We have heard daily about the government shutdown.
And of course, it is something else to be impacted directly by it or to see it.
It was surprising to come up the Cosumnes River Preserve on an early Monday and see that the gates closed, locked and signs posted to stay out.
As a Bureau of Land Management facility, it has been closed like the other federally operated parks. The parking lot is empty, signs to keep out posted at the entrance and the gates locked.
A friend and I were just riding by on our bikes. We were not nearly as disappointed as the person who drove up with a canoe atop his or her vehicle, planning to go for a ride in the river.