“Do it for the Snap” is pretty much motto these days. As a society, we go to extreme lengths to capture the perfect Instagram or Snap so we can brag about our adventures on social media. Sometimes we even risk our own safety to fuel our narcissism.
One of our favorite girls in the world, Sara Jean Underwood, is currently on a road trip to some of America’s great National Parks. She’s been posting about the road trip on Instagram, noting that she hit up Grand Teton, Glacier, and Yellowstone, where one particular pic near one of the park’s signature boiling hot springs is drawing ire. Here’s the pic in question:
As one person noted, someone died at Yellowstone just last week doing this exact thing. The temperatures in those hot springs are so high that his remains couldn’t even be recovered because there was nothing left. Via US News:
The grisly death of a tourist who left a boardwalk and fell into a high-temperature, acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park offers a sobering reminder that visitors need to follow park rules, park officials and observers said.
Efforts to recover the body of Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, were suspended on Wednesday after rangers determined there were no remains left in the hot spring.
Scott and his sister had traveled about 225 yards off the boardwalk on Tuesday when he slipped and fell into the hot spring in the Norris Geyser Basin. Officials said the pair had left the boardwalk to get closer to some of the basin’s thermal features.
“This tragic event must remind all of us to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks,” Wenk said.
That’s awful. Are you listening, people? Do what the ranger says and stay on the path for your own safety. Underwood’s fans are calling her out for it, too:
Looks like she’s off the path in this one too. Don’t feed the bears and stay on the trails, people.
Now that this PSA about National Park safety is over, let’s go back to enjoying her road trip:
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We made it to Glacier today! It was a two day drive. As soon as we got to our camp site tonight, we dropped the RV off and drove as fast as we could to Lake McDonald! As you can see it was gorgeous!!!!!!! #lakemcdonald #glaciernationalpark #montana 📸 by @stevebitanga 👙 by @twentysauce