Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Friday, December 24, 2010

Reader Submitted Waterfalls to be more prominently featured

With the time off, we've made a few more tweaks to the content on the World of Waterfalls.

In particular, we've allocated high-visibility space for each region containing the reader-submitted waterfalls that we haven't been to. To have your submissions featured, the minimum requirement is that you supply a photo of the falls you're writing about so visitors can at least see it looks like.

Moreover, we'll also announce such submissions to fans of our Facebook page so they get to see your contributions.

And while we'll accommodate all submissions meeting this requirement, the well-written submissions will be positioned more prominently (and in multiple places on the site; such as the Featured Stores on the right column) since these provide a great service to visitors of this website.

So far, we have reader submitted waterfall guides/photos in the following regions (tier 2 pages):
Pacific Northwest
Eastern United States
Yellowstone National Park
Latin America
New Zealand

Of course, if you'd like to submit stories, pictures, and guides of waterfalls that we've already visited, you're certainly welcome to do that. In fact, many readers have submitted updated photos of numerous waterfalls in Australia in full flow to improve upon the photos we had presented where we saw them in drought.

Got a waterfall you'd like to write about? Click here!

Happy Holidays!

About a month ago, I commented that Thanksgiving this year felt strange because it was the first time in a while (I believe 4 years) where we actually didn't go anywhere so we could spend time with family.

Well, this year's Christmas is the first time in 6 years where we're spending time at home and having dinner with the family.

We really had to think hard when was the last time we didn't go anywhere during this holiday period.

Last year, we made a return visit to New Zealand and made a quick stop in the Cook Islands.

In 2008-09, we waterfalled in Thailand and made a quick stop tomb raiding in Cambodia.

In 2007-08, we went to Argentina and Chile to waterfall in Patagonia as well as spend a few days checking out Buenos Aires.

In 2006-07, we spent a week in Kaua'i in northwestern Hawai'i.

Finally, in 2005-06, we spent a few days in Fiji. On that trip, we actually missed Christmas on the plane flying out of LAX on Christmas Eve, crossed the International Date Line, and landed in Nadi on Boxing Day. It was probably the emptiest international flight we ever took!

So I guess you can say we were long overdue for a family gathering at this time of year.

Wherever you may be, I'm sure you'll have your own cherished memories whether it's a low key family gathering or an adventure somewhere far from home. Whatever it may be, I'm sure there's a story to tell. And if you've got a waterfalling story or photos you'd like to share, please go right ahead. It's a sure-fire way to relive those times when they drift further into the past.

And with that, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Saturation Rains in Southern California

If you're living in the Southern California area, you are probably well aware of the saturation rains that have been occurring non-stop since last Friday.

While this promises to make this Winter and Spring a good season for waterfalling, we do have to emphasize safety and respect for hazards when trying to see waterfalls at full flow. This is especially true when waterfalling in stormy weather (sometimes it's better not to force it).

We've had our share of close calls, but this article talking about waterfallers who had to be air rescued in Trabuco Canyon (near Holy Jim Falls) further illustrates this point.

So with that I'll sign off with this Jerry Springer quote.
"Take care of yourself... and each other."

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lots to be thankful for

I believe the Thanksgiving 2010 weekend is the first in at least five years where we didn't go on a waterfalling trip. In 2009, we were coming back from India. In 2008, we were in St Lucia. In 2007, we were in Venezuela and Angel Falls. In 2006, we were in Australia (more specifically, the states of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania).

Sure it feels a little strange not to be out there chasing waterfalls, but we definitely have much to be thankful for. Besides, it's about time we count our blessings the old fashioned way - with family!

So have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving wherever you are.

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Look to the World of Waterfalls

The World of Waterfalls website now has a right column, which has dramatically improved its look-and-feel. Hopefully, this will improve site navigation as well as make you aware of pages that you might not have realized existed.

Moreover, third party sponsors and advertisers can now feature their links on more than one page.

We're pretty excited that the website finally has this capability.

So stay tuned as we're expecting to make more changes with this new feature (e.g. regional pages will have image links on the right column that are relevant to that area).

Check it out!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

World of Waterfalls Sitemap

Given the size of the World of Waterfalls (1394 pages and counting...), we've spent time to add a sitemap, which shows the overall structure of the website. Hopefully, this provides another way for you to navigate through the website as well as to find pages that might otherwise be missed.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wainui Falls

Click here to read more about this waterfall

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Waterfalls of Glacier National Park

The waterfalls we've visited in Glacier National Park on a recent visit a couple of weeks ago have now been fully posted on the World of Waterfalls website.

