Google Doodle Celebrates Closed Yosemite NP

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October 1, 2013 by   Leave a Comment

The Internet search engine Google has a tendency to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries of iconic individuals and places by altering its “Doodle,” the colorful image that greets visitors to the site’s home page, to reflect the event — but it’s doubtful if any doodle has encountered a more unfortunate chain of events than the one displayed today (Oct. 1).

As reported by the New York Daily News, the Google doodle is celebrating the 123rd birthday of Yosemite National Park — but the tribute comes the very day visitors to the California nature reserve will be turned away due to the government shutdown.

Though its website boasts that Yosemite is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Department of Interior alerted visitors that as of midnight Tuesday (Sept. 30), all 401 parks run by the U.S. National Park Service would be closed due to the Congressional showdown in Washington.

Park police will continue to secure the facilities, but visitor centers will be closed, campers will be escorted out and education programs cancelled.

Established in 1890, Yosemite spans more than 747,000 acres in eastern California and is known as a spectacular nature reserve with giant sequoia forests, waterfalls and granite cliffs.

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