As the fall equinox passes and the autumn season begins, the weather has begun to change in many regions throughout the United States. In the northern areas of the nation, fall foliage is becoming slowly more prevalent. But while the natural beauty of the season is enjoyed by many individuals, the meteorological events which have affected the United States over the last several months are anything but pretty. In August, the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii were the deadliest in national history, resulting in widespread devastation. In places like southeast Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, Hurricane Idalia caused massive flooding, power outages, and several fatalities. In California, Hurricane Hilary resulted in mudslides and record single day rainfall totals in the states history. In some cases, the rainfall totals in several townships amounted to more in a single day than in the entirety of the drought-susceptible regions annual totals in the year prior.
While the autumn promises to bring more stable weather to many geographical regions of America, risks are still always carried when engaging in outdoor activities. In one place, the famous Grand Canyon located in Arizona, dangers posed are more heightened than in ordinary public parks and wooded preserves through many ordinary municipalities across the union. In the case of one individual, a traumatic occurrence was endured at the well-known national park when he was abandoned by his companions after being injured while on a backpacking adventure. Five individuals backpacked the northern rim of the park in proximity to Kanab Creek on September 15th. One man, aged 63, fell on the trail and endured a serious shoulder injury. The rest of the party then continued onward.
Officials believed the accident happened around 2 pm. The hiker was not rescued until several hours later, when the sun had set. In an interview, the injured man claimed his friends did not abandon him as reported, and that they had been grossly misrepresented.