There’s a large Barnes and Noble located on Interstate 15 between Ogden and Salt Lake City. I drove by it frequently when I lived in Utah. Well, not exactly by it. Whatever vehicle I was driving, as if programmed, always took the turn leading into the bookstore’s parking lot.
Gypsy Lee, my RV, does the same thing these days for waterfalls. In fact, it will even detour many miles for a view of falling water.
OK! I admit it. I’m the vehicle programmer. The four-wheels moving my dog, Maggie, and I along only go where I tell them to go. But rarely do they pass up an opportunity to let me walk the aisles of a bookstore – Back of Beyond Books in Moab, Utah, is one of my favorites – or gaze at the tinkling splash of falling water, be it the thunderous Niagara Falls or the less noisy Firehole Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
While books open up the world of reality and imagination to our minds, waterfalls unfold one’s soul to magic. While logic tells us it’s simply water falling from someplace above, it appears to be so much more. I see waterfalls as Mother Nature showing off, the equivalent of a rainbow in the sky.
More importantly, a waterfall’s symphony of water pinging off rocks and into a pool below never fails to calm my spirit. You should envy me if a waterfall’s wonder doesn’t touch you in a similar way, too.
Now here’s 10 of my favorite waterfalls to add to your bucket list.
Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho.
Multnomah Falls, Highway 84, 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon.
Yellowstone Falls, Firehole Falls and Lewis Falls, Yellowstone Falls National Park, Wyoming
Niagara Falls, New York/Canada
Gorman Falls, Colorado Bend State Park, Texas
Upper Emerald Pools’ waterfalls, Zion National Park, Utah
St. Mary’s Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana
Natural Falls, Natural Falls State Park, Oklahoma
Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Canyon, Utah
Bridal Veil Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada