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Swimming with Humpback Whales
Every year between July – October humpback whales migrate to the beautiful islands of Tonga.
Kahoʻolawe (/kəˌhoʊ.əˈlɑːwi/; Hawaiian: [kəˈhoʔoˈlɐve]) is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Kahoʻolawe is located about seven miles (11 km) southwest of Maui and also southeast of Lanai, and it is 11 mi (18 km) long by 6.0 mi (9.7 km) wide, with a total land area of 44.97 sq mi (116.47 km2). The highest point on Kahoʻolawe is the crater of Lua Makika at the summit of Puʻu Moaulanui, which is about 1,477 feet (450 m) above sea level. Kahoʻolawe is relatively dry (average annual rainfall is less than 65 cm or 26 in) because the island’s low elevation fails to generate much orographic precipitation from the northeastern trade winds, and Kahoʻolave is located in the rain shadow of eastern Maui’s 10,023-foot-high (3,055 m) volcano, Haleakalā. More than one quarter of Kahoʻolawe has been eroded down to saprolitic hardpan soil. Kahoʻolawe has always been sparsely populated, due to its lack of fresh water. During World War II, Kahoʻolawe was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. After decades of protests, the U.S. Navy ended live-fire training exercises on Kahoʻolawe in 1990, and the whole island was transferred to the jurisdiction of the state of Hawaii in 1994. […]
Mt. Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is either of two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest (It could also be any Everest base camp on given route, but this is less common since the two main routes became standardized) South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), and North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft).
National Biodiversity Centre – Serbithang, Bhutan
“Throughout the centuries, the Bhutanese have treasured their natural environment and have looked upon it as the source of all life. This traditional reverence for nature has delivered us into the twentieth century with our environment still richly intact. We wish to continue living in harmony with nature and to pass on this rich heritage to our future generations.” – His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Changangkha Lhakhang Monastery, Thimphu
In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you – Buddha
Trout Fishing in the Land of the Thunder Dragon
I woke early at 5:30 am for the nearly 4 hour drive to Haa. This is a region of Bhutan that is much less populated and the mountain wilderness is unforgiving. Haa is very pristine and a beautiful valley in western Bhutan. The river Haa Chhu is rather fast alpine river in altitude of approximately 2.700 meters. Due to this altitude it’s better fishing this time of year in the second half of April and in May or in September, otherwise it can be unpleasantly cold. My fishing buddy Jamyang hadn’t fished this stretch of the Haa Chhu river in a year or so he was excited to scout the area again. Fishing in Bhutan is restricted to certain rivers and some places like the entire Punakha and Wangdue districts, and Chamkhar chhu river in Bumthang are off-limits for fishing. Fishing remains underdeveloped since fishing for sport is unethical according to Buddhist traditions and its simply not an activity that most practicing Bhuddists take part. Catch & release fishing with barbless hooks are the preferred methods, no live bait is permitted since using live bait like a worm causes suffering on not only 1 sentient being but 2. according to […]