Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Quickie That Wasn't So Quick

Today, Julie and I tried to squeeze in a visit to Millard Falls to take advantage of yesterday's rains. On separate occasions in the past, Julie had seen this waterfall with disappointing results followed up by my own solo trip here with similarly not-so-impressive results as well. So we figured today would be the day we could finally get nice photos of the falls while squeezing in this excursion before a birthday celebration of one of Julie's friends.

Well, sometimes things don't always turn out as expected... [read more]

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Waterfalls Near Las Vegas?

The deserts neighboring the sin city of Las Vegas isn't exactly where one would think waterfalls could exist. But, alas, given the relatively heavy rains we have received for a fair amount of this Winter Season, perhaps it shouldn't be all that surprising that desert waterfalls could be flowing in the area. Check out this blog for some pics for proof!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Fight For Chittenango Falls

This bit of news caught me off guard. Apparently, fiscal problems are also affecting parts of rural New York, and the planned closure of Chittenango Falls is a wake-up call for waterfall lovers and businesses dependent on the tourism traffic. What's to happen next is anyone's guess, but apparently fans of the waterfall are trying to muster up support using social networking. Check out the story here. We certainly hope they succeed.

Waterfall of the Week

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Return To Paradise Falls

No we didn't have to go to South America for this (as suggested by the heartwarming animated movie Up).

But it just so happened that Paradise Falls was the very first waterfall that Julie and I had seen alone together, and we credited this waterfall as being the catalyst that essentially launched the World of Waterfalls and ultimately changed our lives forever.

In a way, it set us on our own big adventure that we hope to continue for as long as we live.

In the mean time, check out the latest updates to our Paradise Falls page as well as the latest travel blog entry regarding this latest escapade...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Two years ago on Valentine's Day, we got caught in a snow storm at this waterfall! Ah, good times!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Waterfalls in the Movies

After having seen a few recent movies featuring waterfalls, I've updated our featured article about Waterfalls in the Movies. Check it out and see if you can think of any other movies with waterfalls in them!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day and Chinese New Year Excursion

Today, Julie, Mom, and I did a slightly-longer-than-a-half-day excursion out to Holy Jim Falls. It was probably one of our more adventurous local hikes to date. But at least the weather was nice, and the attraction was popular as advertised. Plus, we managed to get some delicious, authentic Vietnamese food for lunch as well as an ear-splitting firecracker bonanza to boot!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy New Year!

Actually, today's the New Year on the Lunar Calendar. So to commemorate this occasion, we've posted a bunch of waterfalls from the Asian continent (namely China, Japan, and India) on our World of Waterfalls Facebook page.

Become a fan and check them out!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Down With Up

Julie and I just finished watching the DVD for Up

Julie basically picked up this movie because there was talk about a Paradise Falls in the movie that was somehow inspired by Angel Falls. After seeing Avatar (and mistakenly thinking Angel Falls would make an appearance there), we just had to see for ourselves what this was all about!

And while the movie started off with some noticeable similarities in the story line with the Jimmy Angel story (e.g. Charlie Muntz as Jimmy Angel? Paradise Falls as Angel Falls? Jimmy Angel's plane atop the falls analogous to the Fredricksons wanting to put a house atop the falls? The lost world as the nearly pristine tepuy tops? All that Roaring 20s and Great Depression era music from the time when Jimmy Angel first "discovered" the falls?). Clearly the writers were quite influenced by the real thing in Venezuela.

But then quickly the movie sucked us in with what turned out to be a very heartfelt story, and perhaps a suggestion for everyone to go on that adventure (before life passes you by) since you only live once and you never know just what you might find...

Arkansas Waterfalls

Something that I hadn't given too much thought about with respect to waterfalls is that there seem to be some decent ones in the state of Arkansas. Prior to this posting that I came across, all I knew about the state were the Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team (especially in the mid 90s), Bill Clinton's state, and that I knew there were good places to go hiking based on a coworker who came from there. Perhaps now we've got a legitimate waterfalling reason for us to visit this part of the Nation...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Last year on Valentine's Day weekend, we went on a little bit of an adventure to find this waterfall. The hiking weather was nearly perfect, but the day before was pouring rain!

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Waterfalls from New Zealand and Cook Islands

With all the swing shift hours I had to work in the last two weeks, it was a real struggle to get the World of Waterfalls updated with the latest info from New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

But, I managed to persevere, and now the website has been updated with 17 new waterfalls in New Zealand as well as more photos and videos added to some of the old waterfalls we had visited on our previous trip to the country (and re-visited on our latest trip). In addition to that, the South Pacific pages now have a Cook Islands page with a waterfall we managed to visit there, too!

And as a reminder, we've retooled three of our Top 10 Waterfalls Lists (i.e. the World's Top 10 Waterfalls, the Top 10 New Zealand Waterfalls, and the Top 10 Iceland Waterfalls). After all, sometimes perspectives and tastes get refined with each new experience added to the library of experiences in one's life. Hey, we warned you that those lists are ever evolving...

Finally, I also wanted to remind you that we've also added travel stories pertaining to our latest year-end escapades in New Zealand and Cook Islands.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Top 10 Lists Updates

Sometimes when you visit and re-visit waterfalls, your increased perspective on the variety of waterfalls that are out there causes your perception of favorites to change. Such was the case when we returned from New Zealand and Cook Islands in our latest trip.

As a result, we now have a new Top 10 World's Best Waterfalls list.

We also have revamped our Top 10 Best New Zealand Waterfalls list and our Top 10 Best Iceland Waterfalls list.

Check them out!

Lots of Updates To Tell You About

In between getting my body trashed by working 3rd shifts, I did manage to make quite a few updates to the World of Waterfalls.

First off, I've completely updated all the Travel Stories entries from our most recent escapades in New Zealand (4 new entries), Cook Islands (one new entry), and a local outing following the El Nino Rains.

I've also updated the When to visit page for New Zealand, the How to get there page for South Pacific to include Cook Islands, and the Other Attractions page for New Zealand.

There are still more updates to be made regarding the new waterfalls as well as updated pages for old waterfalls we've managed to revisit. They're almost complete so keep an eye out for those in the next day or two.

Waterfall of the Week

Popular Colombian Waterfall Runs Dry

I thought I'd pass along this bit of news regarding that familiar story of what happens when human intervention with Nature for the pursuit of energy or profits (or both). I do fear that stories like these have become increasingly familiar as overpopulation, resource depletion, climate change, and a backwards financial system around the world all combine and conspire to leave behind dysfunction in the earth's natural order (and yes, that means the disappearance of waterfalls). Check out this article to see which falls it is...