I read the story in the paper this morning, but until I saw Tom’s post I hadn’t planned to write about it. There’s something about it that bothers me.
It’s fine that Tom thought it’s an interesting story. It is. And Tom added a funny retort at the end of his post.
The thing is, I’ve hiked House Mountain a few times, where these hikers got lost. The place isn’t that big!
Yet it took Knox County Sheriff’s deputies and one of their helicopters, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers and a four-wheeled drive vehicle, and members of Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad to track down the couple.
And they were in cell phone contact with the couple.
Admittedly, the article describes one of the hikers as “mentally handicapped.” But what was the woman’s excuse?
Every time I read a story about someone using technology and the full resources of law enforcement to bail them out of some bad decision-making I have to wonder, why do people go out so unprepared?
Maybe it’s just the Boy Scout in me that makes me feel this way. You know, “Be prepared,” and all that. And I’m sure I’d feel differently if someone had been injured or if they were lost for days.
But in this case they hadn’t been lost a couple hours and the weather was only a little bit chilly, no rain.
Am I being hyper-critical? If I am, tell me, because I have a hard time with stories like this.