At national parks, the confusing reality of the government shutdown’s first day
By Rob Kuznia, Deby Dixon and Diana Crandall
Jan. 20, 2018
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Jay Brown and Michelle Tukel picked a surreal weekend to visit sprawling Joshua Tree National Park. They arrived from Detroit to find the Southern California desert covered with a morning dusting of snow, and it was — briefly — colder than Michigan.
Stranger yet, the popular park was open but eerily devoid of staff.
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