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2007-09-03 14:19 - La Catarata Loca

I thought I'd drop in a quick blog about our recent trip to Iguazu Falls. And really, if I had to sum up the waterfalling experience in a phrase or a name, it would be La Catarata Loca! That's because there was hardly a moment when Julie and I would gaze upon overlook after overlook and say out loud, "Crazy!" over and over again. It was kinda like that Kiwi guy who sat behind us on a boat tour who kept screaming, "Extreme!"

I plan to update this website with Iguazu Falls pages as well as a corresponding blog this week. Stay tuned...

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2007-09-04 07:03 - New Featured Waterfall


Bridal Veil Falls, New Zealand


Bridal Veil Falls, New Zealand

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2007-09-05 07:16 - Fire and Ice Make Water

It seems obvious, doesn't it? Combine the heat from fire and throw ice into the mix and you'll get water (and some steam). Now when you put that on a grander scale, like say volcanoes and geothermal vents (along with Global Warming) mixed with giant glaciers and snow fields, and you have yourself lots of water. So where is such a mix displayed?

Look no further than the land of fire and ice - Iceland.

Here, you'll find some of the craziest waterfalls not named Niagara Falls or Iguazu Falls. With a low population density and raw nature all around, you couldn't ask for a more surreal place to see waterfalls. For a taste of what you might see in Iceland, click on the following link... [read more]

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2007-09-06 07:16 - World's Tallest Waterfalls Forgotten?

So far during our travels, I have noticed that wide, high volume waterfalls have most of the tourist infrastructure and publicity. You can easily see this by observing how easy it is to book a tour or travel to such waterfalls as Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls, and Victoria Falls. Heck, it's relatively easy to even visit more obscure ones that fall under the same category like Dettifoss and Huka Falls.

But then you look at the tallest waterfalls in the world, and they don't get the same attention nor infrastructure to visit them. I've noticed this is especially the case with Angel Falls in Venezuela, Tugela Falls in South Africa, and Catarata Gocta in Peru. Even the ones in Norway don't quite get the same fanfare though they're considerably easier to visit than the just-mentioned ones (e.g. Mardalsfossen and Langfoss. Of course there are exceptions like Yosemite Falls and Sutherland Falls. But this has been something that I find a bit troubling ever since we've been struggling with finding a way to safely visit Angel Falls and even Tugela Falls this year.

It makes me wonder whether the population as a whole respond better to big, wider waterfalls as opposed to the tallest majestic ones. Heck, even the taller ones seem to be sacrificed without batting an eye. Take a look at some of Norway's former giants like Tyssestrengene and Ringedalsfossen.

What are your thoughts about this? Are the World's Tallest Waterfalls forgotten? Are they undeservedly getting the shaft? Or is it simply that the tall ones are behind the media curve and will eventually get the attention that their wider counterparts have already?

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2007-09-07 06:13 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand

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2007-09-08 11:32 - Which is better? Niagara or Iguazu?

Both of these waterfalls two-thirds of what's left of the mighty waterfalls of the world. We still have yet to visit Victoria Falls.

Niagara Falls has been publicized to have a flow rate of around 7000 cubic meters per second. That makes this the largest waterfall in North America by volume (and possibly the world - as we don't bother with shorter waterfalls that could be construed as rapids rather than significant waterfalls). It also has seen many tourists and is one of the easiest waterfalls to visit regardless of whether you're with a family, you're handicapped, or you just want a quick weekend trip (at least if you're American or Canadian).

Iguazu Falls has an average flow rate of around 1000 cubic meters per second. But while it doesn't have the volume of Niagara, it certainly has the width and what Julie calls "character." That is, there are trees splitting cascades, the falls tumbles in two tiers in much of the 2km parts of the rim where water plunges, and it feels much more natural than Niagara. The drawback is that it's far away, there are Visa inconveniences on the Brazil side, and climate change could impact the performance of the falls (e.g. it was trickling towards the end of 2006 due to severe drought).

Personally, we like Iguazu Falls better. What do you think?

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2007-09-09 20:23 - Iguazu Falls Travel Blog posted

Well I've finally gotten around to composing and posting up our Labor Day weekend at Iguazu Falls. I've also posted up the travel blog infrastructure page for South America as we're expecting to add to that page with new blogs from future South American trips we're anticipating at the end of the year.

Also, stay tuned for the Iguazu Falls content page as well as the South America infrastructure pages. Beginning with Iguazu Falls, you may notice there will be changes to the way the information is presented as well as the content we're providing. Hopefully this will yield something more useful as well as interesting. Expect all existing pages to go through similar transformations as well... [read more]

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2007-09-10 07:07 - New Featured Waterfall


Palisade Falls, New Zealand


Palisade Falls, New Zealand

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2007-09-11 06:24 - Iguazu Falls page up

I've finally gotten around to completing the info section of the Iguazu Falls web page. This page will be augmented with more useful information about how to get here, what to expect, safety and health info, and when's the best time to see the falls, etc. Such pages will trickle in phases so stayed tuned for these updates. You might also notice that this page is also on the NavBar on the left for easy access since this is one of the greatest waterfall attractions in the world.

