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2006-12-07 14:04 - Post Oz Musings

Now that Julie and I are back from a wonderful time in Southeast Australia, we're extremely busy trying to get things organized and quickly get ourselves back to reality.

It might take awhile to update the Australia section of this website due to the quantity of photos, the backlog of thoughts and musings, and the volume of work that needs to get done. But I guarantee it will be done eventually (hopefully before the end of January 2007). Even before then, the changes will come trickling in and I'll make sure to blog about the updates as they come.

In the mean time, here are some post trip thoughts...

The drought did indeed negatively impact our waterfall-viewing experience. However, we were still able to see quite a few satisfying waterfalls despite the drought.

We did also get a chance to see some of Australia's unique fauna in the wild including - kangaroos (didn't hit one this time), wallabies, wombats, echidnas, eagles, several smaller birds, koalas, and even a leech! We also went to a captive breeding area for Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Valley, Tasmania, which is trying to protect the species from a deadly disease that has already wiped out more than half their population.

This trip had more of a developed feel than our Northern Territory/Western Australia trip 6 months ago. We didn't quite get the same Outback feel. However, we did get to see, experience, and better understand the multi-ethnic diversity in and around the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, and Launceston.

This diversity was reflected in the foods we ate, the people we met, and the places we saw.

One of the more unforgettable experiences of the trip was walking along the Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania as the sunlight was giving way to darkness while some function was going on in a natural amphitheater deep in the gorge (which happened to be some event called Tas Dance). It had to be the most scenic walk (especially lit at night) to a function we had ever done. Plus hearing the music faintly echoing in the gorge as we walked towards the source added to the mystery and aura of the experience.

We also got to see the Blue Mountains (albeit a foggy experience) as well as the Great Ocean Road with the 12 (more or less) Apostles. As Julie would say about the 12 Apostles (one of her must-do experiences of Australia), "Check!"

But with all that we had experienced, the most prevalent theme of the trip had to be the drought and the looming issue of global climate change.

More about this in the next blog...

Cheers

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2006-12-07 14:06 - The Worst Drought in 1000 Years

As I had feared prior to the start of this trip to Australia, the drought the country is currently going through is indeed severe. In fact, it had been called "The Worst Drought in 1000 Years." [read article]

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2006-12-16 14:13 - Books

I have just started up a Books section, which covers books that we have used or produced as they pertain to waterfalls and world travel.

You can reach the Books section by clicking on its button in the NavBar (the left-hand-side of the page). Or, you can just click here.

I have also published a book on New Zealand Waterfalls. You can find out more about it in the Books section or in the New Zealand section.

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2006-12-17 14:15 - Website changes

There were a few other tweaks to this website that I felt might improve the look and feel. You'll notice the most drastic change in the "MORE INFO" sections of all tier 2 regional pages.

I've also added a "Links" tier 2 page which will include useful websites that supplement the info provided here. There are already a couple of links in there from friends who have generously helped me in our own waterfalling endeavors. Have a look!

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2006-12-18 14:15 - Australia Travel Blogs Updated

The travel blogs have been updated with journal entries that pertain to the November trip to Southeast Australia. You will find a dozen new stories to entertain and inform you about this side of the land down under.

I have also updated the Other Attractions page for Oz complete with attractions you can expect to find in Southeast Australia to supplement your waterfall hunting.

I am now currently working on the waterfall info pages for this part of Australia (drought or not) and will update you as soon as these become available.

Click here to jump to Australia's Travel Blog section.

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2006-12-21 14:17 - Entire Australia Section Updated

I've finally updated this section with the waterfalls visited upon our November 2006 trip. Now the Australia page is greatly expanded.

Note I've also included photos of trickling or dry waterfalls (due to the drought).

No worries though; they're there for place holders for when I get better photos of the falls. Fortunately, there aren't too many of them.

Have a look!

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2006-12-31 14:18 - Back from Kaua'i

My wife and I had just spent a week in Kaua'i for more waterfalling. It was a pleasant change of pace (as island life usually is) though the waterfalls weren't flowing quite as well as we had hoped.

Apparently, their usual wet weather hadn't arrived yet. A kama'aina or long time Polynesian Hawaiian told us the rain had been coming later in the year between January through March even though late December used to be a perfect time to see waterfalls.

I don't know what it is with the bad waterfall karma we've been getting lately, but we did see quite a few falls, nonetheless.

In the coming days, the website's Hawaii section will be significantly embellished. Of course, I will blog about the updates here to keep you posted if you check this page frequently or if you have an RSS Feed to this web page.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (i.e. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hawaiian)!

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2006-12-31 14:18 - Hawaii Pages Updated

I've dramatically improved this section with additions from our recent trip to Kaua'i.

In the coming months, we will also put in the remaining Hawaiian Islands (Oahu and Big Island) as well as improve some of the existing sections (e.g. Maui and Molokai). Thus, this website will have the most comprehensive collection of Hawaiian waterfalls.

Have a look!

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