Today we head back to the beautiful Instagram page “touronsofyellowstone” to see yet another phenomenal display of stupidity. Not only is this next level idiotic, but these people were risking their life doing this.
On the Yellowstone National Park safety portion of their website, they clearly state:
“Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. Keep your children close and don’t let them run.”
Notice how they addressed children, hoping that grown up adults would be smart enough to not dip their hands into the 174-degree thermal pools.
Over 20 people have died after they entered or accidentally fell into the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. There are signs everywhere that warn visitors not to get off the boardwalks or approach the hot springs, but that didn’t stop these two.
Even a bystander (the one that took the video) tried to warn the two people as they jumped the fence and slowly made their way down to the thermal pool. The caption on the post explains how the situation went down, and why the person videoing started recording:
“Ok, I would have called these people in but couldn’t find a ranger or service, but here’s a guy and I’d presume his daughter at what I thought said Silex Spring in fountain paint pot trail.
I told him that was a bad idea and they shouldn’t get off the board walk. His response was ‘whatever man.’ So I hit record.”
Once they started recording, the “tourons” made their way down to the hot spring. One of them stayed up a ways from the thermal pool so that the other could hold onto their hand as they inched closer and closer to the piping hot water.
Once she finally got the fingers of her right hand into the water, she yelled out:
“It’s hot! It’s so hot!”
Who could have possibly known that? I seriously can’t believe that people would actually try to do this, and I do lose a little bit of faith in humanity after watching this.