It’s uncomfortable having to level criticism at a man who has suffered severe burns. But what other response is there when someone gets drunk, illegally leaves the marked path in a national park and stumbles into the world’s most famous geyser?
Cade Edmond Siemers was walking near the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming late Sunday night when (he would later tell park rangers) he left the boardwalk that park visitors aren’t supposed to leave. He tripped into the heated groundwater near the geyser, according to a National Park Service statement.
The statement said rangers suspected Siemers had been drinking and found a beer can near the scene.
Old Faithful and the surrounding surface water tops 200 degrees. Others have been seriously burned, and in some cases killed, generally after ignoring park rules about staying on the marked boardwalks and paths.
Siemers was in critical condition. Rangers were investigating whether he caused any damage to the area, which could mean federal charges. The moral of the story is: When you’re in national parks, follow the rules.