Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Kayaker Pushes The Limits

I came across this little news article about a kayaker one-upping the one who ran a pretty crazy waterfall in Brazil. I'm not much of a kayaker, but if anything, this gives me an excuse to visit the Palouse Falls in Southeastern Washington (time permitting of course)...

You can read the article (by the Seattle Times) here.

All About The Buddhas

We had some trouble getting the internet up and running while in Leshan, Sichuan Province. But once that was resolved, we got to speak with the parents back in the States while getting some translations of what our relatives here in Leshan were trying to say to us in their Sichuanese dialect or accent. If you've ever had trouble trying to understand English from a guy with a heavy Scottish accent, imagine something similar except with Chinese...

Basically, the last couple of days were spent seeing the lovable pandas at a research and breeding center on the outskirts of Chengdu. Then, seeing the UNESCO World Heritage Grand Buddha at Leshan as well as the pleasant Thousand Buddha Cliffs.

We also got to try some real Sichuanese cuisines here (though some might be even more local to Leshan) and experienced for ourselves how hot hot can get - i.e. tongue-numbingly hot.

Tomorrow, we're headed to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong in the north of the Sichuan Province. There, we'll resume our waterfalling and our reverence for Nature in the process...

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Yellow Fruit Tree Surprise

When we set out on our journey to go from Guiyang to the main attraction of the region - the Huangguoshu (Yellow Fruit Tree) Waterfall - we had expected low waterflow especially in light of what we saw at the Detian Waterfall (on the China/Vietnam border further south in the Guangxi Province about 4 hours west of Nanning).

But we were pleasantly surprised in so many ways on that day of touring from an unexpected waterfall in the Longgong (Dragon Palace) Caves to the eye-catching beauty of the Huangguoshu Waterfall itself.

The hits kept coming on the next day as we saw the wide and more peaceful Duopotang Waterfall and then a visit to the charming ancient town of Qingyan near the urban chaos of Guiyang.

Indeed, sometimes you come in with expectations and the opposite happens (both in a disappointing sense as well as the pleasant surprise sense).

We're hoping the momentum continues as we embark on the next leg of the journey into the earthquake-recovering Sichuan Province (my Grandma's home province) tomorrow...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Straight Out Of Guiyang

We're now in the next leg of our marathon China/Japan trip.

We're currently blogging out of Guiyang, China in the Guizhou Province.

Today has been a pretty uneventful day so we've used this time to try to get caught up on errands while using the remaining time to get a feel for the city of Guiyang.

Tomorrow, we're going to perhaps China's most famous waterfall - the Huangguoshu (Yellow fruit tree) Waterfall.

The past couple of days were dedicated to seeing the Detian Waterfall, which we managed to see. It was thoroughly hot, humid, and full of mosquitoes there. But the falls were flowing gracefully albeit a bit below average.

We also saw the Shatun Waterfall on the way to the Detian Waterfall.

Even though the falls had low flows, the shapely gorges and karst mountains surrounding them really made these waterfalls stand out.

Stay tuned for more updates as the trip progresses...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

China Update

We're currently blogging out of Nanning, China. Internet (at least the free kind) has been a little hard to come by on this trip so far. This is the first time the internet had been included with our room fare.

Nearly a week into our marathon trip back to our roots, we've managed to sightsee Hong Kong and Guilin. We managed to see an interactive waterfall (one in which you can actually climb up several of its drops) as well as a truly underground waterfall. Both of these were in the Guilin area.

The purpose of visiting Nanning was to see the Detian Waterfall, which we hope to be seeing tomorrow.

Aside from the sightseeing, it was kind of nice to try to improve on our Chinese - both written and spoken. It was also interesting speaking with some of the locals that we happened to meet along the way. We can really get the sense of history of this place intertwined with the day-to-day happenings.

Indeed, it has been a fun trip so far. We hope the positive momentum continues...

Waterfall of the Week

Let's celebrate this year's Earth Day with a waterfall that managed to still flow (at least when we were there) through some of the most devastating drought conditions Australia has ever faced! It shows Nature's resiliency, but at the same time reminds us of how wrong things can get if we don't treat the earth with more respect.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tragedy At New Zealand Waterfall

I came across this article this morning about a death in New Zealand's Hunua Falls. Quite a tragic end to say the least.

Please do be careful around waterfalls. They're usually in places where there's exposure to cliffs.

While Nature is beautiful, there's always an element of danger and risk, and we need to respect it as such.

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

China and Japan are next

Tomorrow night is when we embark on perhaps our last long trip ever (possibly marking the end of our "extended honeymoon" and turning the page onto the next phase of life).

I know with a trip that's covering as much real estate as we're attempting to do here, we're bound to run into mistimed waterfall excursions (especially in Southern China, unfortunately). I guess that's life. But sometimes, you don't get a second chance at things and the timing isn't entirely up to you.

In any case, whatever happens happens.

We know it's going to be another life changing adventure.

And unpredictability and improvising as you go is part of the whole traveling experience...

We'll try to make blog entries as we go (internet service availability permitting).

Until then, safe travels and wish us luck!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

No Easter Eggs

We've just completed another pleasant little outing (I guess some people might call it a "staycation") in the local mountains on this Easter Sunday. And after a pleasant time out in the bush and spending time with the family before our big China/Japan trip starting this week, I've managed to update the website with our latest experiences, waterfalls info, and findings. Check it out!

Whiskeytown Waterfalls Week

It seems that the waterfalls of Whiskeytown have come a long way from being in relative unknown obscurity. On the week following Earth Day (the April 22 version observed in the US), they will be celebrating Waterfalls Week from April 26 to May 3.

While we won't be there to experience it, Whiskeytown is certainly on our wish list (as are many other Northern Northern California locales), which is why this got my attention.

You can read more about it here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Vicarious South African Waterfalling

I finally had some time to take a break from all the work and actually take a look at what's cooking in the waterfalling community when I chanced upon this blog about waterfalls in South Africa.

In it the blog discusses Augrabies Falls and one I never heard before called Zasm Waterfall somewhere near Kruger National Park. The prime item in the blog was Victoria Falls (even though that's on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border and not in South Africa per se).

Anyways, I'm not sure when we'll have an opportunity to see South Africa since we didn't get to do it on our previous trip to Africa. So I'll just have to do it vicariously through literature like this blog, which you can read here.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Augmented Pacific Northwest Pages

I've been extremely busy these past two weeks with loads of work and trying to keep up with all the waterfalling we had been doing this Spring when the time permits. So it has been probably two weeks since I've actually posted something to this blog besides the waterfall of the week, but the wait (if you're following this blog) was hopefully well worth it.


Because we've revamped the Pacific Northwest pages with waterfalls from the state of Oregon.

And as waterfall lovers, I'm ashamed to say that we're probably a little late to the party, but better late than never, right?

In any case, we've managed to document a plethora of waterfalls from this region while retooling the Top 10 American Waterfalls list, adding a travel story entry, and expanding the other attractions list. And even though we had to scale back our waterfalling efforts due to bad weather, imagine how many more would've been on this page had we been successful (just to give you an idea of how ridiculously many legitimate Oregonian waterfalls there are).

Check it out!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Politician's Falls

April Fools!!!