Heartbreaking…

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When I heard the story a week or so ago about a couple who had plunged to their deaths from a scenic lookout, Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park, California while taking a selfie, I cringed.  What a horrible way to die.

A few days ago I saw more coverage of the story, this time with a picture, and as soon as I saw bright pink hair, my heart sank.  I knew it was Minaxi.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would know this couple, as well as you can know blogging friends here at WordPress.  Perhaps you knew them, too?

It’s taken me a while to find the words to write this post.  Originally Minaxi’s blog was called Gameplan Happily Ever After and she blogged about being part of a newlywed Indian couple, married in 2014, who absolutely loved to travel.  She wrote about her wedding and her sweet husband, Vishnu, and their life together.  How she didn’t really cook and how she loved shopping and everything that was pink!

I’m not even sure how Minaxi and I met or why we bonded.  Somehow we followed each other’s blogs and I know she hoped to become a full-time travel blogger.  I called her my adopted daughter in one post and you’ll see our conversation in the comments.  I even wrote a post about how I met my hubby because she asked me to and you can see her comments there, too.

She had begun a newer blog that has now been deleted.  But I’ve looked back at Gameplan and you can see all her adorable pictures of their life and travels.

I understand an investigation into what happened is ongoing.  Apparently an unattended tripod was found at Taft Point which seems to confirm the selfie taking theory, but I’ve also read some speculative comments that there was something odd about the situation.  I don’t believe it for a minute.  Minaxi was just so fun and full of life.   I’m certain she and Vishnu simply ventured too close to the edge where there were no guard rails and fell in an awful, tragic accident.

They will be laid to rest in northern California, a young couple whose story ends far too soon.  And as I write this and think of Minaxi and Vishnu and their heartbroken families, my heart is breaking, too.

Photo from Facebook

27 responses

  1. Miriam knew them, too. I was watching the news one night and the ticker tape on the bottom said that two people had fallen 7500 feet to their death. I was struck with gloom when I read that. Then I read Miriam’s post, which put a personal twist on the story and now I read your recollection about your friendship with her. As sad as it was, and as terrifying as their last moments were, it appears that they lived their lives to the fullest and on their terms. May they both rest in peace.

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    1. Yes and I’m glad they were together

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  2. Oh that is so sad! I’m so sorry!

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    1. You know how you feel like you know some people through blogging? Really know them? She was like that. I really was shocked to see the news stories and pictures.

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      1. Yeah I totally understand that feeling. I have that with quite a few people. You become friends with them, form relationships. Lots of love to you as you heal from your loss! Xoxo

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  3. I saw Miriam’s post about this a couple days ago. Such a sad, sad story. 😕

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    1. I saw it today. It really shocked me when I saw the pink hair because I knew it was Minaxi. She was a doll and they were so cute together. Literally making my heart hurt

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      1. She wasn’t one I followed, but what I read on Miriam’s post and now yours, they sounded like a terrific couple. Just so sad. 😔

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      2. She was adorable and I still can hardly believe it. I mean, I know I didn’t know her in person, but I knew her…

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      3. I hear ya’. Such a sad, sad story. 😕

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  4. Oh no. That’s just so sad… I’m so sorry

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    1. Isn’t it? They were so young, only 29 and 30…

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  5. So tragic. It’s heartbreaking to lose this beautiful couple. May they rest in peace.

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    1. I still am so shocked. It is heartbreaking.

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  6. Oh, my, how awful 😦 May they rest in peace. Too young….

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  7. Terrible, heartbreaking story. Sad and tragic. I hope they rest in peace.

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    1. Drew, it just broke my heart when I saw it was them. Only 29 and 30 years old…

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  8. I didn’t know these bloggers but heard the story. Unfortunately it is a familiar one at Yosemite. It’s just too tempting to want to look over a cliff. (Not for me!)

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  9. Oh my! I remember her well! She was a sweetheart! We went back and forth commenting and then we lost track! So sad

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. Such a tragic accident!

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  10. My heart hurts. I pray God bless their work to keep blessing others in their absence.

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  11. Absolutely heartbreaking. The news shocked me to the core. She was such a vibrant fun loving soul and will be so missed but at least they’re together. You wrote a beautiful post of rememberance here Dee. xx

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    1. THanks, Miri. It’s strange how badly I felt about this, guess we connect more than we know through blogging.

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      1. We certainly do. Big hug to you xx

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  12. A great tribute. They obviously enjoyed life to the full.

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  13. 💔 heartbreaking

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