I've also put Niagara Falls on the NavBar as well. That page will also undergo changes (as well the rest of the web pages on this site) emphasizing useful information pertaining to the falls in addition to what's already there. [read more]

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2007-09-12 07:36 - New Home Page Photo

Since I'm in the process of updating the Iguazu Falls page (and soon the Niagara Falls page), I figured I mind as well put in a new photo on the World of Waterfalls Home Page reflective of the grandeur of Iguazu Falls itself. I figured it contrasts the tall and majestic Sutherland Falls in New Zealand further down on the page.

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2007-09-13 07:07 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand

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2007-09-14 08:14 - The Largest Waterfall in Europe

With all the attention that South American and African waterfalls get for their sheer size and grandeur (after all, South America has Iguazu Falls and Angel Falls while Africa has Victoria Falls), I was wondering about the largest European waterfall.

Well it turns out that the largest European waterfall isn't even on the main continent. In fact, it's on an island.

That waterfall is Dettifoss. Flowing at an average rate of 500 cubic meters per second and dropping from a height of 44m, this wild waterfall on a glacial river is truly a sight to behold. But being in Iceland (a country often left off European maps), it doesn't quite get the love that other similarly sized waterfalls get.

In fact, the country sports many more giant waterfalls and those with the inclination for something truly different (especially for waterfall lovers) should certainly consider this destination. [read more]

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2007-09-15 15:48 - The Biggest Waterfalls in the World

While visiting Iguazu Falls, we noticed a sign that discussed what appeared to be the largest waterfalls in the world. It was quite an interesting list and we decided to do a little research further on the matter - especially those that we hadn't heard of prior to this trip.

A list of the largest falls in the world

So this list included what appeared to be waterfalls that were adversely affected by humans or that don't really count - especially the ones in Brazil. We were bummed that Sete Quedas was done in by the Itaipu Dam. The last waterfall on the list didn't count as a 2m falls is really more like rapids.

It really came down to 4 falls on that list that appeared like they're worth the visit. There's of course the big three of Iguazu, Niagara, and Victoria. But Kaieteur Falls looks really intriguing and we're hoping to be able to see it one day. Then, there's Dettifoss that comes close to the Kaieteur Falls on waterflow but didn't quite make it on this list...

Hopefully no more of these majestic waterfalls disappear from human hands. But only time will tell how things will play out...

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2007-09-16 10:10 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Sound Waterfalls, New Zealand

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2007-09-17 07:22 - Website Changes

A slew of changes were made over the weekend. Among them were the following...
-Top 10 Waterfalls List
-A Request for Quote Form to book your own waterfall travel adventure
-Iguazu Falls updated to encompass additional travel information
-Niagara Falls updated to encompass additional travel information
-Re-ordered NavBar
-Home Page redone

The introduction of the Top 10 Waterfalls List is due to demand given the collection of waterfalls we have. Unlike most Top 10 Lists out there, we're only considering waterfalls that we've personally visited. Click the following link to check it out! [read more]

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2007-09-18 07:16 - Is the Superferry good for Hawaii Waterfalls?

There has been a lot of news recently about the Superferry. And while it continues to be a hot topic with both sides equally vehement about their stances, I wondered what it might mean to Hawaii's Waterfalls. At first glance, they might seem irrelevant, but it's often the case that there are indirect impacts associated with developments such as this.

Currently, Hawaii waterfalls already suffer at the hands of industralization as well as privatization of lands. For example, water diversion is rampant as the population and its demands grow. Also, thirsty sugar cane crops continue to be cultivated. Moreover, deforestation has reduced the island chains' ability to retain some of its moisture from upslope vegetation well adapted for this purpose while supporting ecosystems further downslope. And, it's increasingly difficult to hike trails to waterfalls as residents (much of the inland areas are privatized) have little incentive to run tours or open their lands for nature hikes. What the Superferry intends to do is to make it easier for people to move across islands easily without being forced to go through the hassle of inter-island flights (also a pollutant). But this increased freedom seems to dooming Hawaii's natural paradise as history has already shown even since the arrival of the first Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands and exacerbated since industrial scale developments since the Captain James Cook and other European/American influences.

The concern is that this makes it easier for invasive species to hop from island to island (further degrading what's left of nature on the suburb islands), industralization gets further pushed into the suburb islands, and more land use battles will be fought as the suburb islands get more crowded. All of these factors adversely affect waterfalls as freshwater becomes even more constrained and access over freshwater habitats will continue to be contested (most likely resulting in cut off access to even more natural wonders inland from the already overcrowded and overdeveloped beaches and resorts). History has also demonstrated that when people are given freedoms to police themselves on balancing environmental responsibility versus commerce, discpline is lacking to the point that the environment loses out.

