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2007-10-01 20:53 - New Featured Waterfall


Hirere Falls, New Zealand


Hirere Falls, New Zealand
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2007-10-02 21:05 - Hawaii Weather Page added

Well I managed to squeeze in some time to get a page up about Hawaii's unique climate. It's in the "Best Time to Visit" page under the Hawaii region pages. Have a look and hopefully it's helpful for you to determine when to go on your getaway... [read more]

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2007-10-03 07:12 - Mt Ruapehu Restrictions Lifted

They've lifted the restrictions imposed from last Tuesday's eruption on Mt Ruapehu. While most of these restrictions pertain to skiing, this also had implications of access to the waterfalls in Tongariro National Park, which gush when the ski season ends. This is good news for waterfall lovers, especially those who have read the book A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls. But this eruption further demonstrates Mother Nature's violence and danger. So when out enjoying the great outdoors, it's wise to have a healthy respect of Nature and be prepared when getting out there. Happy waterfalling! [read more]

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2007-10-04 07:21 - New Featured Waterfall


Hirere Falls, New Zealand


Hirere Falls, New Zealand
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2007-10-05 17:22 - Added Hawaii Trip Planning and Preparations page

I've finally gotten around to putting up the page on preparing and planning for Hawaii. There's some important information in here - especially about the hazards on the islands. Keep in mind this isn't Disneyland and you have to respect nature to truly enjoy it and not have it turn tragic. Anyways, it's there for your information and we welcome any mistakes or criticisms to the page. [read more]

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2007-10-06 17:24 - California Pages Updated

I've incorporated general logistics and safety information for waterfalling in California. Such info includes the best time to go waterfalling in the state, preparing and planning for an excursion, and recommended books and maps about California Waterfalls. Have a look. [read more]

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2007-10-07 08:08 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfall, New Zealand


Milford Track Waterfall, New Zealand
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2007-10-08 07:20 - More website updates

Over the weekend, I've managed to upgrade the Yosemite region with travel and safety info like I've been doing with California, New York, Iguazu Falls, Niagara Falls, and New Zealand so far. I've also updated the books and maps sections for those regions as well as expanded it to encompass more general literature spanning more topics and regions than what's covered in this website so far. Keep looking for more updates to the websites for international regions as well as other local regions in the near future... [read more]

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2007-10-09 07:43 - Water Shortage Concerns in California

Well the early autumn rain two weeks ago appears to be nothing more than a head fake. Since that time, we've returned to Santa Ana winds and warm temperatures that are really more of an extension of summer. But following one of the driest winters on record last year, the Metropolitan Water Authority is now sending out water conservation ads to entice the population to conserve. That's because (according to them), we're already dipping into our water reserves. And if the dry conditions persist, we need to look no further than the Southern parts of Australia to get a taste of what it's going to be like for us in California. Needless to say, I don't think prospects for waterfalling in the state look very good this year, but let's keep out fingers crossed and hope that isn't the case... [read more]

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2007-10-10 06:58 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand
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2007-10-11 07:20 - New Zealand Waterfalls Book recognized by Writer's Digest

A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls has received yet another accolade in its list of acknowledgements. This time, it has received an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. A nod by book industry experts to the quality and passion put into the first title coming from Story Nature Press, look for this book to appear in the March/April issue of Writer's Digest.

If you'd like to see for yourself what industry insiders are discovering...
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2007-10-12 07:04 - Al Gore Won Share of Nobel Peace Prize

Armed with his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and world speaking tour about climate change, Al Gore managed to do what what no one was able to do previously - bring the issue of Global Warming and Climate Change to the masses. Sure there were numerous scientists and concerned citizens before who tried to get the word out, but it took the former Vice President's high profile to make it resonate outside the scientific minority. And it is for this that Al Gore has shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN-based IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change).

Why does this matter to waterfallers? It's because climate change jeopardizes this noble activity by altering ecosystems in a way that adversely affects precipitation and stream flow in an otherwise healthier environment. We've already witnessed this in Australia and even the Southwestern United States. It's only going to get worse as time progresses. So while Climate Change is now part of the greater conscience, the next step is to take action. By and large this remains absent due to corrupt politicians, greedy corporations, and the collective ignoranceandr stubborness to sacrifice by the rest of us, but perhaps the winds of change have started. It will take a revolution in the way we live and the way the world functions to even put a dent in this problem, but hopefully this attention for Al Gore and the IPCC gives more momentum to the conservationist/environmentalist movement...

and therefore hope to our future on this planet. [read more]

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2007-10-14 08:53 - New Featured Waterfall


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
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2007-10-17 07:08 - Autumn in the Desert

Being a resident of Southern California, there's not a whole lot of waterfalls to choose from in the autumn. But one place not to overlook is the American Southwest deserts. Believe it or not, there are some waterfalls that flow year round even in the seemingly dry and barren deserts! And what's more, it's possible to visit them as extended weekend trips to Southern Utah or Northern Arizona. Hey, if people can do Las Vegas in a weekend, why not take an extra day or two to see places such as Lower Calf Creek Falls or Havasu Falls?

