Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

This week’s challenge is more manageable: ABANDONED!

Hey, Americans, remember last year when there was a budget crisis, and all the employees of the national parks got laid-off for a while? Well, I do. Because we went down to Oregon at that time to enjoy some nature. We were a little afraid that we wouldn’t be able to get in, but no government employees also means … no one stopping you at the gates!

So here’s some pictures from our dune buggy trip up and down the Oregon Dunes National Park, abandoned and generally empty except for the few intrepid dune enthusiasts who decided to jump the gates and hit the beach. I don’t know if it’s always that quiet… there were very long stretches when we saw no one. I’d like to think that was a wonderful positive effect of the government shut-down: a chance to see the emptiness of nature without the pesky campers and barbecuers and sunbathers around.

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