She was a free-spirited Harry Potter fan who dyed her hair pink and ominously warned people on social media about the dangers of falling from cliffs and tall buildings while trying to take spectacular photos.
He was a software engineer at Cisco Systems, and photographer who accompanied her on adventures all over the world, filling social media and a travel website they ran with stories from Paris, London, the Grand Canyon and Venice.
Yosemite National Park officials on Monday said the young married couple — Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29 — both born in India, but living and working in the Bay Area, were the two who died last week in a fall from Taft Point, a scenic overlook located 3,500 feet above Yosemite Valley.
The couple maintained a website called “Holidays and Happily Ever Afters” about their travel adventures, and described themselves as a “dream doer duo.”
Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park, said investigators still do not know how they plunged to their deaths last Wednesday from the iconic overlook high above Yosemite Valley. She said the investigation is expected to take several weeks.
“We still don’t have any clear idea exactly what happened,” Richards said. “We are still trying to piece it together.”
Moorthy wrote in the past year on the couple’s Instagram account about the dangers of people trying to take scenic photos from high places for their social media accounts.
With a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, she wrote in March:
“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?? Is our life just worth one photo?”