Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tier 4 Latin America and Caribbean Waterfalls Pages Updated

Like I did a few days ago with Norway, I've finished integrating Google Maps to the Tier 4 waterfalls pages for the regions of the Caribbean and Latin America.

Still more to come later this week. Stay tuned...

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tier 4 Norway Waterfalls Have GoogleMaps

The Norway section is now completely integrated with GoogleMaps. So not only do the regional maps show where the waterfalls are concentrated, but now each individual waterfall page has its own Google Map so you can pinpoint their locations.

More Google Maps to come for the remaining individual waterfall pages for other parts of the world!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Niagara Falls - More Than Just A Pretty Waterfall!

After reading up on some very interesting books and websites about Niagara Falls and its role in American History, I wrote up an article trying to put everything in perspective.

The end result of this effort was a greater sense of appreciation for a humble waterfall that somehow managed to change the course of our lives as well as the history of our world.

So for those who wonder what value waterfalls have to us as a whole (besides what has been said in one of our Waterfalls 101 articles and another in which we waxed poetic about them), read this article and see how even history can tell us that waterfalls are more than just pretty attractions.

America's Best Idea and Costa Rica Waterfalls

Tonight is the airing of the much anticipated PBS series "National Parks: America's Best Idea." But rather than being another travel exposition about the majestic and historically important reserves in our Nation, this documentary has been said to focus more on the human connection with the parks from the history of the National Park System to its influence that is still being felt around the world today.

As a matter of fact, I get the sense that this show has the potential of being one of the more influential educational shows in recent memory. At a time when the sour economy is forcing Americans to go back to basics (i.e. family, Nature, quality time, etc.), I can envision parents and kids watching this show together and instilling that sense of purpose and importance about our National Parks where we have something that everyone can share and pass on to future generations. I'm certainly going to check it out throughout this week. I'm sure I'll never tire of seeing Yosemite Falls or the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, which are sure to be in there.

On a different note, I noticed a blog that listed 12 waterfalls in Costa Rica. This country is definitely on our to-do list (gee, seems like this is a never-ending list). So while we try to figure out how to make this happen, the armchair traveling will have to do...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Google Maps Almost Completely Integrated Into WoW

At this point, the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Waterfall Region Pages throughout the World of Waterfalls now have Google Maps integrated into them. I'm almost at the point where I'm pretty happy with the way the overall website is shaping up (though I'm sure something will come up that will make me rethink this).

Thus, you can see where the waterfalls are for the Tier 2 regions I've most recently updated such as Norway, South Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Plus, don't forget about the regions that were already done such as Iceland, Australia, plus the USA regions like California, Pacific Northwest, American Southwest, Eastern US, as well as Yosemite and Yellowstone.

Plus, the subregions within the Tier 3 pages corresponding to the Tier 2 pages above have maps as well. This includes China, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Guyana, St Lucia, Venezuela, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Tahiti, Fiji, etc.

Slowly but surely, each individual waterfall page (Tier 4) will have their own maps to make it easier for you to locate them and perhaps help you plan your trip.

In the mean time, check out WoW!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Iceland Tier 2 and Tier 3 Pages Updated

Since I'm currently in the mindset to try to incorporate some visual geography into the website through Google Maps, I've managed to get the tier 2 and tier 3 pages of Iceland updated. These pages now have regional maps of the waterfalls in their respective regions (or in the case of the tier 2 page, the whole country!).

The maps for individual waterfalls pages will come later. Stay tuned!

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Australia Pages Updated With GoogleMaps

This took several days, but I finally managed to update the Australia pages on the World of Waterfalls with GoogleMaps.

Now, you should be able to see where each waterfall is in the country, while the tier 2 and tier 3 pages have larger regional maps to help you get a feel for where the waterfalls are concentrated.

Next up on my GoogleMaps to-do list are Iceland and Norway. But since there's another couple hundred waterfalls for those self-driving destinations, it's probably going to be several more days before you'll see another announcement from me regarding their completion. Still, for fans of this site, hopefully it's something to look forward to.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Second Drowning At Litchfield Waterfall

Litchfield National Park in Australia's Northern Territory has just claimed a second victim in one of their many waterfalls. This time, it was a Taiwanese man who was submerged under Wangi Falls (read report). A month earlier, another man drowned under Berry Springs.