Even though the Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed between Logan Pass and Avalanche Creek (causing us to miss out on some of the more prominent waterfalls in the park), we still have quite a few waterfalls in our time there. And now, you can read about the waterfalls as well as the travel diary from that trip among others.

Check it out!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies

The waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies have now been fully posted onto the World of Waterfalls website. Included in this major update are the introduction of the Canada region, tier 3 pages of the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, other attractions, the travel blog about our recent trip there, and the individual waterfall pages including Takakkaw Falls, Wapta Falls, Athabasca Falls, Johnston Canyon Waterfalls, Panther Falls, Helmcken Falls, and more!

Check it out!

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, September 26, 2010

From Freezing to Roasting

Julie and I just got back from a week-and-a-half of the Canadian Rockies and Far North Rockies. Even though it was supposedly the tail end of Summer and the tip of Autumn, you wouldn't have known it from all the snow storms and rain storms we had gotten throughout the trip.

I guess it was kind of ironic that going into this trip, I was worried about lack of waterflow on many of the waterfalls fed exclusively by snowmelt. I guess those fears were unfounded for the most part (then again, maybe it's that this year there was no Summer in those parts), but the bigger concern was the snow, the grizzly bears, and the road construction delays and closures (especially in Glacier National Park).

Then, we come home and go from 0C (32F) to 100F in Los Angeles. Now why couldn't that heat wave hit us last week when the Going-to-the-Sun Road was still open?

Anyways, look for updates to the website in the next couple of weeks or so as we're in the process of processing photos and composing write-ups. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Peace and Quiet

Today, we drove from Jasper all the way to Clearwater, British Columbia. The goal was to see Helmcken Falls, but we ended up seeing three other waterfalls in Spahats Falls, Dawson Falls, and Moul Falls in addition to Helmcken Falls (where fog was stubbornly concealing it for most of the day). All of these waterfalls were very legitimate waterfalls and they seemed to have high volume despite it being Autumn thanks to Western Canada's wet year.

But the one thing about this excursion that we didn't have while in Banff/Jasper region was that it was much quieter (though still not free of tour buses, which shocked us). And it wasn't until we hiked to Moul Falls did we finally get the peace and quiet that we usually seek out when going out into Nature.

Speaking of wet, we did indeed have a wet day as predicted by the weather forecast. From the latest storm, it appears that we're still in for another wet day tomorrow. Whether the storms will let up for the remainder of our last-minute trip to the Canadian Rockies and northwest Montana remain to be seen...

As for tomorrow, we're headed back to Jasper. We saw some signs for waterfalls we hadn't planned on seeing (let alone even knew about) so we hope to visit them en route. We also hope to check out Maligne Canyon and its waterfalls. For the day after, we expect to be checking out the waterfalls we deferred on the Icelands Parkway. Hopefully the weather won't be so bad that we won't be able to do them...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Finally Some Good Weather!

After suffering through some rather extensive unseasonably cold, icy, and wet September weather, we finally had some days where it was more sunny than cloudy. That started yesterday afternoon after the day started off in similarly dreary and cloudy fashion. And during that day, we finally got to see Peyto Lake, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake the way we were supposed to have seen them!

Today, the good weather momentum continued as the day was mostly sunny (after battling through some morning fog) and we managed to make another run at Peyto Lake before seeing the Athabasca Glacier as well as Lake Maligne and Spirit Island. We did have to prioritize our sightseeing by skipping several of the waterfalls we were supposed to be seeing along the Icefields Parkway, but we did manage to see Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls.

But all good things must come to an end, and the forecast for the next two days at least will be pretty wet and cold. We'll have to see how our waterfalling will turn out as we're heading out of the Jasper area to see Helmcken Falls as well as a couple other waterfalls in the Wells Gray Provincial Park before returning to the National Parks the following day. Hopefully, the timing is just right as we make our return to the area after the storm has passed...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Struggling with the Bad Weather in the Canadian Rockies

Julie and I are currently on a totally last-minute trip to see Banff, Jasper, and Glacier NP (in Montana; not the one in Canada). So far, we're struggling with the miserable weather all day today, and the forecast for the Banff area doesn't look good for at least the next 5 days (there's even snow in the forecast!). We'll have to see whether we'll ever have the chance to see Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Emerald Lake, Lake Maligne, etc., but so far it's not looking good.

