Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, March 29, 2010

Exercise In Compromise

As has become the usual M.O. these past several weeks, I've posted the travel story corresponding to our latest weekend excursions. This time, it's about Fish Canyon Falls and San Antonio Falls.

Sure it's a bit tiring to continue putting out content immediately after these excursions that have been taking quite a bit of hours out of our weekend, but when you're passionate about something (like we are about waterfalls), then I guess the extra work just comes with the territory.

In the mean time, check out the latest fruits of our labor :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Return To San Antonio Falls

This morning, we made another quick getaway to see a familiar local waterfall. This time, we went to San Antonio Falls, which sits on the slopes of Mt San Antonio (otherwise famously known as Mt Baldy). We could tell from the relatively hot weather we've been getting lately and the rapidly diminishing snow as seen from the mountain's south-facing side, that this might be a pretty good time to see the falls flow fully.

However, we did get a little bit of a scare as we might have pushed our old vehicle up the winding mountain roads a bit too hard (the white smoke or steam rising from the front wheels or the hood indicated as such). Nonetheless, we got to see the falls, the car seems to still work OK (the overheating indicator never went on), and we're ready to take on yet another workweek somewhat relaxed by excursions like this.

I've updated the writeup for our San Antonio Falls page to reflect observations and experiences from today...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fish Canyon At Last!

Julie and I had been waiting a long time to finally see Fish Canyon Falls. And it turned out that this morning was when the moment finally came!

We must say that after today's experience, we probably have a new favorite local waterfall. Of course this waterfall does have a bit of a checkered past and still remains a point of controversy thanks to it being collateral damage in an environment vs. economics battle.

Nonetheless, we're thankful the falls is still accessible, and we're eager to show you what we've experienced. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March Madness Has Two Sides In Cornell University

Even though Julie and I were in Big Sur this past weekend while the first two rounds of March Madness (The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Field of 65 teams) took place, the success of Ivy League school Cornell University didn't go unnoticed by me.

But when some of the players made mention during interviews about suicides that have been occurring on campus, I then noticed an article from the Examiner featuring the Thurston Avenue Bridge and a waterfall right by it. Now, during our trip to Western New York, which included some waterfalls near Ithaca, New York (where Cornell University is located), we missed the waterfall here.

Unfortunately, this bridge is also the site of three suicides by students who leaped off the bridge into the gorge below. We can only imagine what's making students drive themselves to suicide (this is surprisingly an issue in high achieving academic environments), but perhaps this article might shed some more light on what's going on...

[photo: Cornell's Thurston Avenue bridge crosses a scenic part of the campus, but it is also the site of tragedy. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)]

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Local Case Of Environment Vs. Economics

The LA Times recently reported on a story about tensions between residents of Duarte and a mining operation next door in the Azusa area. The reason why this is of interest to this website is that Fish Canyon Falls' access is adversely affected by the mining operations. We haven't visited the falls yet, but we're hoping to be able to soon.

Nonetheless, here we have another case of environment versus economics. This is sadly a recurring theme throughout the world and throughout human history. And while grass roots efforts can try to defend the environment based on conscience and activism, I get the feeling that until the economic rules change to account for environmental consequences (i.e. enforcing a you-pay-for-your-own-pollution policy), these types of issues will continue to come up and get worse. After all, in most cases, you get penalized (or it's more expensive) for doing the "right" thing versus the status quo where we live in a world that assumes infinite resources and a disregard for sustainability just so long as someone's making money...

In any case, see for yourself what this particular issue is all about...

California Travel Stories Updated

As promised last night, I added the travel story from last weekend's Big Sur getaway. This particular trip was supposed to be a romantic getaway (that's kind of what Big Sur's selling point seems to be), but it ended up being a bit more adventurous that we anticipated.

It sure always seems to be that adventure finds us whenever we go waterfalling alone...

Check it out!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Big Sur Waterfalls Updated

This past weekend, Julie and I took a much-needed (albeit a bit expensive) getaway to the Big Sur Coast. In addition to some relaxation and sightseeing, we also re-visited some familiar waterfalls while adding a couple of new ones.

So I've sacrificed a few hours of sleep tonight to get these updates in. I expect to add the corresponding travel story tomorrow.

But in the mean time, check out what's new on these pages!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Weekend Getaway

This week was spent being frustrated and angry at the new computer we were supposed to upgrade to in order to replace our 6-year-old PC. Last night, I ended up returning that computer.

The reason? Windoze 7.

Feels like a huge weight has been lifted after returning it. Now, we're looking into a Mac. And like that old argument about grocery shopping Whole Foods or Sprouts (expensive up front but payoff in less medical bills) versus Ralphs or Vons or some other chain supermarket (cheap up front potentially lots of medical conditions later), the whole Mac vs. PC debate follows a similar line (Mac expensive, but easier to use and more reliable vs. PC cheap up front, but big time headaches with dealing with Microsoft and resource hogging junkware).

