NEW updates to my waterfalls bucket list

Happy Sunday!

Well, October passed in a blink, right!?! We had a blast the last week of October. We traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, and saw the beautiful fall colors in the area right at their peak! How lucky was that? Some areas, like in the Great Smoky National Park were past peak, but around Asheville the colors were GORGEOUS!

We hiked almost every day and saw multiple waterfalls. So, today I updated my Waterfalls Bucket List. We added 11 to the list, just from this trip, and we barely scratched the surface of NC Waterfalls!

Our hikes were spectacular! Perfect weather for hiking and check out these colors:

Another waterfall…

I’ll probably share more pics in a few days if I get around to it.

If you Google “Best places to visit in the fall”, Asheville NC is top of the list. I definitely agree, Google!!!

Have a great day. Do or learn something NEW!

NEW update on my waterfall bucket list

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

Happy Friday! Well, in the last year and a half, I think I visited about 7 NEW waterfalls, so I thought I’d better update my Waterfall Themed Bucket List {HERE}. I’m up to about 34, so lots more to see until I get to 100!

Visiting Yosemite National Park gave us ample opportunities to check off a few! Beautiful!

Nevada Falls from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, UT
Box Canyon Springs Waterfall, Wendell, ID

Have a great weekend and I hope you get to do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Thursday thought


Happy Thursday! I hope my future self will thank me for chasing all the waterfalls that I do! Last weekend I crossed off another one off my waterfall bucket list.  This is Mesa Falls in Idaho – near the south end of Yellowstone Park.  It was very chilly, but the strength of the water rushing over the cliff was fantastic.  I chased this little guy around, trying to get his photo…squirrel.jpg

The top photo is known as ‘Upper Mesa Falls’, and this is Lower Mesa Falls:


What are you going to do today that your future self will thank you for?  Leave a comment and let me know! Do something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

We’ve just returned from a week or so of traveling and now it’s time to update my “100 Waterfall Bucket List“! The photo above is of Hog’s Back Falls in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  We also saw Rideau Falls in Ottawa and Montmorency Falls near Quebec City. I really LOVE waterfalls!

AND…funny thing…I recently read this article “The Most Jaw Dropping Waterfalls in all 50 states”  and it lists the waterfall in front of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada as that state’s best waterfall!  I understand that Nevada is the driest state and they probably don’t have any natural waterfalls.  I’ve been to the Mirage Hotel’s waterfall.  Can I count it?….Should I count it as one of my 100?  Let me know what you think! :o)

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{Rideau Falls, Ottawa, Canada}


{Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada}

Have a great day!  Do something NEW…maybe work on a NEW bucket list?!?




Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Well, this last weekend I got to cross one more waterfall off my 100-WaterFalls-Bucket-List.

Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho {DONE}!  It was a great time of year to go.  SO much water rushing over those cliffs!  I understand that sometimes there’s only a drizzle, depending on how much water the farmers are using for their crops up-stream, the amount of run-off that year etc.  The time of day we went to visit the falls was obviously great too — that rainbow was there the entire time.  Cool huh?  Shoshone Falls is sometimes referred to as “The Niagara Falls of the West”. Although I love the falls, the surrounding scenery is quite a bit greener at Niagara, NY/Canada!

Next miscellany: How do you text ‘Thank You’?  I usually just text Thx, but I understand 10Q is also an option. :o)  So, when we had Student Employee Appreciation Week at the University where I work, I stayed up late one night and made this batch of ’10Q’ cookies.  HA! The students thought I was so clever, ha ha ha!


And lastly, this miscellaneous humor (I texted this to my police officer son) :o)

A blonde was driving down the road and she looks up and sees a tree so she swerves to the left. The tree is still in front of her so she swerves to the right, this time her car rolls into the ditch. When the police officer came, the blonde told him about the tree that was in front of her. The officer kindly explained that the tree was the green air freshener hanging off her rear view mirror.

