Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Waterfall And Weather Paradox

Visiting waterfalls can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling activities you could ever partake in. Unfortunately, they could also be one of the most frustrating.

Ever since the fires of last weekend, I got to thinking about how we need storms to replenish the freshwater systems, but at the same time, bad weather can really put a damper on the waterfalling experience. We're currently hoping we'd at least get some amount of rain so it might motivate a pair of trips to Northern Arizona next Spring.

Plus, we've seen waterfalls that were trickling or were completely dry (e.g. several Australian waterfalls back in 2006 like Sailors Falls, Trentham Falls, and Nigretta Falls among others) as well as those where weather really made for a soggy experience (e.g. our Milford Track experience) or obscured views of the falls itself (e.g. our Catarata de Chinata excursion in Peru). We got lucky with our our Angel Falls experience as the weather cleared up for just long enough for us to see it before going cloudy again.

It's funny how nature is full of paradoxes and waterfalls seem to embody it. But you've got to take the good with the bad. And besides, when a waterfalling experience is spot on, it'll make you appreciate it that much more!

So when should I go visit waterfalls?

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