Olympic National Park rangers issued $125 tickets this week to drivers who pulled into a ranger station at the park in Washington state.
At least three cars were ticketed for pulling off the highway to take a picture at the ranger station, the Peninsula Daily News reported. The tickets were for “violation of closure.”
The paper reported that the driveway to the ranger station parking lot was partially blocked by orange cones, but one of the drivers said there was “a really wide opening” in the cones.
The drivers said they were confused by the sign that said the “National Park Service facility is closed.”
“When I think of facilities, I think of buildings or bathrooms or features or something,” Leanne Potts told the paper.
That’s exactly the same sentiment of many members of Congress, who question why the Park Service has shuttered or barricaded parks and monuments that are normally unguarded and left open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is slated to testify later Wednesday morning to Congress about how his agency has handled the government shutdown.