A trio of men are in some trouble with Mother Nature, as well as Utah park authorities, after the group took it upon themselves to topple a boulder that was resting precariously on a narrow perch. Officials say that the particular rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park drew tourists because of its odd shape, and pointed out that it was over 170 million years old, reports NBC on Oct. 18.
Video of the incident posted to YouTube shows cameraman Dave Hall filming his buddy Glenn Taylor pushing the rock over and gleefully laughing about it afterwards like an assemblage of schoolgirls.
“Wiggle it, just a little bit,” sings Hall as Taylor starts to push the boulder.
After it crashes down, Hall gloats: “We have now modified Goblin Valley; a new Goblin Valley exists with this boulder now on the bottom… Some little kid was about ready walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way. It’s all about saving lives here in Goblin Valley; that’s what we’re all about.”
The men are also supposed to be about honor and integrity, since the three were identified by The Salt Lake Tribune as all being Boy Scout leaders.
Utah authorities are considering criminal charges, Eugene Swalberg, a spokesman for the Utah state parks, told the Deseret News newspaper.
“This is not behavior that is appreciated or should exist in state parks,” Swalberg said. “This has been formed for literally millions of years, and it’s supposed to last for a long time. It doesn’t need individuals doing the work of Mother Nature,” adding that the formation dated back to the Jurassic period.
Hall stuck to his "just-out-to-save-lives" excuse:
“Neither one of us were out there intending to do illegal activity,” Hall told the Deseret News. “It just made sense to us at the time — remove the danger so that we don’t have to hear about somebody dying.”
Taylor added: “If we were defacing property, if we had been going around knocking over all kinds of rocks, I would feel really guilty. As it is, I feel guilty because I have a conscience. But my conscience also says I did the right thing.”
Of course, there are literally thousands of other top-heavy rock formations in Goblin Valley, so the life-saving trio better get busy.
Here’s my one-word summation about these dudes: Idiots.