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