Pine City Trail 3D / Park Closed

There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbal of the great human principle.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

As all National Parks are currently closed due to the "government" shutdown, I won't be able to visit Joshua Tree next week as planned (unless a miracle happens and both the House and the Senate can agree to fund National Parks so they can reopen). Really hard to believe they would continue to allow this to happen, during a prime tourist season for almost all National Parks. It's a crazy hardship on towns and businesses who depend on tourist dollars to earn their livings. But apparently, if you're still getting paid for whatever it is you're supposed to be doing in Washington, you don't really worry too much about the people you're supposed to be representing.  The parks belong to the people, but the government can close them if they choose. Oh well.

Enough digression. The explorer and intrepid JTNP 3D chronicler, Murbachi, recently sent me this anaglyph image from a past exploration. You'll need to wear your red/blue 3-D glasses to view it properly. While it does not compare to the images he takes in true 3D, it's fun to look at for a few minutes. And then my head explodes.

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