Beating your kids in national parks

As always, B2BNL is always on top of the National Park deaths.  If I don’t post it fast enough, one of you is always thoughtful and sends me an email asking why I haven’t posted the latest dead guy.

Today, we have a new twist for bad things in national parks. Apparently, some sick  jerk took his young grandkids to Grand Canyon and then force-marched them without water for 20 miles and beat them when they dropped in 108 degree heat. In court, he said it was for their own good because they were “overweight”. Here’s a newsflash: how about some simple exercise and maybe no Twinkies?  I’m just sayin’ that rather than a brutal 20 mile march up Bright Angel trail, maybe taking the grandkids out for a nice game of touch football and then no fast food might be a better idea.

I don’t have kids (unless you count the dogs and Troy), and I do confess that there have been plenty of times when I wanted to kill someone else’s child in a public place, but the Grand Canyon is not the place to take out of shape fat kids with no water on a hot day hike.  Out of shape people without water die in this park. One out of shape guy without water dropped dead on Bright Angel trail earlier this week.  This is not for sissies:

I stole this picture from Wikipedia because I have no business being on this trail taking pictures in my current condition.

If you want to toughen up someone and get them in shape, get a crosstrainer, put them on it and yell at them.  Don’t take them to a national park and torture them.

8 Responses to Beating your kids in national parks

  1. bschooled says:

    So when I logged in just now, I was greeted with this amazing pic. In fact it’s so amazing that thanks to my currently flu-ridden stomach, I actually got queasy from staring at it!

    Er, just so you know, I meant that as a huge compliment. (Let this be a lesson to everyone: NEVER surf the internet while hopped up on flu meds.)

    ps. FINALLY I’m getting your blog updates!

    • I am sorry you are ill. I am a huge proponent of taking controlled substances when ill with things like the flu. It’s not like you’re going to miss anything, so you might as well be out of your mind on Dilaudid. Ask your physician. I’m sure he’ll understand.

      • bschooled says:


        I can’t believe I left this comment here.

        Not that this photo isn’t beautiful (it’s stunning!), just that I was actually referring to the first pic in your last post. This is exactly why I shouldn’t be on the computer when I’m sick.

        Now, the comment I should have left-

        WHAT THE HELL??? People never cease to amaze me. I don’t care how old school you are, that is child abuse. My heart breaks for those kids. Children put up with enough bullying/teasing at school, to be treated that way by their own grandfather (who is supposed to be the FUN relative!) is unfathomable.

        ps. I don’t even want to KNOW what you were thinking when you read my original comment. It’s like “Liking” someone’s Facebook status after they wrote something about losing their favorite pet.

      • No worries. I knew you were anti-child abuse. Your posts about your airplane heroics clearly demonstrate that.


  2. David says:

    Here’s a replacement for the broken link.

    Among my thoughts after reading is that this guy is a grandfather at 45. Doing the math, he was a father at 17 and the mother of the allegedly abused kids was a mother at sixteen. While I don’t have any formal expertise in the field, there seems to be plenty of consensus that having offspring at such an early age leads to all sorts of poor outcomes. Perhaps some kind of intervention at this stage will prevent the cycle continuing.

    Regarding the Zion trip, that’s not stubbornness, that’s determination! Wish Troy would go diving with you – it would be so much better for your joints. Looking forward to some cool photographs!!

  3. I did the math, too, and concluded we had Appalachian Family Tree syndrome at work here. Since I did not get married until 30, I cannot fathom being a grandfather at 33 as he was when you count back. My Mom was a social worker and she had a saying that I am finding was dead on – “sew up the holes.” Poor kids.

  4. Jerry says:

    I’m especially appalled since I have spent many grueling hours on the Bright Angel Trail. My first time was when I was in my early twenties, and it about killed me then.

  5. I think that until you’ve done a desert hike, reading about it fails to do it adequate justice. The heat, the dehydration, the sheer fatigue of it – escapes you until you are in the hot sun, withering away.

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