Since the government is shut down now might be a good time to enjoy the wild places sans-permits, if your ethics allow you to do such a thing. Tired of waiting in line, putting in for a lottery or dodging rangers as you sneak in a permit-only area with out the required papers? Worry no more I guess.
I know I'll get some hate for suggesting this but it makes me want to go check out the Enchantments (in WA) since I'd never submit myself to the regular lottery/permit system this might be the only time I get to see them. Of course its snowing up there now but I do need to test some gear.
So bring the hate but I just kinda wish it had happened a little earlier during better hiking weather but one must make hay while the cats away, or something like that. I'm just trying to make lemonade out of lemons.