New Delhi: Two people who fell to their deaths from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park in the western U.S. were an Indian couple who studied engineering together.
The couple were citizens of India who were living in the U.S., according to the Bee. They ran a travel blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters, which chronicled their adventures in scenic spots around the world, and ran an Instagram account with the same name that had more than 12,000 followers.
Dr. Nisha Kuruvilla, a professor at the College of Engineering, Chengannur in Alapuzha district in Kerala state, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meekakshi Moorthy were her students and had married at a Hindu temple in Kerala four years ago.
Kuruvilla described them as "very good students" and "fond of traveling."
On the blog, Moorthy, who had pink hair, described herself as "a mermaid-haired wanderess who loves to waltz with words" and Viswanath as "Captain Creative who wows me and everyone with his phantasmagoric photographic skills." The couple, she wrote, had been "diagnosed with a 'curious case of interminable travel bug.'"
In March, Moorthy posted a photo of herself on Instagram, sitting on a cliff at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in a shirt that said "Sunset Chaser." In the caption, she wrote about the dangers of taking dramatic "daredevilry" photos for likes on social media.
"A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???" Moorthy wrote. "Is our life just worth one photo?"
Park rangers recovered their bodies Thursday from about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn't have a railing.
Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said in a statement that park officials were investigating the deaths and that could take several days.