not alone.