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2008-09-01 20:14 - Kaieteur Falls visited

It was a rather long (literally speaking) Labor Day weekend especially with all the long hours of flying and lack of sleep. But ever since Julie and I saw a sign at Iguazu Falls this time last year that made us aware of the existence of Kaieteur Falls, it was something we absolutely had to do and this weekend gave us the opportunity to go for it!

And go for it we did!

This week, I hope to organize the photos and post updated pages relating to Guyana's greatest scenic wonder on the website. Stay tuned...

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2008-09-04 20:44 - Website Updated

I've finally managed to incorporate our recent trip to Kaieteur Falls into the website. This waterfall also shook up the Top 10 Waterfalls List!

In the works for the next couple days is a new travel blog about our recent crazy weekend trip to Guyana.

In the mean time, check out the recent changes! [read more]

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2008-09-06 09:29 - More Website Updates

The travel blog about our crazy weekend trip to Guyana has been posted just now.

We've also introduced a Latin American Top 10 List since we felt we had enough of a sampling to try to come up with this list (though I'm sure the bottom half of the list is a bit lacking for my tastes).

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2008-09-07 13:01 - BPA Problems

With all the talk about the hazards of BPAs this summer, Julie was on a mission to find suitable replacement water bottles where Nalgenes were once our mainstay. I wondered how much damage was already done to our health since we had been using Nalgene bottles for our outdoor hydration since our first waterfalling excursions together back in the year 2000. So which water bottle did we finally settle on and why? Read on to find out... [read more]

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2008-09-12 12:10 - Update to BPA article

Julie stumbled upon a disturbing review regarding the bottles we eventually switched to in order to get around the BPA-leaching problem. So what was the problem and what did we do about it? Read on to find out! [read more]

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2008-09-14 08:58 - NYC Waterfalls Project To Reduce Hours Of Operation

With less than a month remaining on the popular NYC Waterfalls Project, officials had to reduce the hours of operation for environmental reasons. Just what were these reasons and what does this mean for people wishing to see this New York City attraction? Read on to find out! [read article]

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2008-09-15 19:08 - The Solar Revolution

After reading a book titled Solar Revolution by Travis Bradford, I think I'm finally starting to see some hope for the future of the earth as well as its waterfalls. I've always been partial to solar, but I've always thought its progress was stifled by politics and corruption, and might never take off until it's too late. But I'm actually somewhat more hopeful about solar power now, especially after reading this book.

So what does solar energy have to do with waterfalls?

I see it as a way to wean up away from fossil fuels, nuclear, as well as the dreaded hydroelectricity (you know, the culprit behind all the dam building and destruction of waterfalls).

So why believe this book?

Well the author is a former fund manager and corporate buyout specialist. That means, he's able to do what I (and many others before) have trouble doing - keeping emotions in check and making his case solely on economics and self-interest, which are the driving factors that dictate market acceptance as well as policy.

But don't take my word for it. Read Solar Revolution and see for yourself...

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2008-09-17 20:45 - A Sunny Future For Waterfalls?

Is solar energy technology the silver bullet for the world's energy needs, the geo-political turmoil, and the earth's environmental problems? I always thought there was no excuse for not going solar. After all, if the sun can power our weather and power life, then it must be the energy of choice, right? Well after going through this thought exercise, out came some surprising conclusions and a real sense of optimism for the future. Why? Read on to find out... [read more]

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2008-09-21 09:02 - The $700 Billion Government Bailout Scam

Is it me or does someone else also smell a rat in this whole government (err taxpayers) bailout of Big Wall Street Firms, which are now seriously in trouble from the credit and housing crisis?

Why doesn't anyone in the media ask the tough questions?

Why isn't there more exposure to the public outrage over what appears to be an inevitable passage of this proposal by Paulson, Bernanke, and the Bush Administration?

You'd think Democrats would adamantly oppose such fraudulent legislation (especially since all this financial deregulation got us here in the first place), but I'm also seeing that many of them (including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat) want to see this bill passed!

Why isn't Obama and Biden jumping on this issue and opposing it adamantly? Are some Democrats sleeping with the devil, too?

And McCain and Palin? Forget it! They're Republican and it's their party that really exacerbated our financial crisis with the Iraq War, Tax Breaks for Big Oil, Refusal to Act on Climate Change, Running Up The Nation's Debt, etc. etc.

And with this over $11 trillion debt? All those campaign promises for the next president are not going to be fulfilled! There's simply no money to pay for them!

So why go on a political rant about this?

Simple. We're on a path to our cash becoming useless regardless of whether we partook in living beyond our means or not!

In other words, the crooks are trying to socialize the bad debts to the largely unsuspecting American public! By the way, it's this American public that is also capable of re-electing Bush, living beyond their means, and not taking responsibility for their own actions. All the while the Wall Street crooks and the politicians they bought off are getting away with their irresponsible ways that got us in this mess in the first place!

