Point Reyes National Seashore closes during government shutdown

  • Katherine Lowe of Rhode Island photographs a barricade at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, closed because of the government shutdown, Thursday Oct. 3, 2013 at Pt. Reyes. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Stephanie Johnson of San Francisco and two friends from high school, who now live out of the area, drove to Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday hoping to take a hike to one of the park's many secluded beaches.

But the group encountered a barricade in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center and two rangers directing traffic.

"Are the beaches this way?" Johnson asked.

"Yes, but the beaches are closed," replied John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation with the National Park Service. "In fact, our whole national seashore is closed."

The ranger handed the group a map of the area's state and regional parks, which remain open. Disappointed, Johnson turned the car around.

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