Although today marks Yosemite’s 123rd anniversary, closures caused by the October 1 government shutdown have closed the beloved California park. The National Parks Service website was closed as of Tuesday, too. Happy birthday, Yosemite staff!
But there’s one place where Yosemite is still getting millions of visitors: On the “doodle” atop Google’s homepage today.
Google usually tries to avoid this. They describe their doodles as “the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.” Sometimes they commemorate sad occasions, but they avoid the breaking news of the day. When an astroid doodle was scheduled to be posted the same day a meteorite struck Russia, Google removed the art.
The reason why is clear: When you click on today’s adorable doodle you’re brought directly to stories about out of work park rangers. We hope you’re back soon, Yosemite.
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