The natural wonders of the world can inspire great feelings of adventure.
Imagining what the natives to any of them must have thought, to see such grand displays of nature’s plan and force in all of its unchecked furies, gave them insights into how the world worked before they ever developed an obvious understanding.
Even today, we still admire the spectacles of nature, despite knowing far more about their dangers than our ancestors did in the past.
But that doesn’t stop some people from taking things a little too far.
Yellowstone National Park is the home to many natural geysers and geothermal hot springs, warmed up by the underground heat sources to the point of extreme danger.
But all the signs in the park can’t stop some people from getting a little too close.
The sights of nature are beautiful to behold, but there are limits to how close one should ever get to eruptions of burning, steaming flesh-searing water.
10 /10 Hot And Bothered
A woman, who the authorities declined to identify after her accident, was taking a tour of Yellowstone National Park back in 2020.
This was at the height of the coronavirus lockdowns, and even the parks were subject to restrictions. She entered anyway and gave herself a private tour.
While near the Old Faithful geyser, named for its reliable clockwork schedule of eruptions, she backed up to take the perfect selfie and fell into a crevice where hot gasses gathered, resulting in many burns.
9 /10 Hot Pursuit
Park officials managed to rescue her before her injuries became too terrible, but then they let her get away.
Whether it was a routine report gone wrong or if the EMS was arriving too slow, the woman left on her own in the car she arrived in and made it about 50 miles before they finally caught up and stopped her.
Despite her injuries, she seemed intent to file the day away as a failure and head home, but a helicopter was dispatched to treat her while they took her to the hospital in Idaho Falls.