Friday, July 31, 2009

Fatal Attraction

Something we weren't too terribly aware of in our visits to Eaton Canyon Falls was that there's a second waterfall further up the canyon. Unfortunately, it's not easy to get to (which might explain why we never bothered). We figured the main falls was decent enough.

But the Pasadena Star News has just put out an article calling attention to this 2nd falls, and it's certainly worth the read as it has implications of other waterfall attractions that might be more trouble than they're worth...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Big Pine Creek Travel Blog Posted

Well given a little bit of some Mozilla Firefox difficulties with working with my webhost, it took longer than expected to get the travel blog out concerning last weekend's backpack to Big Pine Creek. Nonetheless, it's now posted and you can read for yourself what it was like for someone who got rocked from a relatively "flat" trail (probably due to the nearly half-decade of not having backpacked once).

A Tip About Croatia's Plitvice Falls

I thought since this particular waterfall is high on our list of places to go, there was some pretty good advice by someone who had already been there that I thought I'd post and share with you. This is also a reference for ourselves in the event we do become fortunate enough to visit. Check it out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Big Pine Creek Waterfalls Posted

After a little bit of computer trouble, I finally got around to posting the waterfalls on Big Pine Creek on the website. There are actually many Big Pine Creek Waterfalls, and the waterfall entry on the site tries to show you most of the ones we've encountered. But I also included some lake shots since the main scenery are the Eastern Sierra mountains along with colorful lakes and glaciers.

Two Waterfalls Are World's 7 Natural Wonders Finalists

It looks like there's another 7 Wonders List that's being formulated. Except this time, it's about the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. A pair of major waterfalls feature prominently among the finalists. They are Iguazu Falls and Angel Falls.

You can see the other natural wonders finalists by reading this article from the examiner.com.

It's also worth noting that the Milford Sound in New Zealand is in the other half of the finalists list.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Survived The Backpack

Well after the first full workday after the backpacking trip to the North Fork of Big Pine Creek last weekend, I'm still sore, bruised, and itchy. Sore and bruised from the heavy pack; itchy from the relentless mosquitoes there.

We camped at the unimaginatively named 5th Lake. We saw First through Sixth Lakes, which had gorgeously greenish-blue colors thanks to glacial silt. And each of these lakes were backed by picturesque jagged 14,000ft peaks so signature Eastern Sierras.

I'm working on organizing the photos and composing the material to be put onto the website. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First Backpack In 5 Years!

This weekend, I'm about to embark on an Eastern Sierra backpack trip. Ordinarily, this isn't a real big deal, but considering that I haven't done an overnight backpack in about 5 years (about the time when we started going crazy with international travels), I'm a bit anxious.

Will I blow out a knee from packing too much? Will I forget to put something in the bear cannister and have something pilfered or torn to shreds? Will my equipment malfunction since I haven't used most of them for so long?

Seriously, I don't think I've actually gone deep into the Eastern Sierras since Lundy Canyon near Mono Lake or Horsetail Falls not too far south of Mammoth Lakes.

So I look forward to the change of pace and returning to the way we used to do Nature outings. Stay tuned...

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Packing List

One of the things we've been requested for and have overlooked until now was a packing list. Come to think of it, we ought to keep a page even for our own purposes since we often have to go through the same straining mental exercise of remembering what to bring right before a trip (often times forgetting something when it's too late).

So we've added a "Things to Pack" page on the website. They're mainly equipment that we've brought along on our trips depending on whether it was for a dayhike, overnight backpack, overseas travel, or for our camera gear.

And for now, it's a first cut at it. As we come up with more things to include on the list, we'll do so. There's also a form if you have something to add or have comments about the page.

Check it out!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kayaking Waterfalls

A few months ago, I saw photos and articles about a guy who kayaked over some 127ft waterfall in Brazil. Then, a few weeks later, another guy ran a 198ft waterfall somewhere near Spokane, Washington. Now it seems like there are more and more reports of people running waterfalls with dimensions once thought to be a death wish as people have died at smaller waterfalls.

Apparently, an extreme sport involving waterfalls has emerged and may start entering the mainstream in much the same way you hear about big wave surfers.

This article goes into a little more depth about kayaking waterfalls, and why it's really taking off now.

Waterfalls' Misunderstood Danger

Since we're now well into Summer, we know there'll be plenty of people going right into the water for some cooling off and some fun. Some of these Summer Soakers will also play in or around waterfalls.

Unfortunately, there are some dangers at waterfalls that need to be heeded. The tragic death of a father at one of them in North Carolina serves to remind us why we need to take notice. This article explains why.

So enjoy the waterfalls, protect them, but please be careful around them!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Japan Travel Blogs Posted

As I had promised, I've posted the travel blogs from our 3 weeks in Japan, which followed the China part of the trip. With these stories posted, I believe the Asia pages are pretty much complete (though there may be add-ons in the future from subsequent trips, or from the addition of a "Language" section which I'm considering at the moment).

There are some additional pages for the Asia section like Other Asian Attractions, When to go, How to plan and prepare for a trip here, an augmented book page, and in case you missed it, we've also posted a Top 10 Asian Waterfalls page.

Check them out!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chinese Travel Blogs Posted

It took all week just to get our Chinese travel stories up on the World of Waterfalls website, but it's done now. There's still the travel stories from the Japan part of the trip, but hopefully I can get that done this weekend.

In any case, check out the stories where there's more goodies from our China experiences as well as more photos.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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