Issue 109 | Lord Howe Island
Plus: Searching for red pandas, descending into a volcano and more.
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Happy Friday! This is Adventure Fix, the weekly email that pays tribute to Earth’s power, energy, and extraordinary biodiversity, immersing you in the captivating beauty of the untamed natural world.
Here’s what we've got for you today:
Remote Places: Lord Howe Island, Australia
Wildlife Experiences: Searching for red pandas in the Himalayas
Natural Wonders: The Maldives’ Sea of Stars
Extreme Experiences (new section): Descending into the heart of a volcano
Searching for the Firefox in the Himalayas
Deep in the mountains and jungles of Nepal, India, Myanmar, and China lives a fast, nimble, and adorable creature - the red panda.
It’s a rare and mysterious animal with only a few left of its kind in the wild.
Up until recently, an encounter in the wild was considered nearly impossible because they live in dense bamboo forests at high altitudes. As more conservation and research organizations began tracking red pandas, the opportunity for tourists to spot them is also increasing.
At the foothills of the Himalayas at the Nepal - India border, you can be guided through the forests to search for this elusive ‘firefox’ as many locals call them.
The hours spent trekking through rough terrain pay off when you catch your first glimpse of these expert climbers scrambling along the branches of a massive tree. Watch them go about their day as they play fight with their siblings, jumping and rolling around then getting their energy back by sunbathing while munching on bamboo leaves.
Even researchers who have spent years living amongst red pandas say if you encounter them in the wild it feels like a miracle every time.
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Lord Howe: Australia’s treasure island
Imagine a place packed with species found nowhere else on Earth.
No, it’s not the Galapagos, it’s Lord Howe Island - a unique microcosm between Australia and New Zealand with plants and animals that have only just begun to be researched.
Here is the only place you’ll find creatures like the flightless Lord Howe Woodhen (Gallirallis sylvestris), once regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world, and the Lord Howe Island Phasmid (Dryococelus australis), the world’s largest stick insect that was feared extinct until its rediscovery on Balls Pyramid.
Rising up from the depths of the ocean, this isolated island group is the remnants of ancient volcanoes, which slopes and cliffs create some stunning and dramatic landscapes.
Wander through the rainforest trails, watch rainbow-colored fish swirl around you as you snorkel the world's southernmost coral reef, stroll white sand beaches, and discover rocky coves teeming with magnificent birdlife.
There are only around 300 people living full-time on the island and only 400 visitors are allowed at any one time, making the opportunity to explore Lord Howe even more special.
If you’re looking to be immersed in nature, spot one-of-a-kind wildlife, and escape the crowds of mass tourism, Lord Howe should be on your radar.
The Maldives’ shimmering Sea of Stars
During the late summer months in the reefs of The Maldives, a beautiful phenomenon takes place. When you combine bioluminescent phytoplankton and crashing waves, you get a glowing sea of stars - an incredible shimmering effect.
One of the best places to see this light show and feel like you are in the whale scene from Life of Pi is Vaadhoo Island.
Descending into the heart of a volcano
Ever wonder what it’s like to take a journey toward the center of the earth?
In Iceland, you can turn that curiosity into reality at the dormant Þríhnúkagígur volcano.
Normally when a volcano erupts, the magma cools, solidifies, and fills the cone. But after Þríhnúkagígu erupted, the magma disappear, leaving a uniquely preserved cavity, making it ripe for exploration.
To experience this geological oddity, all you need to do is go on a hike to the crater’s edge and have the guts to be lowered 400 feet to the bottom in an open cable lift.
As the elevator lowers you deeper and deeper you can see the different layers of the volcano. When you reach the last stop, you can walk around huge boulders and incredible formations.
Which one are you?: Day hiker vs thru-hiker.
Science: How genetics rescued the Florida panther.
Fearbuster: There are no demons of the sea.
Where in the world
Wanna flex your adventure geography skills? Guess where this pic was snapped!
Stumped? No worries. The answer is at the end of this email.
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