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2007-11-01 08:11 - Falling Dollar

This is one issue that always faces international waterfallers like us (and probably has been since Bush took office and implemented his party's oil-based policies). At a time when the dollar is at its lowest in a long time, the Feds are cutting interest rates, which further hurts the value of the dollar as borrowing costs decrease. Could this be so oil looks cheaper and people will be consuming more oil rather than reducing its consumption to do something against Global Warming and Climate Change?

What's puzzling is that we have a credit crunch which is tied to the severely overpriced housing market, and things looked like they were about to correct before the Feds got on course to cut rates. Under the false pretense of trying to make a soft landing for the economy, I'd bet they're exacerbating circumstances that will ultimately lead to some kind of crash resulting in another Great Depression.

It's pretty serious stuff, but the "economists" will have you believe our economy is indeed healthy and still growing. Well, we all know that nothing goes up forever and at some point it's gotta come back down. In any case, devalued dollar or not, we're still gonna go waterfalling (despite the pain in our pocketbooks) as these things are out of our control except for our vote next November.

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2007-11-02 09:33 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand
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2007-11-03 17:17 - Australia Pages Updated

I've gotten around to updating basic travel information pertaining to Australia while sprucing up the tier 2 page for easier navigation. Included among the updates are a books and maps page, a "how to get there" page providing info such as flight times and how to get around the country, a "preparing for your trip" page providing basic safety info and what-to-bring suggestions, and a "when to go" page giving you a basic low-down on the weather/climate. Check it out! [read more]

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2007-11-03 17:21 - More on Regional Top 5 Waterfalls

In case you haven't noticed, I've also placed a tier 2 page making it easier for you to check out the regional lists of Top 5 Waterfalls for selected countries or regions. That way, if you're visiting one of those countries or regions, you might have an idea of some of the waterfall highlights to look forward to. However, we must warn that such lists always leave out deserving waterfalls so do check out the rest of the pages pertaining to those areas beyond the Top 5.

[Update 2007-12-2: The Regional Top 5 Lists are now the Regional Top 10 Lists) [read more]

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2007-11-04 11:49 - Iceland Pages Updated

I've gotten around to updating basic travel information pertaining to Iceland while sprucing up the tier 2 page for easier navigation. Included among the updates are a books and maps page, a "how to get there" page providing info such as flight times and how to get around the country, a "preparing for your trip" page providing basic safety info and what-to-bring suggestions, and a "when to go" page giving you a basic low-down on the weather/climate. Check it out! [read more]

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2007-11-05 07:49 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


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2007-11-06 07:11 - Norway Pages Updated

I managed to get in the travel info pages pertaining to Norway last night. I hope the job I did on this section was up to par as I was low on energy with this persistent cold/flu or whatever it is. Argh!

Anyhow, check it out and let me know if you catch any bogies as usual. [read more]

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2007-11-08 07:02 - USA BookNews Recognizes Story Nature Work

A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls (authored by myself and published by Story Nature Press) is named Award-Winning Finalist in the Travel Guide Category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards. In addition to recognition by Fore Word Magazine, Writers Digest, and PubInsider, the resume of this guidebook is continuing to grow. USA Booknews is launching a publicity campaign throughout the holiday season to recognize the winners and finalists. Look for our title making an appearance in Writer's Digest in the coming weeks (we'll be sure to post it here when it becomes available)! [read more]

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2007-11-09 07:11 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


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2007-11-10 10:42 - Adjustment to Regional Top 5 Lists

I started noticing that the Regional Top 5 List starting sounding like a broken record when some waterfalls from that region made the World's Best Top 10 List. So I made an adjustment to exclude Top 10 waterfalls in the regional Top 5 Lists. That way, you can see other deserving waterfalls and we don't repeat ourselves too much. And like I've been saying all the time, it's still not easy to come up with these lists as it's totally subjective. So if you disagree with our lists, why not leave a comment and give us your take?

