Darwin Award winner or martyr to freedom? Take your pick
No sooner had I posted the previous item, about Natalee Holloway’s high school graduation trip, a four-day, morning-to-night drinking binge in the Caribbean island of Aruba which ended with her going off with three young men and never being seen again, than I opened today’s New York Post and saw this:
Sandaled hiker in death fallIf you’re young and female in America, you can do anything. You can go hiking in the Catskills in open sandals. You can leave the marked trail and go through dense woods, wearing open sandals. You can go right up to a hundred foot drop, wearing open sandals. Because it’s your world and you can do whatever you please.
And no one would even dream of telling you otherwise.
A reader writes:
This happened in my neck of the woods. I know the road and area from which she fell very well. It is true that the road (which I have driven many times) is very scary, steep, narrow and twisting with no guard rails. Like the article says, it is closed to traffic from November until mid-April. It has stunning views. At the top of the road is the mountains and ski communities of several small towns known as the “High peaks” area. At the bottom is the Katerskill falls made famous by the Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole. As to this girl’s death? Sadly this is nothing new up here. Every summer at least three people fall to their deaths. Mostly at the area of Katerskill falls. I had a very close call there myself. Us locals usually just shake our heads because it is almost always because of people (usually tourists) wearing the wrong footwear, going off trail, being drunk or all three combined. Then we have the older set who have heart attacks while hiking demanding trails. All in all it is the stupid feeling of invincibility in all these victims that brings about their ends. In the case of most teens I can’t really blame them for that feeling. Lord knows I felt invincible at that age. But this girl was local and should have known better then to hike that area in sandals.
Sure, I’ve been there, hiked up to Katerskill Falls. And for the Catskills, it’s an unusually rough area for hiking.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 06, 2010 08:05 PM | Send