Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pacific Northwest Travel Blogs Updated

Finally, I've uploaded the latest travel blog of our mini-trip to Northern Oregon and Southern Washington last weekend as promised. It was a trip that allowed us to visit some of the falls we missed the first time around like Proxy Falls, Lower Oneonta Falls, Salt Creek Falls, and Watson Falls among others. We also got some good weather so we got to see some famous Pacific Northwest landmarks like Crater Lake and Mt St Helens. But we also missed out on some falls that I really wanted to see. I guess you can say that some of their accesses were overcome by events...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pacific Northwest Pages Updated

The Pacific Northwest pages are updated to include new waterfalls from our 4-day quick trip to Oregon and Southern Washington last weekend. There are ten new waterfalls added to the site (3 in Washington and 7 in Oregon), and you might notice that most of these have been photographed under good weather (unlike our trip 5 months ago).

There's also new attractions added to the Other Attractions page to include Crater Lake and Mt St Helens. Plus, there are other tweaks to the existing web pages.

I haven't gotten around to posting the travel blog related to last weekend's trip yet. But look for it in the next couple of days.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Unplanned Day in the Northwest

Today, we capped off this short 4-day trip to the Pacific Northwest with an unplanned day into southern Washington. We ended up seeing Falls Creek Falls, Big Creek Falls, a disappointing Curly Creek Falls, and views of Mt St Helens from the Windy Ridge (didn't have time to make it to the western entrance to see the Lava Dome Observatory).

All in all, it was a mostly successful trip, and the weather today was as perfect as Pacific Northwest weather could be. But there were some things I really wished we could've witnessed like Diamond Creek Falls and Toketee Falls (both of which were closed due to snow damage from recent Winter storms). Plus, Curly Creek Falls (at least the part that's supposed to go through a pair of natural bridges) was bone dry!

Oh well, at least we did get to revisit Multnomah Falls (bringing up discussions about Julie's favorite topic these days because the movie Twilightwas filmed there) as well as an adventure to see Lower Oneonta Falls. Crater Lake National Park was also a highlight as well as Salt Creek Falls and Watson Falls to a lesser extent.

These mixed results merely means that we'll have to come back here some time later. Only time will tell what's coming next...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Seesawing Weather

Today, we've returned to Portland (all the way in northern Oregon) after starting the day near Diamond Lake about a half-hour north of Crater Lake (way down in southern Oregon). The day started off bitterly cold (around 44 degrees F) before it gradually started warming up as we visited Watson Falls. However, Toketee Falls was closed due to trail damage, and this was a real bummer as I really looked forward to seeing how it would've compared to Svartifoss in Iceland.

When we got to Roseburg and headed north on the I-5, it was actually overcast and drizzling! Compared to the last couple of days where we were experiencing above 90 degrees F (even 100 degrees F in Eugene on Wednesday), today never got above 72 degrees F. It was cloudy most of the day before we visited the Columbia River Gorge again later in the afternoon (finally getting to see the Lower Oneonta Falls, which requires a bit of an adventure). By then, the clouds were retreating westward and we were under some late afternoon sun. I don't know if this means we can visit Southern Washington tomorrow under blue skies or not, but I figured today's weather was more typical of Pacific Northwest weather than what we started with on Wednesday...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Back in Oregon

Well after our cold and wet visit to Oregon on the first go-around this past Spring, we capitalized on some decent deals and decided upon a return trip starting today. But this time, we were seeing some pretty extreme heat (like 100 degrees F in Eugene and mid 90s in McKenzie Bridge). As a matter of fact, the Pacific Northwest had been seeing the kind of hot weather that Southern California normally gets this time of year. But instead, we're seeing a little bit of June gloom in August back at home.

Anyways, despite the weird weather, we did manage to see some of the waterfalls we missed on that first trip. So far, we managed to check out a few waterfalls from the Three Sisters Wilderness in Proxy Falls, Sahalie Falls, and Koosah Falls.

Tomorrow, we're headed to Crater Lake (finally). We anticipate a few more waterfall sightings as well...

Waterfall of the Week

Saturday, August 15, 2009

China's Most Beautiful Waterfalls

I've noticed quite a few blog posts and articles lately talking about the most beautiful waterfalls in China. It's interesting to see other people's take on this subject compared to how they stacked up against our Top 10 Asian Waterfalls List as well as how we experienced many of the waterfalls in China themselves.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation out there as evident on some of these lists showing the wrong waterfall photos (examples you can see here). But here's a pretty decent website that is showing you their Top 8 Most Beautiful China Waterfalls. While I do have a beef with the inclusion of Diaoshuilou Waterfall (because it's regulated and dry most of the year), it's a pretty cool list and I hope to get a chance to return to China to visit those waterfalls on that list that we didn't get to see.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

India Going Thirsty

Well as we seriously contemplate a trip to India, we've been paying much closer attention to the weather in Asia as well as both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It seems we're in an El Nino and the typhoon that lashed the Philippines, Taiwan, and the East Coast of China is reminiscent of how Hurricane Katrina lashed out on the Gulf Coast.

But India's got some serious water issues, and it appears that weather and climate doesn't factor as much as you'd think. Actually, it has more to do with population pressures and usage, which according to this BBC article is unsustainable. This may or may not bode well for our intentions to visit waterfalls in the subcontinent, but we won't know for sure unless we go...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Age Of Decommissioning Dams?

As a waterfall lover, we've never been big fans of dams let alone any other water diversion or water obstruction scheme whether it's for hydroelectricity, irrigation, or whatever. Having established that there are plenty of uses for water as well as big consequences for some of these uses, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a New York Times article suggesting that this may be the era of removing dams.

Now I've heard of plenty of controversial projects in recent memory (like Three Gorges in China, Kahranjukar in Iceland, etc.) so I'm sure we're not quite ready to declare this era just yet. However, plenty of whitewater enthusiasts are sure welcoming the fact that many dams in the US are being taken down allowing many rivers and streams to be restored back to their normal natural selves. You can read the article here and decide for yourself whether this bit of rare positive news is true indeed...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Finger Lakes #1 Lakeside Destination In The World?

When I saw this bit of news, I was a bit in disbelief.

I mean, that would suggest it beat out various places with lakes like Crater Lake (Oregon), all those lakes in Jiuzhaigou (China), Lake Maligne (Canadian Rockies), Yellowstone Lake (Yellowstone, Wyoming), the Fuji 5 Lakes or even Mashu-ko (Japan), even Lake Tahoe or Mammoth Lakes (California). And these are just the places that immediately come to mind. I'm sure there are many out there that I missed.

But then again, I thought about our time over there a couple of Summers ago and perhaps there's some merit to this claim. After all, we felt we saw the best of Western New York and the handful of waterfalls we saw over there didn't hurt either. We can close our eyes and picture the colonial-looking towns, people seeking relief from the heat and humidity, and being pleasantly surprised by gorges that reminded me of the kinds we saw in the American Southwest.

To read more about this honor, click here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Which Waterfalls Did The Iranian-Detained American Hikers Look For?

Recently there has been plenty of press coverage concerning three American hikers who accidentally crossed into Iran while hiking in the Ahmed Awa resort area of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq. When the news reported that the Ahmed Awa area was known for mountains and waterfalls, that certainly piqued my interest (obviously, since we're big waterfall fans ourselves). But photos of this particular waterfall seemed to be quite hard to find amidst the noise of the political implications of this arrest.

While I find this incident to be an unfortunate case where political agendas have prevented intrepid travelers from seeing the world and especially the Nature that's left, I did manage to find someone's photostream that displays what could very well be one of the falls these hikers were looking for, which you can see here.