I'd like to think there is a forseeable future ahead of us, but sadly, what with the runaway Global Warming and Climate Change and now the inevitable collapse of the American Economy, I can't see that happening.

I don't know what else to say or do that can stop this. Writing to our Congressman to stop this? They've already made up their minds and anything we say to them will most likely be ignored!

And what exactly is the alternative that Bush, Paulson, and Bernanke fear if we don't pass this bailout legislation? A failure of banks that are deep in this mess?

I think I can live with that. What about you?

In the mean time, I'm gonna keep traveling and sharing our experiences like there's no tomorrow. Mind as well go full speed ahead at doing the things we believe in and find meaning in (i.e. learning about the world, expanding our horizons, and getting in touch with ourselves).

Call me fatalist, but what's the point of holding back anyways?

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2008-09-22 18:26 - De-mystifying The Financial Crisis

As you can tell, this issue has been on my mind now that the sh*t has hit the fan (although I knew it'd get to a point where taxpayers are bailing out corporate and government crooks).

Nonetheless, I get the sense that the implications of this financial crisis are not well understood by the common lay people (me included). But Julie found a decent Q & A article where the most common questions are addressed.

After reading through this, my position on the bailout has changed, but the proposal by Paulson, Bernanke, Bush, et. al. was still unacceptable. I'm glad the Democrats in Congress are at least pushing back and trying to negotiate terms to protect the middle class though I still don't agree with protecting the homeowners who got in over their heads.

Moreover, I'd like to see the CEOs, executives, politicians, and other accomplices on Wall Street who exacerbated this mess to surrender their earnings and bonuses obtained from all the artificial wealth that strained the financial system in the first place. Preferably (as much as this is nothing more than a pipe dream), I'd like to see the crooks be responsible for at least 50% of the proposed $700 Billion the Treasury is asking for while the taxpayers stomach the rest as punishment for voting in these crooks to office (and still continuing to do so!).

In any case, check out this informative Q & A and get the 411 on what's going on and what this means to you [read more]

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2008-09-24 16:30 - Reduced Price For New Zealand Waterfalls Book

We've dropped the street price of A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls from $24.95 to $19.99.

As usual, you can buy the book from Amazon.com, direct from us, or from a variety of booksellers in Australia and New Zealand..

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2008-09-27 07:00 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

OK, so we're a little behind about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but the movie came out while we were busy traveling in both Australia and Africa. And when time is so precious (and expensive) when you're on holiday abroad, who has the time to go sit for several hours in a movie theater when there are sights to see and new experiences to gain?

Nevertheless, we ended up seeing this movie sometime in the middle of July so there was no queue and we had our choice of seats.

I guess sometimes being late for the party isn't all that bad :)

Anyways, the latest Indiana Jones movie features our favorite waterfall - Iguazu Falls. However, the creators of the movie took some liberties with this world class attraction and it's easily misleading if you haven't been there before. This became apparent when I was asked recently about the falls having three drops that progressively got larger as they went down. Uh, well, that was a bit of Hollywood movie magic, and here's the proof:


  1. The Devil's Throat does not have drops above it

  2. There's an extremely slim (more like none) chance you'd survive going over any part of Iguazu let alone the Devil's Throat

  3. The first drop came from Kulaniapia Falls
  4. in Hawaii and not Iguazu Falls

  5. You can't go behind the Devil's Throat!

I hope that clears it up a bit. Still, there's nothing like seeing one of earth's greatest wonders in person. If you're able to do it, go for it!

It sure beats watching it on a screen! [read more]

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2008-09-29 16:32 - Nicole Kidman's Kununurra Water-induced Fertility?

When I first heard about this bit of news this weekend about Nicole Kidman's claim that the waters of Kununurra somehow made her (as supposedly seven other women) more fertile, I wondered if this is nothing more than a publicity stunt to increase buzz and exposure to Nicole Kidman's latest movie Australia.

So which "waters" in Kununurra was she talking about?

Apparently, it's the Emma Gorge Waterfall near the exclusive El Questro Emma Gorge Resort along the Gibbs River Road just west of Kununurra in Western Australia.

But if you're spending time in Kununurra, you mind as well check out one of Australia's most spectacular waterfalls - Mitchell Falls.

I doubt it's going to make you more fertile, but I also doubt the Emma Gorge Waterfall will do the same.

I'm sure Nicole Kidman disagrees. Then again, does she really?

Check out the trailer of the movie Australia. After the advertisement, pay particular attention to the 56th second of the trailer, which shows a quick shot of Mitchell Falls.

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2008-09-30 21:09 - How Are Waterfalls Formed?

I've just posted up a Featured Article that seeks to answer this very question.

This is just one part of a series of featured articles that will comprise what I'm calling "Waterfalls 101".

Stay tuned for more on the curriculum. In the mean time, discover for yourself how waterfalls are formed... [read more]

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