About Us

Julie admiring Haifoss in Iceland

Who are we?

My name is Johnny, and I'm the author of the World of Waterfalls. My wife's name is Julie. Julie and I started this adventure as a duo, but now we're a trio thanks to our daughter Tahia who we've taken on our travels with us.

Why waterfalls?

Back in 2000, I was in graduate school and working full time. Julie was also working full time. So as we were looking for ways to balance our lives, Julie had this idea about doing local hikes to waterfalls on the weekends. After all, we were nature lovers and it just seemed like one of those ideas that made a lot of sense to us. We quickly learned that just engaging in this activity recharged us. When we shared the love with friends and family, we also learned that we were able to spend quality time with each other while out waterfalling. These days, we're looking for any excuse to seek out waterfalls as they tend to coincide with the most meaningful moments of our lives.

Why go around the world for waterfalls?

In addition to waterfalls, Julie also had a passion for travel. She always wanted to go places, and in our early days of being together, she managed to get me over my fear of flying to explore places like Cancun, Maui, and Tahiti. When we realized the benefits of waterfalls, we wanted to combine these passions. We not only got to experience diversity in the people, the food, the environments, the culture, and the languages, but we also got to experience nature in these foreign lands. In fact, many waterfalls forced us to go well off the beaten tourist paths, which allowed us to stumble upon some relatively hidden gems (both waterfalling and non-waterfalling) that engaged us more with the locals while allowing us to see the most beautiful places on earth.

Where have we been?

Here's a list of the states we've been to in the United States, as well as the countries we've been to worldwide. Click here if you'd like to see the itineraries of the trips encompassing the locations below.

Southwest USA Trips: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah
Northwest USA Trips: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
Eastern USA Trips: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia
Canada Trips: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec
Caribbean Trips: Jamaica, Saint Lucia
Latin America Trips: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
Europe Trips: Croatia, England, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Scotland, Switzerland, Wales
Oceania Trips: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Vanuatu
Asia Trips: Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Maldives, Thailand
Africa / Middle East Trips: Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

World Map

Sometimes words don't adequately describe where we've been so here's a map of all the waterfalls we've been to around the world...

World of Waterfalls Map

Travel Photos

Just to give you an idea of how rewarding waterfall-themed travel can be, here's a gallery of random photos we've taken on our trips (all of which you can find sprinkled throughout this website)...

