By Braddah Lance
If you've evah seen dat show there are some pretty scary moments "tourists" encounter.
But have you noticed da rash of tourists getting seriously hurt or even dying on our aina recently?
Wassup Wit Dat!
I swear there's a drowning every weekend or someone needing a rescue from a hike or some even unfortunately getting mugged or robbed.
But compared to da number of malahini dat visit our aina every single day, da percentage of mishaps is manini - not to say dat it shouldn't mattah, but everyone knows it's always a roll of da dice wen you travel and we try to minimize, if not eliminate, da potential mishap. Still, to die while on vacation is just pupule!
From jet ski accidents, drownings on calm beaches, missing kayaker's, lost hikers and campers being jacked on isolated stretches of beach - as tragic as they are, these numbers don't seem to phase anyone as sadly it's just "numbers" and it nevah happen to them.
But anytime a tourist gets hurt on certain excursions, most if not all, mutter one of two things:
Stupid tourist or frickin' local.
Now, da adjectives you use may not be as PG-rated as above but to each their own. Is there really someone to blame though? Besides da drugged out criminal element forcing da action, wen they get hurt, if they were on an excursion, doesn't the "risk" fall upon the person who CHOOSES to participate in said excursion?
Of course, if the activity bears some kine of risk, the owners/operators of the activity would/should state so but have we lost all common sense and now da fall back is ALWAYS a lawsuit? Obviously if da owners/operators are even da slightest negligible with either faulty instructions or equipment, I say go aftah 'em but if it's YOUR own actions dat caused da mishap then why gotta find someone else to blame?
If you go on an established hike, can't you still see there's a risk involved? There are falling rocks to a slip and fall but wat if you go off da path or into a restricted/closed area? How about those who've nevah surfed before jump into a rising surf swell? Or da fact dat you've nevah jet ski'd before but going ack tantaran going 45mph?
I for one am into "adventure" vacations but also understand dat there are certain risks associated with 'em. I also put a lot of trust into the operators as well but use my fair share of judegment as well by checking out da facility, da equipment and just making surah dat it's not "cheapy" or run down. I tink dat's da duty of da risk taker.
A few years ago Da Wife and I took my parents zip lining on Kauai (CLICK HEA to see da "adventure") and while it's been deemed a safe excursion, it was still a leap of faith you had to take to do it. I've done indoor rock climbing on more than a few occasions, go kart racing and yes, TONS of roller coasters as well just to name a few and each time I've put my trust into da excursion.