Top 5 Reasons to Support Your Local Waterfalls

In today’s fast paced culture, it’s easy sometimes to forget about the natural world and all of its beauty. But it’s up to all of us to help perserve its wonder for future generations, and one part that doesn’t get much media attention these days is a phenomena of unspeakable mystery. Your run-of-the-mill, garden-variety waterfall. Here’s the Top 5 reasons why you should make an effort to support your local waterfalls, because if you won’t help save them, who will?

5 – Amaze your friends by performing ‘miracles’

Walking in the Messiahs Footsteps

Walking in the Messiah's Footsteps

Since biblical times, people have found entertainment from slight of hand and magic. Waterfalls provide a stunning backdrop and offer aid in creating illusions that will make your friends’ jaw hit the floor.

4 – Rushing water drowns out stressful thinking

The Flow Pushes Stress Out

The Flow Pushes Stress Out

The flow of the water makes it hard to hang on to your thoughts and concerns, giving you at least a brief reprieve from all the toil you face in your daily life. Take the time to let go of your normal worries, because you have the more immediate concern of falling into a river with rocks and parts where you’ll drop a good thirty or forty feet. Makes paying your car insurance seem not so bad by comparison.

3 – Great place to hide treasure

Follow the Ledge to Untold Treasure

Follow the Ledge to Untold Treasure

The dangers inherent in waterfalls also make them a valuable resource for would-be pirates and smugglers. Why do you think so many movies and cartoons use the old cavern-behind-the-waterfall trick? Could it be because your local waterfall provides such a safe haven, ready to be filled with silver doubloons and’or Aztec gold? Which according to cashforgold.com, everyone seems to have an unending supply of.

2 – Can’t quite put your finger on it

Tree Hugger but Not Waterfall Hugger

Tree Hugger but Not Waterfall Hugger

The opening lyrics from Ween’s song “I Can’t Put My Finger on It” sums up a good portion of the mystery surrounding waterfalls.

Is it alive, does it writhe
Can it survive under the sun?
I can’t put my finger on it
Is it green, is it red
Is it alive or is it dead

Like smoke, clouds, and fire, waterfalls are a naturally occurring instance of something that we cannot really physically grasp. By it’s very nature, it eludes our reach, you can only hold the water that used to be a part of the waterfall, you can’t hold the actual waterfall. But human nature always wants to try to strive for the unobtainable, so waterfalls will always have a place in our folklore and traditional stories.

1 – Puts your mind in tune with the here and now

Meditating on the River

Meditating on the River

All of these factors come together to create a peaceful area in the world where you can forget about your own personal trials and tribulations, and simply meditate on the beauty and mystery of the universe, as demonstrated so serenely yet powerfully by the enigma of the not-so-common waterfall. So strap on your hiking shoes, unplug yourself from the digital world, and go out and find the mind-cleansing you need provided by gravity and water.

Photos courtesy Erin Elizabeth

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