Spring Thaws Mean Waterfalls...the time to
fall for Water in California
Californians have been given the message: Water
is a precious commodity and the amount of it is not enough to meet
everyone's needs. That's why the public loves its water, and falls for
waterfalls during the spring thaw.
Snow melts from the Sierra Mountains create a
beautiful site, a great ride for white water rafting trips, and the ideal
time to tour the areas where waterfalls exist.
Several best bets for waterfall sightings in
Calif. are the Shasta Cascade in Northern California, and Yosemite National
Park, in late April and early May, when maximum viewing exists. We've been
there in the spring and seen several. They mesmerize tourists who drive
hundreds of miles or fly thousands of miles distance to enjoy California's
outdoor resources and attractions.
Waterfalls can be seen in Northern
California's Shasta Cascade:
Whiskeytown Falls - Whiskeytown National
Frazier Falls - Lakes Basin Recreation Area
Kings Creek Falls - Lassen Volcanic National
McCloud Falls - McCloud
Grey Falls - west of Burnt Ranch
Feather Falls - Lake Oroville
Burney Falls, located in Burney McArthur State
Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park peak
activity in May
Vernal Fall - at Glacier Point... narrows and
separates into one, two, or three falls as water flows decrease
Nevada Fall - from Mist Trail (594 feet)
Ribbon Fall seemingly falls out of the sky on an
Ribbon Fall- from just beyond the turn for
Bridalveil Fall on the drive into Yosemite Valley (1,612 feet)
Horsetail Fall from east of El Capitan (1,000
Illilouette Fall - Panorama Trail, a few miles
from Glacier Point (370 feet)
Wapama Falls - from the parking lot at
O’Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Valley (1,400 feet)
Chilnualna Falls - hike in Wawona on steep trail
Waterfalls normally run considerably lower in
late summer. Water for Californians massive population and farming comes
from the snow melt and water that flows from the mountains in waterfalls and
streams to reservoirs that capture the fresh water source. Waterfalls offer
visual beauty and sounds as the water rushes from steep mountains down
rocks, along crevices and spills into lakes, rivers and streams.
The human body is 55 to 60% water, and blood is
approx. 95% water. Humans lose about 1 cup of water each day through normal
breathing and activities.
California was in its third year of water
drought and citizens were urged to cut back use of water by 20% back in 2009.
2010 brought above average rainfall, and some splendid waterfalls viewing.