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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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