Married travel bloggers who liked to 'live on the edge' fall to their deaths in Yosemite National Park
Two married bloggers who have spent the last two years of their lives traveling across the world have tragically died after they fell off an overlook at Yosemite National Park on October 24. The couple, whom spokesperson for the National Park Service Jaime Richards identified as 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and his 30-year-old wife Meenakshi Moorthy are said to be from India but were living in the US. The National Park Service said in a statement that the couple fell approximately 800 feet to their deaths below Taft Point.
The NBC Bay Area reported that Taft Point is "an area with very steep terrain" and it is a popular spot for many tourists who try to get the perfect picture.
According to a statement released by the National Park Service, the attraction has an overlook which allows tourists to walk right up to the edge to take pictures, but it does not have a railing.
The bodies of the married couple were recovered by park rangers on October 25 with the use of various "rappelling techniques" as well as a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol. Vishnu and Meenakshi had been excited to share their adventures with social media users and created an Instagram account which had more than 12,000 followers. The couple also ran a blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters.
Their Instagram account is filled with colorful photos from their travels across the world including one that was taken in August 2017 where they stood at the edge of a platform at Cape Royal, Grand Canyon. Vishnu captioned the image: "Living life on the edge".
On the website that the couple runs, Meenakshi said that Vishnu was the one who "introduced me to the travel bug in the first place". She continued: "He took me to the Maldives on our first trip together, which triggered the wanderlust in us to see and experience the unexplored vistas and exciting cultures this amazing world has in store."
Meenakshi then went on to explain that Vishnu was "the ‘eye’ of the blog, capturing all the wow-worthy photos" and she was "'lips', lending voice to them everywhere, so we like to think we complete each other".
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After the couple spent some time in Europe, they moved to the US where they started working remotely in New York City. Vishnu was a software engineer with Cisco. Meenakshi wrote: "We are not in the genre of ‘quit-the-job-travel-full-time’ but would be lying if I say the thought has not crossed our minds ever."
The last post on Instagram that was uploaded by the couple on October 17 shows Meenakshi standing on a dock at the edge of a lake in Vermont with a valley filled with autumn-colored trees in the background. Vishnu and Meenakshi's deaths are still being investigated and it is still not known how they fell to their deaths.