One of our longer trips was an around-the-world tour that included Victoria Falls on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border
Waterfalling in Africa also took us way off the beaten path such as the shores of Lake Tanganyika where we hiked to Kalambo Falls on the Tanzania/Zambia border
One of the more unique waterfalling experiences we've had was the chance to combine a wildlife safari with a waterfall at Murchison Falls in Uganda
Just because we're waterfalling doesn't mean we can't make detours to ancient sights like Abu Simbel in the Nile River Valley of Egypt
Our waterfalling adventures took us into the Narrows of Zion Canyon
Julie getting one of our more unique waterfalling experiences at Grand Falls - the so-called Chocolate Waterfall on the Little Colorado River in Arizona
Sometimes a waterfalling trip yields surprises like this scene of sun beams making their way into the dark depths of the Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona
Julie checking out on of many Erawan Waterfalls in Kanchanaburi, Thailand; one of the more interactive waterfall experiences we've had
Not far from a waterfall in Guilin, China was the Reed Flute Cave where we were dazzled by its spacious and moody interior
Who knew that waterfalling in rural China would yield such surreal scenery like here in one of China's most beautiful natural spots at Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan Province?
Waterfalling in a country like Japan allowed us to mix history, culture, and nature as exemplified here where Julie passes through a series of torii in Kyoto
Waterfalling made us curious about a country like India, where we also watched the skies and the Taj Mahal change colors as the sun was setting
One of our most atmospheric waterfalling experiences was through a busy market en route to the Courtallam Main Falls in Tamil Nadu, India
Waterfalling in places as intense as India allowed us to better appreciate island paradises like here in one of the islands of the Maldives
On our first visit to Australia, we sought out waterfalls in the more remote areas of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and surprised ourselves with places like Monkey Mia in WA, Australia
Here, Julie checks out Montezuma Falls in Tasmania from a harrowing swinging bridge suspended high above a gorge
One of our most adventurous waterfalling excursions that put us well out of our comfort zone took place at the remote Blencoe Falls in the outback of Queensland, Australia
Waterfalling has also been a family affair as shown here where my Mom made the scramble with me to the base of Peppermint Creek Falls in the Sequoia National Forest of California
One of our most memoralbe waterfall hikes was to the beach at the base of Alamere Falls in Point Reyes, California
Who knew that waterfalling in Canada could place us within the European charm of Quebec City?
One of our more surprising places to go waterfalling was to the Southeastern United States where Fall colors and sightings of places like Cumberland Falls in Kentucky left an impression on us
Another place where our waterfalling adventures took us was to New England where we also got to enjoy a lobster roll picnic with a view of the Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine
A second visit to Niagara Falls was very rewarding as we got to see Tahia's reaction to one of the Big 3 Waterfalls left in the world...
Another place where we made a re-visit for the benefit of enjoying it as a family was the Middle Falls of the Genesee River in Western New York
When we had to mix things up a bit (away from waterfalling), we managed to find a way to wander the mysterious paths in Oia, Santorini, Greece
While we were chasing waterfalls in a country as famous as France, we ended up being pleasantly surprised as we spent the night in the charming Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region
Thanks to mixing things up with waterfalls in a country like Italy, we not only prevented ourselves from historical fatigue, but we also discovered a place like Riva del Garda
Our waterfalling adventures on the Islands of Hawaii also led us to a spontaneous night hike that brought us close to lava on the Big Island
Waterfalls were plentiful in Iceland, but we were blown away by some of the scenery they stood in like the sea cliffs harboring the waterfall at Ketubjorg
Of course waterfall lovers like us had to make the adventure deep into the rainforests of Venezuela for the chance at seeing the world's tallest waterfall in Angel Falls
Without waterfalling, we might have never learned about a waterfall in a pristine part of earth such as Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
Julie and I quickly found our favorite waterfall in the world when we peered into the misty abyss at the Devil's Throat of Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil
Waterfalling also took us to the ends of the earth, such as Chilean Patagonia, where Julie and I challenged ourselves to the long hike to Las Torres del Paine
In our quest to see New Zealand's most spectacular waterfall in Sutherland Falls, we also managed to catch this surreal scene at the Milford Sound in New Zealand
Cathedral Cove was not far from our wedding site in Whitianga, New Zealand, when our waterfalling endeavors went international
Sometimes we had to go on an excursion where its success wasn't a sure thing like this hike to Valursfossen in Norway, where we took advantage of the long days to get here at 9pm!
Some of the waterfalls we encountered were fed by glaciers, and that meant we had opportunities to get close to some of them like the Briksdal Glacier in Norway
Our waterfalling adventures also took us to crazy beautiful scenes like this one at the head of the Eikesdal Valley in Norway where countless nameless waterfalls draped the valley
We've even been compelled to go waterfalling in Tahiti, which also included a visit to the beautiful lagoons of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
We've been to Yosemite Falls so many times that it seems like an old friend
When we went waterfalling in Yellowstone (specifically Fairy Falls), we managed to get this unorthodox view of the Grand Prismatic Spring
Waterfalling also compelled us to visit other lesser known waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon such as Elowah Falls
Because of our passion for waterfalls, we even went into remote jungles such as the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand for the Thi Lo Su Waterfall
Our waterfalling adventures took us into Japan's wildest region at Shiretoko National Park in Hokkaido
At Catarata Gocta in Northern Peru, we saw ancient fossils, Chachas ruins, and plenty of scenery on the waterfall trail that was previously unknown to non-locals until 2006
Our waterfalling passion also took us to Croatia and the Plitvice Lakes, which was a place we might have never even considered visiting if it wasn't for waterfalls
In Italy, we managed to mix up charm, history, food, and culture with waterfalls.  That kept us from falling prey to the Medieval fatigue and allowed us to better enjoy places like Venice...
Julie and I firmly believe that waterfalls are located in some of the most beautiful spots on earth, and this photo of Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland confirms that claim!

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