Next week, we're supposed to be in Glacier National Park, but they currently have Winter Weather advisories. We're not sure when the weather there will ever let up towards the end of that week as we'll be there. But the Going-to-the-Sun road will be closed by then (though the snow probably did it in anyways).

At least today, we did see Wapta Falls, Takakkaw Falls, and the lovely Johnston Canyon, which turned out to be a pretty pleasant experience considering the dreary weather. Yesterday, we saw Bow Falls.

We're still holding out hope that Mother Nature will have mercy on us. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, September 6, 2010

Asia Region Overhaul Completed

Asia (including China, Japan, Thailand, and India) have finally finished having their individual waterfall pages overhauled. That means the individual waterfall pages in this region now have dedicated commenting, more photos, better content, more videos, links to trip reports, book references, and more!

That concludes the 6-month work that started back in April where I had to scrub the entire website (all 1500+ pages of it) to upgrade the quality of the content to the standard we're sticking with from this point forward. We definitely had to dig deep into our image library and our memories, but Julie and I had a good time walking through memory lane while doing this work. We certainly hope to be creating new memories going forward...

In any case, you should now have a pretty good idea of what to expect if you're planning to visit waterfalls that we've personally been to (by reading our write-ups) or if you just want to relive some of the ones you've been to already.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Overhaul of Latin America Pages Complete

Latin America was the latest region to undergo the overhaul of the individual waterfall pages. I noticed that much of the prose and visuals in this section were lacking. Fortunately, I had sufficient notes and library of photos to beef up the individual waterfall pages here.

That leaves just Asia as the last major region left to do.

Look for updates in the coming month where hopefully the scrub of this website will finally come to an end.

And as usual, if you catch typos, broken links, mistakes, or even if you like what we have, give us a holler and tell us what you think.

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hoofing It In The Eastern Sierra

Last weekend was supposed to be a backpacking trip to the beautiful Minaret Lake deep in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the Mammoth Lakes. But our trip leader had to back out due to health problems so the backcountry excursion turned into one where a high school buddy of mine and I chased waterfalls (plus a lake that yielded a waterfall I didn't expect to see).

Most of the waterfalls chased were oldies like Twin Falls, Rainbow Falls, Lower Falls, and Horsetail Falls. However, on our moderately strenuous hike to Shadow Lake, we saw a surprise waterfall I called "Shadow Falls" since I didn't know its name.

In addition to chasing waterfalls and a lake, we also spent a few hours amongst some of the oldest living organisms on earth in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. It was an intriguing excursion that yielded nice photographs as well as a chance to see the distinctive trees that neither of us had never seen before.

This trip was like John Muir once said.

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

No question that was the case once again...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, August 16, 2010

Overhaul of Africa Region Complete

This is the latest of the regions to undergo the overhaul of its individual waterfall pages. Although there wasn't the quantity of waterfalls seen in other regions, the writeups of the falls in Africa definitely required more attention and time since there was lots to be said (given the adventure and uniqueness of our experiences there).

So that now leaves Latin America and Asia as the last two regions to undergo the overhaul, which I expect to get to some time in September or at the end of August. It really depends on how much free time I'll be having in the near term.

In any case, come have a second look (or first one if you haven't seen it yet) of what we have to say our experiences at the waterfalls of Africa.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Plans To Floodlight Chitrakote Falls

I stumbled upon yet another article regarding India's version of Niagara Falls.

This was one of the major waterfalls we really wanted to see, but our tour operator refused to go out there due to the threat of Maoist insurgencies. So we'll have to hope we can return to India and focus on these areas assuming things get better over there.

In any case, it does seem like there's a concerted effort to lure tourists to that part of the country.

To read the article, click here.

Something Stirring In India's East

I stumbled across an article talking about how Maoists are recruiting people.

I thought it was interesting because our trip to India was adversely affected due to some instability in India's East. And this kept us from seeing places like Hundru Falls, Barehipani Falls, Joranda Falls, and Chitrakote Falls (they're all within Maoist- and Naxalite-influenced areas).

After reading through this article, I couldn't help but see the implications this has on what's going on in Pakistan (with the flooding affecting some 20 million people and counting). I wonder if Al Qaeda and the Taliban see a major opportunity for recruitment by being the first (as well as the last) to offer aid and money before the Western World acts...

To read the article, click here.

Overhaul of Caribbean and South Pacific Pages Complete

As promised earlier this week, the overhaul of the website continues with the next two regions being completed being the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

I have to admit there were lots of memories coming back when I was working these regions (especially for Tahiti and Fiji). Gee, I sure hope we can go back there without too many years passing by...

As usual, the individual waterfall pages have greatly expanded content as well as dedicated commenting, more photos, and even maps (apparently, some pages were missing them).

Next up on the overhaul priorities: Africa.

Then, we wrap up with Latin America and finally Asia (there's definitely a lot of pages to address in these two regions).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Overhaul of Iceland Pages Complete

This took longer than I thought, but that was because I didn't realize how little quality content some of the pages had, nor did I realize that none of the individual waterfall pages in Iceland had maps!

Well after this round of auditing and making drastic improvements to each page, I'm proud to say that the Iceland pages are now in a shape that I'm pretty happy with (consistent with overhauled regions done already). That is, all pages now have maps, more up-to-date content (with better directions and more information), more photos, new videos, and dedicated commenting for each waterfall.

Next up in the overhaul will probably be either Africa, South Pacific, and/or the Caribbean.

After that, there will only be Latin America and Asia to do.

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Big Falls Done Right

Five years ago, we went to Big Falls near the San Gregornio Wilderness area of the San Bernardino Mountains. Unfortunately, we showed up in May 2005 thinking we could take advantage of the peak snowmelt for maximum viewing effect. Little did we realize that that logic would cause us to show up when the trail was closed!

So this morning, we returned to Big Falls under conditions that I normally wouldn't consider for waterfalling. After all, it was August, and mid- to late Summer was traditionally a horrible time to go waterfalling in the Southland. But with June Gloom lasting even into this morning (something I don't think I had ever seen before in all the years I've lived here), it seemed like maybe the falls wouldn't be a disappointing trickle.

So to make a long story short, we were pleasantly surprised to see the falls flowing quite well. Moreover, we finally got to do the hike, and Mom and I even made a scramble to see a couple of hidden tiers.

Today's excursion was a welcome break from all the work being done to overhaul the website as well as to break the doldrums of Summer where we were itching to get out of the house without having to feel guilty taking more vacation days.

In fact, our impression of the falls changed so much that we even shook up the Top 10 Southern California Waterfalls List!

Check out what we had to say now about Big Falls as well as our travel story from this morning!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Overhaul of Norway Pages Complete

I've just finished overhauling the waterfall pages for Norway. Previously, we had held back on the content thinking that we would put out a one-of-a-kind book about waterfalls in Norway. But it became clear that just revealing everything on our website what we knew and experienced about our time there was the way to go.

I had a lot of fun going back into memory lane digging up old photos while also reaching back into our notes and our memories to put together quality content.

Have a look!

Next up in the major overhaul is Iceland.

Waterfall of the Week

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Zealand Pages Overhauled

This region took longer than expected, but I finally finished revamping the waterfall pages for New Zealand. Some of the waterfalls have full-on descriptions, photos, videos, maps, and commenting. However, most of the pages still require you to buy the book for in-depth information as well as detailed maps.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Overhaul of Hawaii Waterfalls Region Complete

As I'm sleepy composing this blog post, I just wanted to announce that the Hawaii pages have been overhauled. The content on these pages have been significantly augmented as we decided not to publish a book about Hawaii Waterfalls, and instead post just about all we know (and researched) about these waterfalls onto the website.

Now given the mountain of work and content that went into this major update, I'm sure there are bound to be some mistakes or broken links. Please feel free to let us know if you happen to catch one of these during your visit.

Next, the overhaul with continue with New Zealand after I take a few days break from all this work. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Australia Region Overhaul Completed

It took about 2 weeks to get through the overhaul of the hundreds of pages pertaining to the many waterfalls in Australia, but I'm proud to say it's finally complete.

Now, the waterfall pages have more easily-accessible comments, suggested readings, more photos, videos, better blurbs, related trip reports, and even nearby waterfalls - all for each waterfall page!

Next up, I plan to be busy overhauling the Hawaii pages. We were planning on doing a book, but we decided it just made much more sense to provide what we know and our media content via this website. Stay tuned...