OK, end of rant.

Why bring this up? Because we're headed for a little waterfalling getaway for the weekend on the California's Central Coast. We haven't been there in many years, and it felt like this getaway is well-timed. Look for updates from this region at the beginning of next week...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Monday, March 15, 2010

Negative Ions Treating SAD Sufferers

It turns out that there's a CBS Evening News article talking about negative ions (the types frequently found around waterfalls) that might actually be a treatment for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

I guess this could be further evidence that there could be something to the whole negative ions phenomenon and is not pseudoscience. Check it out!

Travel Stories Updated

As promised, I've updated the travel stories section with our latest Selection Sunday escapade to both Temescal Canyon Falls and Solstice Canyon Falls.

This maybe the last update you'll see for a few days because we're trying to replace our 6-year-old computer with something more modern. Hopefully, that might help me get over the fact that the old computer crawls and had also been acting strangely lately.

Stay tuned for more adventures as we're looking to continue our waterfalling in closer-to-home places this Spring.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Selection Sunday Waterfalls

Julie and I spent another Sunday visiting a couple more waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Originally, the hope was to re-visit Trail Canyon Falls, but the Station Fire last August nixed those plans. Nonetheless, we did re-visit a couple other haunts from early in our waterfalling days - Temescal Canyon Falls and Solstice Canyon Falls.

Given our late start thanks to us having to Spring forward for an hour (I really hate having to do this twice a year, and I still see no practical purpose for it), I had no chance to check out what happened regarding the NCAA Basketball Tournament this Selection Sunday. I'm sure I'll get a chance to see what our Office Pools might look like this week before the Big Dance begins, and since my school (UCLA) had a real bad year, I figured I didn't miss much enjoying the beautiful weather anyways.

So I just finished updating the World of Waterfalls to reflect our observations made from today. And I expect to have a travel story regarding today's excursion by tomorrow...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In Depth Look At Kaieteur Falls

I stumbled across a pretty in-depth article about Kaieteur Falls. I didn't see anything about it since the most recent news when someone tragically fell over the falls, but I thought this article presented the falls with a bit more of a historical context, and thus is well worth the read.

If you're curious about our experiences with the waterfall, we've written a travel story as well as an info page about it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another Drying Waterfall

While it seems like many parts of the world are getting serious deluges reviving struggling waterfalls and fattening up reliable ones, there are still others that were once thriving that are now hanging on.

It goes to show you that rainfall distribution typically isn't even across the world even for those places that would rely on rainy climates. Whether this is symptomatic of Global Weirding (another buzzword for Global Climate Change) is up for debate, but this can be a worrying development for those who depend on a stable climate for their livelihood be it farming, tourism, sustainability, or even energy.

In this particular case, we're talking about a waterfall in Malaysia (something I didn't know about until now). Check out this article!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Waterfall of the Week

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Waterfalls Updates and Additions

As promised a couple of days ago, I've updated information on the World of Waterfalls to reflect our field observations made during Oscar Sunday. Among the changes are an extensive update to the Rose Valley Falls page as well as the addition of Newton Canyon Falls.

I've also posted a new travel story entry regarding our long day trip. Check them out!

Earthquake Dries Up Famous Waterfalls?

The recent 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile not only caused a massive amount of damage, but it also managed to dry up a famous waterfall. It's not often that waterfalls are this impacted from more-or-less "natural" events. Navajo Falls comes to mind as a recent example due to massive floods (which itself is kind of ironic). But here, we had a literally earth shattering event. Check out this article for details about what happened to the Chilean waterfall.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Busy Oscar Sunday

Julie and I ended up taking the whole day visiting two waterfalls. It was just now that we finally got home after an early dinner at Julie's Mom's. But, man, I must've forgotten how far Rose Valley Falls was because apparently, it was only 32 miles between Ojai and Santa Barbara. I guess we were pushing the limits of just what can be done in a day trip.

Oh yeah, we also squeezed in a trip to Newton Canyon Falls today just so make amends for the failed trip to this waterfall way back in around 2001 or 2002. After finding it this time around, we both wondered how on earth we missed this one the first time around?

And much to Julie's delight, we did get home in time to catch at least some of the Oscars.

In the next couple of days, I expect to have the World of Waterfalls updated with blurbs and photos from today's experience...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blood Waterfall

Here's a very interesting article about a blood waterfall.

While at first you might think there's some serious loss of biomass or genocide, I assure you that the cause of this one is far more benign than that! Check it out!

Worrying Development Regarding Our Public Lands

I actually stumbled across this issue several months ago, but apparently it's not given the attention it needs (due to the state's fiscal crisis). And this little snippet reinforces what's going on in places that are near our favorite waterfalling places like Yosemite and the Sierras.

Waterfall of the Week

When I think of March, I think of waterfalling in the local mountains. However, this falls sat within the inferno zone from the fires of last August.