(adjusted 2007-12-2: The Regional Top 5 List is now the Regional Top 10 List) [read more]

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2007-11-11 10:29 - Yellowstone and American Southwest Pages Updated

I've finally gotten around to inserting logistics and travel info pertaining to Yellowstone National Park as well as the deserts of the American Southwest. Included in this round of updates are pages devoted to planning, safety, how to get there, books and maps, best time to visit, and more! Other subtle changes to individual waterfall pages have been employed for all sections (not just limited to these two regions) as well.

Hopefully the website is now in a very good state of user-friendliness and wholesale major changes aren't as frequent as they have been recently. When more content becomes available for Latin America, Washington, and eventually Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, and more, then those sections will follow the format you're seeing with the rest of the website...

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2007-11-11 10:34 - Anniversary

On a personal note, in addition to being Veteran's Day, it's also our third wedding anniversary. I still have fond memories of our New Zealand honeymoon and wedding, and I certainly hope we can make the time to go back there for some more waterfalling while experiencing more special moments along the way...

If you're interested, you can read about our blog entry of our Destination Wedding in Whitianga, NZ. [read more]

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2007-11-12 08:22 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


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2007-11-16 07:18 - Link Between Waterfalls and Hawaii's Legendary Surf

I was watching a Science Channel show a few days ago and chanced upon a program that made a link between Hawaii Waterfalls and the legendary pipeline waves found in Hawaii (arguably the surf mecca of the world). The observation is that Hawaii has some of the wettest places on earth fueling waterfalls. These rains come from trade winds bringing moisture for thousands of miles ultimately rising around the tall volcanic mountains of each island's interior. When the clouds get high enough, they cool and condense into rains thus fueling what is arguably the most waterfalls in a state of the US.

So what does all this have to do with surf? Well, the freshwater streams take these mineral-rich volcanic soils with them to the ocean. In the oceans, coral reefs (along with countless other marine life) thrive on this nutrient infusion. And given the oceans' tendency to produce monster swells, these swells will hit the reefs causing the waves to barrel over in those perfect pipelines that surfers crave.

This is yet another example of how waterfalls indicate the health of an ecosystem. Given the controversies around water usage throughout the islands (Moloka'i's La'au Point development plans come to mind), this is a big deal to the well-being of life on the Hawaiian Islands. And at least local surfers might want to take note about land usage as the very factors contributing to their enjoyment of surf could very well be in jeopardy... [read more]

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2007-11-18 08:22 - Angel Falls is next

Luxury trip this is not. But we've waited a long time for this.

Now there's lots of uncertainty surrounding this trip as the US State Departments' travel advisories and message board warnings brought us lots of worries. Plus, the thought of going a long ways to have the falls clouded over or not flow well enough this time of year are also concerns.

But, sometimes you've just gotta seize the moment when there's an opportunity to do something special. And experiencing the world's tallest waterfall in Jurassic-like scenery was just too much let pass and regret not doing it. Stay tuned for updates to the website and blogs pertaining to this latest adventure! [read more]

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2007-11-24 15:43 - Back from Venezuela

It's amazing how little you know about a place until you actually go there. And in the case of Venezuela, we simply had to go there and experience the place. I was glad we didn't buy into any government propaganda and opened our minds to what turned out to be a very beautiful place with very nice and friendly people. Sure some parts of Caracas and Ciudad Bolivar might be sketchy, but you get this even in Los Angeles.

As for the nature and Angel Falls (you know, the prime motivation for coming here), it met expectations and exceeded others. However, it was really the people we met on this trip (both locals and fellow travelers at camp) that really stuck out most in my mind. We will post photos, blogs, and of course the latest info we have on the waterfalls as soon as possible.

We were so enchanted by Venezuela's beauty that we hope to visit La Gran Sabana in Venezuela's southeast next year.

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2007-11-27 07:33 - New Featured Waterfall


Milford Track Waterfalls, New Zealand


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2007-11-30 21:05 - Angel Falls on the website

I've finally gotten around to putting in all the travel info and photographs about the one and only Angel Falls as well as other waterfalls we've seen on the same trip in Venezuela.

I've also updated the Top 10 list as this waterfall clearly made it on there.

However, there's still more to come this weekend as I expect to put on the travel blog corresponding to last week's trip as well as more information about the beautiful country of Venezuela. [read more]

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