Category Archive: Wildlife

TheHotFlashPacker loves wildlife - birds, fish, and all the animals of the earth

Jul 30

Nusa Penida (Hottest New Spot off of Bali)

The 2016 edition of Indonesia Lonely Planet says of Nusa Penida: “Largely overlooked by tourists, Nusa Penida awaits discovery.  It’s an untrammeled place that answers the question: what would Bali be like if tourists never came?”.  Well, that was the wording in the previous editions and it makes me seriously wonder if LP skipped visiting …

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May 29

Camping in Komodo Park (Subtitle: Being chased by a Komodo Dragon when it’s that time of the month)

Visiting the Komodo Dragons has been a long-time dream of mine.  There’s something so interesting about seeing the deadly world’s largest lizard.  They have a poisonous venom that kills large prey slowly and then the dragon can eat the animal, bones and all.  Komodos typically eat once a month and will eat 80% of their …

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Apr 08

Visit Winnipeg, Manitoba (Subtitle: The Short Journey to Churchill)

Anyone on their way to or from Churchill, Manitoba should definitely consider a stop in Winnipeg.  Visiting the zoo is a nice companion to your Polar Bear excursions in Churchill. Traveled August, 2015. We arrived in the very nice Winnipeg airport Hampton Inn late in the evening after our long drive from Thompson that afternoon. …

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Apr 07

A Bear in Hudson Bay (Subtitle: Polar Bear Plunge)

Traveled Aug, 2015 Yeah… I see YOU!

Apr 07

Things to do in Churchill, Manitoba (Subtitle: Belugas, and Borealis, and Bears, Oh My!)

Traveled Aug, 2015 Upon train arrival in Churchill, the friendly Tundra Inn van met us passengers.  They hauled us and our luggage over to the inn to store for the day.  I had a beluga snorkeling trip booked for later that day, but that wasn’t until late afternoon (the schedule of the beluga trips varies …

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Apr 01

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Subtitle: Chernobyl Diaries)

Traveled May, 2016 Most people visiting Chernobyl do so in a whirlwind 1-day tour from Kyiv, with 2 hours diving each way.  It’s also possible to do longer trips, but these are much more expensive and for those that have a deep interest in Chernobyl.  My friend and I decided to do the middle trip …

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Mar 24

Snorkeling with Jellyfish (Palau)

  The most famous tourist site in Palau is arguably the Jellyfish Lake.  It’s one of only a few marine lakes in the world that are home to stingless Jellyfish.  At the time I visited, there were only 2 such discovered or known lakes in the world in Palau and Indonesia, but recently I have …

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Mar 10

A Whale of a Time (Destination: Port McNeill, BC)

Today was the longest drive of our trip, from Port Alberni to Port McNeill.  It was another rainy day but it didn’t matter much since we were mostly driving.  We broke up the ride by stopping at Elk Falls near Campbell River. We took a short hike over the hydro-power pipes and thru an old …

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Feb 19

An Israeli Road Trip

I have backpacked for years, always trying to make the best use of public transportation, flights, and tours.  As a solo traveler, I never really thought to rent a car because it was quite expensive for solo travel and not easy to navigate.  When researching Israel, I found that public transportation wasn’t super frequent and …

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