Even given the current legal issues surrounding the operation of the Superferry, it seems there's a good deal of political backing as it's seen as beneficial to businesses. While it's hard to quantify exactly what's going to happen to waterfalls and the environment (they're already in trouble without the Superferry), I think it's best to see Hawaii's true paradise before it too goes the way of many of its extinct species.


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2007-09-19 07:15 - New Featured Waterfall


Mangawhero Falls, New Zealand


Mangawhero Falls, New Zealand

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2007-09-20 07:05 - Beware of Ancient Predators

Although it's still the dry season, it's soon winding down and that means the arrival of the wet season in Northern Australia. That means that it's time to heed the warnings of the presence of Saltwater Crocodiles - especially those in popular swimming holes or near billabongs and swamplands that tourists frequent. Salties are ancient predators whose evolutionary design have allowed them to remain successful and nearly unchanged even since the age of the dinosaurs. They've survived the dinosaur extinction event as well as numerous Ice Ages. What this means is that in addition to their ability to survive, they're perfectly adapted to learn their prey's habits, hide and stalk without detection, attack without warning. There have been past incidences of saltwater crocodile attacks on humans in places like Kakadu and North Queensland. So when you're enjoying waterfalls such as those in Litchfield, Kakadu, the Kimberleys, or in the Atherton Tablelands, always be congnizant of the potential of salties, respect them, and keep away from the water. [read more]

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2007-09-21 06:21 - What Counts As A Waterfall?

So what counts as a waterfall? The answer to this question isn't as obvious as you think. Read on to find out why... [read article]

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2007-09-22 10:19 - New Featured Waterfall


McLean Falls, New Zealand


McLean Falls, New Zealand

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2007-09-23 16:07 - Website Changes

This time I've updated the New Zealand pages to include useful travel information to supplement the already existing waterfalls and travel stories in the country.

I've also revamped the Books and Maps page (formerly just "Books") to be more useful and all-inclusive of the areas we've visited. This is still a work in progress, but I've at least put in links to Story Nature Press titles and to New Zealand. Other regions will soon follow...

Plus I've made a few minor corrections and changes to the Iguazu Falls page. [read more]

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2007-09-24 07:21 - Rain in California

This past weekend, we got a couple of days of heavy rain. It was a bit unusual (at least in recent history than I can remember) for us to be getting cold weather and rain in September. But considering having one of the driest years on record up to this point, I'm sure the rain was very welcome. Certainly, waterfalling in So. Cal is looking up, but we're going to need a few more storms like this in succession in order to motivate some local weekend day trips. We haven't done one of these in a couple of years, but we'd love to resume this if our weather and climate cooperate.

Still with the optimism, we'll have to wait and see (as stated earlier) if this winter weather is sustained.

Nonetheless, check out the California waterfall pages to get a taste of what the threatened beauty of this part of the state holds. [read more]

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2007-09-25 07:56 - New Featured Waterfall


Marokopa Falls, New Zealand


Marokopa Falls, New Zealand

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2007-09-25 16:02 - Mt Ruapehu erupts

Mt Ruapehu, on New Zealand's North Island, just had an eruption that seriously injured a climber. It's another reminder of how active this volcano is. The eruption produced a couple of lahars, but the eruption appears not to be catastrophic in size. As of now, it's unknown when access back on the mountain is available. I do know if access to the slopes of Ruapehu remains dangerous and off-limits, there are waterfalls that probably won't be accessible. These include Mangawhero Falls, Waitonga Falls, Taranaki Falls, and Tawhai Falls. There are also a few other falls around the volcano's slopes.

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2007-09-27 20:47 - More website updates

I've finally managed to squeeze in some updates to the New York Waterfalls pages pertaining to travel resources and information. I've been extremely busy lately so I'll do my best to get similar pages posted for the rest of the regions or countries we've covered on this website.

If you catch any mistakes or information that you disagree with, please don't hesitate to use the Comments Link on the page or even Contact Us. [read more]

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2007-09-28 06:22 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand

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2007-09-29 08:22 - Waimea Valley changing ownership

On O'ahu's famed North Shore, the sacred Waimea Valley (which includes the pretty Waimea Falls) has once again changed ownership from the Audubon Society to a nonprofit arm of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). Under the Audubon, the operation had suffered continued losses as the park transitioned from being an Adventure Park to a Botanical Garden more suitable for nature-lovers and families. Under the new ownership, it appears OHA will continue the quiet eco and cultural park paradigm with perhaps even more emphasis on aspects of Hawaiian history and culture. It kind of illustrates the tough decisions that have to be made when it comes to nature and conservation versus the business that makes more money but doesn't necessarily uphold nature and Hawaiian values. [read more]

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2007-09-30 17:58 - Hawaii Pages Updated

I've updated the Hawaii pages to include more travel-related information. Hopefully, you'll find these pages useful to help you plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Amongst the updates are the books and maps page and the how to get there page. The books and maps contain reviews of the products we've used for our own travel research. The how to get there page gives you advice on how to get to Hawaii and how to get around once you've gotten here. More updates are coming soon (time permitting) pertaining to more travel info so stay tuned... [read more]

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