Good thing you brought your selfie stick bud. High on Life SundayFundayz photo.
By now you have probably heard about the group of four young Canadian men who walked off the boardwalk at Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Springs. The group later posted photos and a video of the day to their Facebook lifestyle/business page called High On Life SundayFundayz. They were on a 75 day road trip to some of America's most famous outdoor locations and National Parks.
Beyond the very real danger of being boiled alive if you fall through the fragile crust surrounding the hotspring, it is possible to do damage to this ecosystem by walking on it, the danger has been outlined on Yellowstone's Facebook page:
"These colorful mats contain communities of thermophiles, or heat-loving organisms. One such organism discovered in Yellowstone, thermus aquaticus, later became a key component in the development of DNA testing."
Long hair, don't care. High on Life SundayFundayz photo.
"Walking on these mats damages these microscopic communities. The impact of thousands of human feet would alter the visual landscape people come here to enjoy, and the microscopic landscape that offers such potential for scientific research."
The backlash to this occurrence has been swift and merciless. Big-time media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post have picked up the story. The internet has openly shamed the group and called for the their partner businesses, which include Bud Light and Red Bull, to defund them.
What a shot...not. High on Life SundayFundayz photo.
Currently three of the four men involved have been charged with violating the following laws: "traveling by foot in thermal areas within Yellowstone" and "creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition". Arrest warrants have been issued by the U.S. Park Rangers. The potential consequences for breaking these laws include fines of up to $5,000 and up to 30 days in jail.
It now appears that this is not the first time the High On Life SundayFundayz crew has violated National Park rules. Two months ago the group posted photos of them water-skiing behind their RV at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats after a rain event. The area is protected by the 1985 Area of Critical Environmental Concern Act, which states people refrain from driving on the flats when it is wet, as cars can cause permanent damage to the area.
The crew water skiing behind their RV at the Bonneville Salt Flats, an illegal activity. High on Life SundayFundayz photo.
In addition, other photos appear to show them flying drones in Arches National Park and Zion National Parks. A Bureau of Land Management spokesman told Salt Lake City's FOX 13 it was investigating if any crimes were committed on the Salt Flats,
Flying drones in any national park without the correct permits is illegal. Two years ago, a Dutch tourist was fined a thousand dollars and had to pay another $2,200 in restitution after he crashed a drone into Grand Prismatic Springs. This is the same place where the young Canadian filmmakers took their infamous photos.
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