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Shutdown threatens trip

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To The Editor:

OK, busters, now it’s personal.

Exactly 13 months ago, we planned the trip of a lifetime – hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, staying at The Phantom Ranch, and hiking back up.

We’ve twice tried before and never got through the reservation line. The Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon sells out in three hours on the first day of every single month for the same month the following year. On Nov. 1, 2012, our third time trying, we finally got through and booked our trip and paid just over $900 to hike the canyon on Nov. 7-9, 2013.

And now, the Congress that I helped elect is telling us we might not be able to go? Are you kidding me? Months of training, planning and talking about it, and now it might not happen?

I saw that visitors to the Grand Canyon typically spend $1.2 million every day during the month of October. That’s income the national government is throwing out the door while Congress stands on opposite sides and stares each other down.

Oh, sure, it’s only a vacation, and we may get reimbursed, but that is not the point. What are the odds of us getting through that crazy hotline again?

I’m giving you 30 days to work this thing out.

Linda Yackle

Crystal Lake

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