Posted: Oct 9, 2013 9:41 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News -Kalispell
Glacier National Park remains closed as a result of the government shutdown. Meanwhile, businesses and tourist areas are paying the price.
Two private businesses in Apgar village are hoping for a quick end to this story.
Wednesday was an absolutely breathtaking day at Lake McDonald, in Glacier National Park. But the majority of Americans wouldn't know it, because it's day 9 of the government shutdown.
This shutdown is something that sits none-too-well with tourists and business owners alike.
People are still allowed to visit Apgar village, but just to shop two of the privately owned establishments.
A store owner in Apgar village, Monica Jungster says they count on October as regular business. But things have not been so busy lately.
"It's absolutely part of our normal business, it is irritating, and yet the reality is I'm quite powerless at this point," Jungster said.
Just down the road in Apgar, is Eddie's, where Manager Matt Carlin says it also a big letdown for his business, but he hopes blame won't go the wrong way.
"It's definitely a drop in business, but we're more concerned about the guests, you know people that have driven a long way to get here," Carlin said. "And unfortunately this is as far as they can make it into the park. But mainly we want to make sure that people don't take this out on the Rangers, they're just doing their job. They hate this this just as much as anybody, you know they love this park more than anybody."
Out of state visitor Jim Stark and his wife traveled all the way from Berkeley, California, as Glacier was always on his to do list.
"Yeah, it's really disappointing," Stark said. "We had planned this for a couple of months, so this has always been in the back on my mind as someplace I wanted to see in my lifetime."
But instead of a lifetime trip through Glacier, Stark, and every other visitor has to catch glimpses of Glacier, from outside the park.
Every store owner we spoke to on Wednesday, told MTN they desperately hope the government can quickly reach a conclusion, and Glacier can get back to business.