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Emery Kolb took this photo of the Hydes while at the rim. Photo: Cline Library

Emery Kolb took this photo of the Hydes while at the rim. Photo: Cline Library

The Legend of Glen & Bessie Hyde

Mystery of a newlywed couple that vanished on a boating trip in the Grand Canyon

Glen and Bessie Hyde were young, good-looking and adventurous.

But their desperation for fame cost them their lives. The Hydes vanished while rafting down the Colorado River. Their bodies were never found. The trip, ostensibly a honeymoon getaway, was really a scheme to bring them wealth and acclaim.?Idaho farmer Glen Hyde and his bohemian wife Bessie almost made it. They travelled 600 miles on the Green and Colorado Rivers in a massive wooden boat called a sweep scow. The boat was found intact, still holding the couple’s food, diary, guidebook, gun, clothing and boots, just 46 miles from the mouth of the Grand Canyon. But one of the biggest-ever Grand Canyon searches failed to turn up any sign of the honeymooners.

The early days of Grand Canyon River running are riddled with disaster;?by 1928 only forty-five people had managed to fully traverse the entire length of the Grand Canyon by boat. This group, comprised solely of men, accomplished their feats using traditional and modified rowboats. In 1928, newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde wanted to make their mark on Grand Canyon history by taking a different kind of boat, the sweep scow, down the river. What ensued in the fall and winter of 1928 became one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in Grand Canyon to this day. The ?Honeymoon Couple,? as they came to be known, mysteriously disappeared on their journey in the canyon, no bodies ever surfaced, and nobody knows what happened.

It was an age of adventure and headline-making firsts. Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean just the year before. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to make the flight in June 1928.

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An Arizona jury found Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis guilty of three of six charges of child abuse stemming from the Aug. 15 and Aug. 28 hikes at Grand Canyon.

An Arizona jury found Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis guilty of three of six charges of child abuse stemming from the Aug. 15 and Aug. 28 hikes at Grand Canyon.

Granddad Gone Bad

Chris Carlson was a guy who felt that he had been Misunderstood

Indiana?s most notorious grandfather?wants you to know he?s sorry. But for what? Hard to say. Chris Carlson has been over it and over it, and he?s still not sure what went wrong that day on the Bright Angel Trail. Help him, he says. When did he cross the line? Tell him. Please, sir? Ma?am? Tell him.? Is he sorry for what he did to his grandsons?? Like he tried to explain to the guys at the Florence Correctional Center in Arizona, all of that was completely blown out of proportion by the prosecution and the media.

But when word got out that Carlson was?that?guy?the one accused of shoving and browbeating and starving his three grandsons on one of the Grand Canyon?s most dangerous trails, in extreme?heat?the inmates weren?t forgiving.?Roll up or we?ll roll you up!?they said, and stepped to him hard. So here he is, in self-imposed solitary confinement, talking to a reporter on a long-distance call from the safety of a prison office.

Is he sorry for taking the hike?

Hmmm. Maybe. But, on second thought, nah, not really. When they got around to tackling the Grand Canyon, Carlson, then 45, and his three oldest grandchildren?then 12, 9, and 8?were practically experts, having spent the summer hiking in nearly half a dozen countries and a good chunk of the western United States. Okay, the boys might have been a little soft when they left Indianapolis at the start of the summer?kind of chubby and out of shape?but by the end they were friggin? rocks, even the 8-year-old.

Is he sorry for the language he used with them?

Now, come on, Carlson insists. He?s not like other grandfathers?don?t pigeonhole him. He sometimes tries to be the boys? buddy. And buddies, when they?re working out, when they?re pushing each other, they curse and call each other bad names. Give each other a hard time, you know? Plus, these kids aren?t angels. They?ve even told their own grandmother to?—- off, he?s heard.

Is he sorry for withholding food and water from his grandsons?

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Leap of Faith

Dumb luck – ALMOST a Darwin Award winner.

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Photo: Rolf Maeder. Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Photo: Rolf Maeder.
Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Lightning Storm in The Grand Canyon

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An Illinois woman who appears to be falling from a Grand Canyon ledge in a viral photo said the picture was a prank on her over-protective mother.

Samantha Busch, 22, of Westmont said she sent the photo to her mother and colleagues at the medical auditing company where they both work as a prank after her mother repeatedly warned her about Grand Canyon safety prior to her trip with her boyfriend, ABC News reported Monday.


The Isolation of Politicians

We are very lucky in New Zealand with our access to politicians. Even with the DPS it is still possible to meet and greet the prime Minister without too much bother. Not so in the US.

Everywhere that Obama goes the airspace is shut down for the time he is in the location and they even shut down and screen access to venues. This costs businesses money.

One of my regular correspondents told me that just the other day he visited Las Vegas and all the tourist helicopter operators running people out to the Grand Canyon had to shut down, even those running out of Boulder City 40 miles away. To top it all off it hosed down with rain and dumped 6 inches into the city when they normally only get about 4 inches per annum.

Now his trips are shutting down businesses in Iowa.

The owner of a famous beer stand at the Iowa State Fair says President Obama’s visit last night cost him as much as $25,000.

The Bud Tent, which has been serving fairgoers for 65 years, had to be shut down to the public during the presidential drop-in; patrons had to be screened and scanned before being allowed entry.

“I was in a position to make a campaign donation against my will,” said third-generation owner Mike Cunningham II to?the?Des Moines Register.

Cunningham, it should be noted, is a Republican.

“I wouldn’t have voted for (Obama) before,” Cunningham said. “I won’t again.”

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stoked the flap with a Tweet today: “How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite.”

Cunningham told the Register the loss was closer to $25,000.

I hope we never get to the situation where this happens in New Zealand. Hell if John Key visited any place takings would probably increase.

Politicians need to be accessible, otherwise they become captured and aloof from the ordinary citizen.