About the World of Waterfalls
The World of Waterfalls
is a website that allows us to document and share our personal waterfalling experiences. It gives us a way to relive and engage in some of the most treasured moments of our lives while also providing a means for people like you to do the same!
Our interest in waterfalls and waterfall-themed travel grew from experiences we had when my wife, Julie, began taking me to local waterfalls in the Los Angeles area. It was a means of getting away from the stress of graduate school and our jobs.
Surprising both of us, a wish to see a few modestly-sized waterfalls quickly resulted in an addicting desire to see as many waterfalls as we could together. Soon local trips to places such as the Santa Monica Mountains, Angeles National Forest, and the San Bernardino Mountains became replaced with road trips to the mountains and coasts of Central and Northern California (including Yosemite National Park), as well as the deserts and canyons of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.
However, we didn’t stop there. Our trips expanded to Yellowstone National Park, the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, and Hawai’i. Yet eventually even these places started to feel "local."
Ultimately, we endeavored to collect waterfall sightings in destinations around the world - including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa among others - in addition to places closer to home. From our travels, we have learned much about the world and about ourselves. We've "re-discovered" our passion for nature and travel - constantly discovering and learning new things while expanding our horizons as we go.
We've come to the realization that waterfall-themed travel could very well be the most fulfilling way to explore the world independently. By using waterfalls as the excuse to explore places (regardless of whether they're off-the-beaten track or popular spots), we were still able to mix things up and visit non-waterfall sights that were famous as well as surprising. Plus, we're now able to bring our daughter along to share in our experiences while accelerating her learning well beyond the classroom.
From such a different way of traveling, we have also better appreciated how locals have adapted to their environment and how that has influenced their culture. Add it all up, and we believe waterfalling the world yielded experiences that were uncontrived, immersive, diverse, surprising, memorable, deeply moving, and uniquely ours
. Want to see which waterfalls we've been to so far? Check out this world map
Indeed, we've taken to heart the expression that "variety is the spice of life." And what better way to do it than visiting waterfalls that come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors.
While independent travel like this involves a bit more upfront research (as any customized, non-cookie-cutter trip would require), that's where our personal experiences shared through the World of Waterfalls can also be a useful resource to plan for your own life-changing waterfalling trip. We hope that you can gain from our knowledge as well as those of readers who have generously contributed their knowledge. And even if you're only interested in armchair traveling, we hope you'll find the content entertaining, educational, and enlightening.
Finally, I want to say that through this project, Julie and I have come to appreciate that even the act of waterfalling itself or just sharing the waterfalls that we love has managed to unify people from all walks of life. Regardless of ethnicity, political orientation, age, or gender, the love of waterfalls bridges our differences and brings out the best of what makes the world the wonderful and diverse place that it is.
So browse through these pages, go seek out waterfalls, and explore the best of your
world - one waterfall at a time!
Johnny T. Cheng
Author/Webmaster of World of Waterfalls
PS: If you have any questions about our website or the topic of waterfalls, please do not hesitate to use the Contact Us
form and let us know what's on your mind.
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)...
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