Friday, October 30, 2009

Dangerous Waterfall... In Massachusetts?

This little article caught my attention when they mentioned a particular waterfall called Bash Bish Falls in Massachusetts was considered one of the most dangerous tourist attractions in the world.

I thought this was strange considering the falls is only 60ft and it sits in a state not exactly known for waterfalls.

I guess it goes to show you that sometimes you can't underestimate the dangers of Nature.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Are they Crazy? Swimming in Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls

I've seen videos of people swimming in Devil's Pool when there isn't much water at Victoria Falls but in this video, the water flow looks pretty strong.

"The naturally formed Devil's Pool rests right on the edge of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. A rock wall on the edge of the falls slows down the current and prevents brave swimmers from tumbling over the edge. To really drive the point home, let me remind you that Victoria Falls stretches an astounding 5,600 feet in width and spills over a 360-foot-high cliff.

Also, please note: it's only safe to swim in the pool when the water levels are low (September–December)."

Source: Travel & Leisure

You can also check out our own videos of Victoria Falls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Some WoW Rearranging

Back when I started this website over three years ago, we weren't sure how to organize the material we wanted to share with you. What you're seeing on the World of Waterfalls today largely began from the somewhat arbitrary and haphazard decisions made back then. In some cases it seemed to have worked, but in others, we ended up with some orphan regions.

So I spent this week trying to address some of these orphaned regions and the result was some rearranged pages in the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest, and even Europe.

Perhaps the biggest changes were in the Pacific Northwest as we've incorporated waterfalls that were once on the Yellowstone pages into the states of Idaho and Wyoming.

Now I'm sure some of this rearranging will leave some geographical purists scratching their heads asking why Idaho and Wyoming are in the Pacific Northwest. While we recognize this controversy, we're sticking with our partitions to facilitate the organization of this website. Moreover, I'm sure with changes like this, there may be some broken links so if you happen to catch any, please let us know!

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Return to Eaton Canyon

This was supposed to be a big group hike involving co-workers to introduce them to the local nature scene and some of the waterfalls that was sure to pleasantly surprise those who went.

Unfortunately, a big fire that turned out to be Los Angeles County's largest ever occurred just two days prior to the late August Saturday that this excursion was to take place.

Two months later, we made another attempt at this again. But now, a group of about 12 dwindled down to 5.

Nevertheless, the smaller, intimate group setting provided for some nice conversations and I think the overall positive experience from those involved may help in getting the others on board again. In the mean time, here's our brief story about what happened.

Also, the Eaton Canyon Falls page has been updated and expanded as well.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Waterfalls in La Huasteca

Mexico isn't a country where going waterfalling is high on the priority list for tourists. However, I ran across this article which highlights the waterfalls in the La Huasteca area of Mexico.

We haven't been there yet but it's certainly something we're looking into doing time permitting!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yosemite Waterfalls in Autumn?

It seems these days, there aren't a whole lot of reasons for going to Yosemite to see waterfalls in the Autumn unless you're into seeing dry streaks on granite walls where they used to be.

However, the recent storm this week seemed to have revived mammoths like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall (according to this website).

So here's a chance at getting that uncommon shot of a Yosemite Waterfall juxtaposed with fall colors!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, October 5, 2009

One Year Anniversary of Maui's Pi'ilani Highway Reopening

Since the big earthquakes in the northwest of the Big Island of Hawaii back in October 2006, there were many closures as a result. But among the casualties for waterfalling fans were:
Fortunately, it has been a year since the re-opening of Pi'ilani Highway in southeast Maui (read the news article); thus ending a two-year closure. So we're taking this anniversary to remind adventurers considering the drive completely around East Maui that you're in for a very different side of the island if you take on this excursion! We certainly plan to do it on our return!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Africa, South Pacific, and Asia Tier 4 Pages Updated

In the last phase of my effort to incorporate Google Maps into all of the individual waterfall pages on the World of Waterfalls website, I've finally finished integrating this tool into the regions of Asia (including China, Japan, and Thailand), the South Pacific (including Fiji and Tahiti), and Africa (including Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya).

Thus, I'm done with this pretty nontrivial overhaul of the website.

I'm sure there'll be more work to do in terms of another overhaul, but for now, I'll worry about it at a later time as I feel pretty satisfied with the way the website is turning out for the time being.

So check out the website and let us know what you think!