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