Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Zero Gravity

...and in other news, a French tourist fell 200 feet at the Grand Canyon the other day. He was, of course, off the trail when he fell.

I am convinced that people believe that the laws of gravity do not apply when they are on vacation.

Some time ago, we read the book Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon, which tells about the 683 recorded deaths at the canyon at the time of the printing. Some of the included deaths are a man pretending to fall and then actually falling to his death. People stepping back just a little further for that perfect picture and people stepping out (and over) in the middle of the night to relieve themselves.

All examples of people who forgot that gravity is a pretty hard and fast rule. More of a law than it is just guidelines.

So, next time you take a group of stupid teens to the cliffs or drive up to the falls with that wild and crazy uncle, be sure to remind them that gravity is still in effect, even for them.

1 comment:

Eileen Short said...

Good reminder. I'd like to ask for your prayers for Austin. He was hiking in the Grand Canyon (on a trail) and got caught in a rock slide. He has plenty of rehabilitation ahead of him. The trauma to his brain being of the most concern.