“On The Waterlogged Oregon Trail” (Oregon – March 27, 2009 to April 4, 2009)

Before we got deep into the white stuff (without chains), we decided to turn around and call it a defeat. So we wouldn’t see neither Koosah nor Sahalie Falls as I had feared…

“Lukewarm” (Sedona, AZ – March 12, 2009 to March 15, 2009)

…this trip seemed like it wasn’t meant to be because there was predicted bad weather (funny how the forecast gets worse after you make the booking last week) and Julie wasn’t feeling well…

“Unrecognizably Different” (Switzer Falls – March 7, 2009)

It has been about six years since our last trip to Switzer Falls. Back then, it was during a disappointingly dry winter so the falls itself was disappointing despite it being February…

“Failure To Be The Early Bird” (Sturtevant Falls – March 1, 2009)

It was a little before 9am when Mom, Julie, and I left the parents’ place for Sturtevant Falls. In my heart, I wanted to leave earlier, but with a combination of a long week of work…

“All About Timing” (Tenaja Falls and Ortega Falls – February 21, 2009)

I was getting a bit tired of stopping at some unknown pullout, getting out of the car, inspecting the scene for Ortega Falls, getting back on Hwy 74 without getting in an accident…

“Sandy Barber” (Solvang and Santa Barbara – February 13, 2009 to February 14, 2009)

I think it was almost eight or nine years ago since the last time Julie and I spent any bit of time in the Santa Barbara area for Valentine’s Day. Back then, we weren’t waterfallers…

“Spontaneous Escape” (Escondido Falls and La Jolla Canyon Falls – February 8, 2009)

It had been a very dry winter even despite some sporadic storms that showed up in November and December. But we knew January was unusually warm and was…

“Where’s Your Head At?” (Siem Reap, Cambodia – January 7, 2009 to January 9, 2009)

I was looking forward to the plane ride partially to at least try to get some sleep and fight off this apparent fever. But at the same time it was gonna be one hell of a long flight. Julie reminded..

“Ready Chedi?” (Northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia – December 28, 2008 to January 7, 2009)

Since we’re not even half way through our trip, this was worrisome. And sure enough after a few more minutes of touring the temples at Doi Inthanon, the lens got completely stuck. So from now on…

“One Night In Bangkok” (Southern Thailand – December 21, 2008 to December 28, 2008)

The taxi driver pointed to the alley way. This didn’t look like the street we arrived to the Baan Chantra in. So it looked like we were had and now we had to figure out where we were and how to get…

“Big Bamboo” (St Lucia – November 27, 2008 to December 1, 2008)

I had never driven on a 4wd road quite like this before. There were long, curvy, and steep stretches where some parts of the road were so badly beat up that they put concrete rails in which you…

“Just Now” (Kaieteur Falls – August 30, 2008 to September 1, 2008)

After a few minutes more of taking additional photos of the scene (trying to bring home tangible memories of this rarest of places on the planet), I finally took up on Robert’s suggestion…

“The Silver Tongue” (Egypt – June 26, 2008 to July 2, 2008)

Julie somehow didn’t buy his explanation. But after we surrendered the tip and went back to our hotel room did we look into our guidebook and learned that we had been scammed all along…

“A Hard Act To Follow” (Kenya – June 18, 2008 to June 24, 2008)

The next two hours or so of driving was torture for me. That was because my nausea returned and I knew that I was going to throw up again the next place…

“Back To Waterfalling In Uganda” (Murchison Falls and Mt Elgon, Uganda – June 13, 2008 to June 17, 2008)

Unfortunately, Julie started to feel fever and chills. It made her night sleepless, and the fear that she might be stricken with malaria also kept me awake all night…

“The Africa of Legend” (Serengeti, Tanzania – June 6, 2008 to June 12, 2008)

…we just sat there and watched the lions – seeing what they’re doing next; hopefully getting in better more photographable positions. What ensued was a bit more than we bargained for…

“Africa Is Not For Sissies” (Northern Zambia – May 28, 2008 to June 4, 2008)

Suddenly, Chester’s car made a loud bang and the entire backside of the car sank to the ground… when we all left the car, the severity of the situation became immediately known…

“The Zim-Zam Shuffle” (Victoria Falls – May 23, 2008 to May 26, 2008)

Julie alerted me to a rather unusual scene in front of us. Two giant baboons were frantically running across the bridge towards us and it seemed like we were in the way…

“Nemo Found” (Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – May 15, 2008 to May 21, 2008)

Now my head was really hurting at this point. I didn’t want to get out of the water because the scenery down here was as close to the Discovery Channel as I had ever seen…

“Disappointing déjà vu” (Brisbane, Whitsundays, and Central Queensland, Australia – May 10, 2008 to May 14, 2008)

Unfortunately, JC Slaughter Falls was bone dry! I knew it was a bad sign when we didn’t hear any water in the neighboring creeks. I guess it wasn’t meant to be despite there being…