{Sorry, corny eh? But it made me smile.}

Have a great week!  Do or learn something NEW!






a NEW thematic bucket list


I love, loVE, LOVE waterfalls, so I’m gonna keep track of the ones I visit and try to cross off a bucket list of visiting 100 waterfalls. I’ve gotta get busy! Just so I don’t get overwhelmed, I’ll list the three I “plan-to-go-to next” at the top. So, here we go:

**Havsupi Falls, Arizona

**Burney Falls, Shasta County, California

**Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

  1. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica {done}
  2. Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota {done}
  3. Multnomah Falls, Oregon {done}
  4. American Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  5. Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  6. Horseshoe Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  7. Bridal Veil Falls, Provo, Utah{done}
  8. Akaka Falls in Hilo, Hawaii {done}
  9. Emerald Pools Waterfall, Zion National Park, Utah {done}
  10. Horsetail Falls, Alpine, Utah{done}
  11. Cascade Falls, Brianhead, Utah{done}
  12. Upper Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  13. Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  14. Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle, Washington {done}
  15. Kanarraville Falls, Kanarraville, Utah {done}
  16. Toquerville, Falls, Toquerville, UT {done}
  17. Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, ID {done}
  18. Twin Falls, ID {done}
  19. St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis, MN {done}
  20. Hog’s Back Falls, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada {done}
  21. Rideau Falls, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada {done}
  22. Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada {done}
  23. Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho {done}
  24. Lower Mesa Falls, Idaho {done}
  25. Talcott Falls, New York {done}
  26. Pixley Falls, New York {done}
  27. Stewart Falls, Sundance, UT {done}
  28. Battle Creek Fall, Pleasant Grove, UT {done}
  29. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA {done}
  30. Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA {done}
  31. Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA {done}
  32. Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA {done}
  33. Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, UT {done}
  34. Grizzly Falls, Kings Canyon, CA {done}
  35. Box Canyon Springs Waterfall, Wendell, ID {done}
  36. Bullion Falls, Marysvale, UT {done}
  37. High Falls, Dupont State Forest, North Carolina {done}
  38. Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest, North Carolina {done}
  39. Linville Falls, North Carolina {done}
  40. Pearson’s Falls, Polk County, North Carolina {done}
  41. Hickory Nut Falls, North Carolina {done}
  42. Mingo Falls, North Carolina {done}
  43. Tom Branch Falls, North Carolina {done}
  44. Juneywhank Falls, North Carolina {done}
  45. Indian Creek Falls, North Carolina {done}
  46. Soco Falls, North Carolina {done}
  47. Whitewater Falls, North Carolina {done}
  48. Bowen Falls, New Zealand {done}

NEW waterfall photos


Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week – mostly with playing catch-up from being gone over Labor Day weekend.  You know how that goes, right?

We had a fun weekend. These falls are called Toquerville Falls. We had planned to go to this spot the same weekend we hiked Kanarraville Falls (remember that post?)…but even with our four-wheel drive vehicle, we thought the road was too rough and we turned around without making it.  But we took our ATVs this trip, and it was SO much more fun!


Fun ATV ride, beautiful waterfalls, family time, good weekend.  I hope you all had a safe and lovely holiday!  Enjoy your day and learn or do something NEW!


a NEW song-ography


Happy Sunday!

I’ve been wanting to play along with a song-ography at You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out for a long time…and I finally got to it!  Yesterday hubby and I went on a hike to see this waterfall.  Well, it was quite the adventure!  We made it to this look-out point, but somehow we missed the trail to go down to the actual falls.  It started pouring rain on us and by the time we got home, we were totally drenched.  You’d think we went swimming in our hiking clothes!  I appreciate my hubby so much.  He had a meeting he could’ve attended, but he knew that I wanted to do this, so he didn’t go to the meeting.  I’m grateful he is striving to keep a balance, because he has had a few meetings lately that have encroached into family time.  I love him lots and dedicate this song-ography to him:

Waterfall by Chris Tomlin

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall
Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

random notes from our NEW travels


Hey everyone! Well, we’re back from our travels to Minnesota.  We’ve never been to that beautiful state, so it was all NEW to us.  Above is my favorite photo from the trip.  I’m ECSTATIC that this photo turned out as well as it did, given that I used a longer shutter speed without a tripod!   Woohoo!  Minnesota was really green and pretty!  Tons of water in that state….especially this year!  The Mississippi river and all the creeks around town were almost at flood stage.  But Mother Nature was very kind to us, and the weather was gorgeous while we were there….only a trickle of rain the entire week. {Thank you!}  This photo is of Minnehaha Falls.  I love waterfalls!  They are so gorgeous and powerful!  I also enjoyed learning some of the local history.  Quite a bit of it related to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, ‘The Song of Hiawatha’.  That was interesting, because I’m somehow related to the poet (probably in a round about way) and most of my time in MN was working on family history.  I’ll share a bit more in future posts about that.

Well, have a great Saturday!  Do or Learn something NEW!.