This year, more than others I can remember, has had more than their share of swimming hole drownings. Please respect the dangers of Nature as you're trying to enjoy yourself. As you can see, Nature can be a pretty unforgiving place even if you're going about innocent pursuits like having a good time around waterfalls.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Which Waterfall Do You Think is the Best in the World?

It wasn't easy for us to decide which waterfall was the best in the world.

Which waterfall do you think is the best in the world?

Read more to find out what we picked.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Changes To WoW

Our host has finally put in some useful features that allows us to unclutter the Navigation Bars (NavBars) on the left-hand-side of the World of Waterfalls website.

Now, I hope certain topics or regions are easier to find as you browse through the site. There will also be a few more re-organizational changes (no, I'm not talking about a re-org in the corporate sense) in response to this recent update time permitting.

Have a look at the new-look website and let us know what you think!

(PS: If you checked the website and didn't see anything different, check back after 30 minutes. It takes time for the host to get the NavBar updated. Otherwise, do a re-load since the old version might still be in your cache)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Google Maps and Other Things

Over the long weekend, I had been working on getting Google Maps into as many of our waterfall pages as possible. This is a real tall order since we've got over a thousand of these pages to deal with. So instead, we've completed adding in maps to all of the waterfalls we've been to in the USA. I figured people self-driving here would want to know where the falls are located.

I'll try to get GoogleMaps put into the remaining pages (self-driving destinations first) as time becomes available...

On a different note, we've added a page on travel logistics in the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

How about this waterfall for a calendar date where the 9's rule!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Travel in Japan

In our trip to Japan about three months ago, we learned quite a few things about taking their public transportation system. Sure we struggled with the Japanese language and script, but somehow we managed to get by. Yet in the end, we saved quite a bit of money and we were able to see both the urban and rural attractions (namely the temples and waterfalls, respectively). So we ended up with a pretty memorable trip that was uniquely ours, and all of this was made possible because of Japan's public transportation system that's second to none!

So we decided to write up a web page pulling from our experiences and lessons learned, and here's what we came up with.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thrill-Seeker With Spinal Injuries At Waterfall

(photo courtesy of The Territorian)
We just got this bit of news about a guy who managed to injure his spinal cord after doing a waterfall jump at Sandy Creek Falls in Litchfield National Park, which itself sits in the Northern Territory of Australia.

In our trip to that region back in the Summer of 2006, I recalled not being able to make it to the falls because the 4wd road was closed. Although we were disappointed at the time, perhaps it was a good thing since saltwater crocs were marauding the area thanks to Cyclone Monica passing through a few weeks prior to our arrival.

Anyways, while I've known and witnessed many people who do waterfall jumps, it's not something I recommend doing. We haven't done it ourselves as we're pretty content to just photograph waterfalls and be around them.

But for those who can't resist the temptation of a thrill or to impress people, check out this article.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

South Africa Waterfalls

Our first trip to Africa didn't include South Africa due to time and budget constraints. However, that never stopped me from imagining and plotting out a future waterfalling trip there.

Check out this page, which highlights four of the waterfalls I had already planned to see on a future trip there. You'll see that the country has more than the 2010 Word Cup going for it. (photo courtesy of © SA Tourism)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Blues

It seems strange, but this is the first Labor Day weekend in a while where we've opted to stay home. Last year at this time, we made a crazy weekend trip to Guyana to see Kaieteur Falls. The year before that, we made another crazy long weekend trip to Argentina to see Iguazu Falls. Plus, the year before that (two years ago), Julie and her mom started a European trip that encompassed the UK, France, Switzerland, and Italy, and I was planning a little spontaneous trip with my mom to the American Southwest, which we ended up doing two weeks later . So indeed, I can't remember what it's like to just go through a weekend like this and do absolutely nothing.

I guess that's the way it goes sometimes. Perhaps we need this rest. Yet in the back of my mind, I still feel like we should capitalize on the extra day off to go to quick-hitting places like La Gran Sabana in Venezuela or something quick in the Canadian Rockies or something. Oh well, maybe next time...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Waterfall of the Week