And these aren't dinky waterfalls. In fact, we put Havasu Falls in our top 10 list... [read more]

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2007-10-18 07:39 - Myf Warhurst Leaves Triple J

This isn't waterfall-related, but it certainly relates to our waterfalling trip to Australia's Northern Territory and Western Australia back in June 2006. It was during the long hours of driving that I discovered Triple J Radio and adopted it as my favorite radio station (streaming it via Internet at home) as it appealed to my youthful days of listening to KROQ when it was still a good station. It was also during that trip (and a subsequent one in November to Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania) that Julie and I enjoyed listening to Myf Warhurst's Trashy Lunchtime Quiz. She later went to join the weekday morning show of Jay and the Doctor (basically an Australian version of Kevin and Bean on KROQ). Her distinct carefree personality and unmistakable voice and laugh made her a memorable presenter and a joy to listen to.

Julie and I were saddened about the news that she's leaving, but certainly she's graduated from the Triple J ranks (like Mel Bampton who did so several months prior) and is moving on to bigger and better things I'm sure. Check out the Triple J website here and bid her a fond farewell.

You can read more about our first trip to Australia by clicking below... [read more]

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2007-10-19 07:22 - New Featured Waterfall


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand


Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
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2007-10-21 07:27 - South Pacific Pages Updated

I've updated the pages on the South Pacific Islands (i.e. French Polynesia [Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, etc.] and Fiji) to include more travel-related information to make it easier for you to learn more about the area in addition to the waterfalls. There's going to be more about this region pertaining to travel-related info in the coming days so stay tuned... [read more]

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2007-10-23 07:23 - Canyonaking

I saw a National Geographic Commercial a couple of days ago about this hybrid sport called canyonaking. I'm actually not sure if it's an officially adopted word yet (perhaps it's merely a NatGeo coined term), but it's basically a mix of canyoneering and kayaking. It doesn't seem like a new concept, but it's the first time I've seen it singled out on television. A feature of this hybrid sport is kayaking down waterfalls and waterslides in narrow slot canyons, which look like the type you can find in the deserts of the American Southwest or other similar deserts (e.g. the Pilbara or Kimberley region in Western Australia). Of course getting to these places requires canyoneering (hence the hybridizing of the sport) due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of some of these narrow canyons. In any case, look for adrenaline junkies to start looking at running these types of waterfalls. Perhaps it's yet another way that waterfalls bring joy in our lives.

Check the following link for a taste of some of the waterfalls you might find in the American Southwest... [read more]

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2007-10-24 07:25 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand
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2007-10-25 07:08 - Southern California Wildfires

I'm sure if you've been following the news from anywhere around the world, you're aware of the wildfires hitting San Diego County and the usual places in the local mountains of Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. And while headlines are saying "Hell on Earth" or "It's Like Armageddon", this years fire season is following a year of the driest weather we've had since they started keeping tabs on precipitation here. We've been closely observing the lack of rainfall we've been seeing recently since it affects local waterfalling trips. And despite the brief rains in one weekend in September and one weekend in October, it's not surprising that we'd be having a big fire season of some sort. Three years ago, there were similar intense wildfires following low rainfall that pretty much covered most of the local mountain range covering the Santa Monicas, San Gabriels, San Bernardinos, and the local forest and ranges in San Diego County.

Granted, many of these fires have been started intentionally (I bet they're started by thugs for the intent of looting), but that speaks to social and economic problems that are being ignored by business-influenced politicians and complying law enforcement. However, the underlying problem is clearly environmental.

It seems like the Santa Ana Winds have started to subside, but most wildfires are still going crazy and we still can see the hazy skies, ash particles floating about, and clouds of smoke. Satellite photos have even shown the extent of the smoke diffusing about in Southern California. I am a bit worried about the frequency of these wildfires and I can't help but wonder whether this is a consequence of Climate Change. I still don't see solar panels on buildings here (despite the amount of sunny weather we get) and the roads still dominated by large SUVs that never leave the pavement. Water supply also looks to be continually constrained despite the population increase (many of which are illegal). Obviously something's gotta give. We can only hope for the best, but with the way things are going, we had better brace for the worst...

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2007-10-26 17:31 - 1 of Every 10 Rivers Run Dry According to Latest UN Report

This is merely one of a myriad of problems identified by the latest UN Report emphasizing that human survival on the planet is at risk. While the deteriorating freshwater systems are of particular concern to waterfallers, the bigger picture is bleak. The panel of over 1400 scientists from 48 countries distributed over various fields of study point out that the needs of each person exceed the earth's available resources by 33%. Indeed, the point of no return is fast approaching and public policy to curb this is far outpaced by the deterioration rate.

This doesn't sound like a very rosy future, and we'd better wake up and do something while voting in people who will actually do something meaningful. Ignoring, stubbornly denying, or half-assing this problem won't make it go away.
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2007-10-27 15:24 - New Featured Waterfall


St Quintin Falls, New Zealand


St Quintin Falls, New Zealand
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2007-10-28 09:15 - Regional Top 5 Waterfalls

I've updated the website to include Top 5 Waterfalls of specific regions so you may have an idea of what the best waterfalls of each country or state has to offer. It also gives some of the other outstanding waterfalls a chance at being recognized if they didn't make the exclusive World's Best Top 10 List. But even with the Top 5 Waterfall Lists for each region, it was still a very difficult task as there were still more deserving and superb waterfalls that were left out.

In any case, we've got Top 5 Lists for the regions of Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, and Hawaii. There'll sure be more regions as well as updated lists as we collect more waterfalls. You can read about these Top 5 regional waterfalls from the bottom of the Top 10 page, or from the specific regions that have been updated to have a link to them (e.g. New Zealand and Hawaii; others will be updated to include them when I have time to implement their updates)... [read more]

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