Waterfalls I have seen and admired

Rivers have what man most respects and longs for in his own life and thought – a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. [J. Kauffman]

This partly explains what I love about waterfalls. To sit and watch the water flowing steadily before breaking up and plunging into a turbulent pool. And the sounds – murmurs of bubbling piccolos above then crashing cymbals at the bottom. Truly a symphony of sound and sight.

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Giant Steps is the name of this waterfall in Banff National Park, Canada. My good friend, Mary Ann and I trudged along for many miles but couldn’t find it. Suddenly there it was in the distance across a large meadow. I was a bit worried because Mary Ann was tuckered out, but she revived on some trail-mix. There and back we hiked 14 miles and saw only two other hikers. Several years later I returned alone. But the Ranger wouldn’t let me take the trail — said I needed a group of seven folks to hike, because a grizzly bear had made a home in the area and seven people would make enough noise to keep him away.

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Rifle falls is near the small town of Rifle, Colorado, and is a magical place. You drive in through miles and miles of bare, blah, flat scenery, when suddenly you come across this thundering apparition.

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These falls are easy to miss because they lie just above the main Jemez falls (sign on state highway 4) in the Jemez mountains about 30 miles from Los Alamos. Kara, my g-daughter, and Kennedy look like they’re scrambling to get away from an alligator!

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The pretty Falls at Hanging Lake, about 10 miles out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It’s a steep climb up there, but the hiker is rewarded with an enchanting scene.

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Turner Falls was a nice surprise in southern Oklahoma, off Interstate 35 between Pauls Valley and Ardmore.

Stepdaughter Kim with Fallon, Kelby, and Kara. I lived in Tulsa over 20 years but had never heard of Turner Falls, until this year. A great swimming hole for the kiddos in summertime, and close to a nifty place that sells delicious Fried Pies.

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These falls are called El Porvenir, a hidden gem of a hike out of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Yes, our state also has a Las Vegas. The trail winds through an enormous gorge, but the trailhead is a bit hard to find.

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This is one of the spectacular falls on the waterfall circuit out of Cairns, north Queensland, Australia. My brother Neil and his wife Lyn.

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Last, but certainly not least, are the famous Millaa-Millaa Falls also on the waterfall circuit of tropical north Queensland.

I would love to hear about your favorite waterfall – pls add its name and place in the Comment box below.
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The Gray Nomad ….. Travel to enjoy spectacular nature.
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And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
[Book of Isaiah, chapter 30.]

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Don Compton
Don Compton
1 month ago

Yes, Ian, those certainly are beautiful waterfalls….much better than the 4 walls I have been staring at for the past nine months.

Susan Thompson Landers
Susan Thompson Landers
1 month ago

Ian, I recently found this passage from Shakespeare and it suits you to a “T”, I believe. It certainly touched me.

“And this our life, free from public haunt, finds tongues in trees and books in running brooks and sermon’s in stones and good in everything.”

Are you familiar with it?

My Best,

Susan Landers

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