Word of Mouth
Looking for adventure? And I mean an ultimate adventure, not a mere walk in the woods? Then check out Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to Fifty Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, by Don Mankin and Shannon Stowell (National Geographic). Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), clearly knows his stuff. But I’ve known that for years. Full disclosure: I sit on the board of the ATTA and I’ve been friends with Stowell for some time. He’s done a lot of these trips, as has Mankin. And Stowell also knows plenty of people who put these trips together, tour operators who work in some of the most remote regions in the world. So if you’ve ever contemplated sea kayaking around Baffin Island, hiking in the Outer Hebrides or tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, this is for you. As for Riding the Hulahula? It’s a rafting trip on the Hulahula River in the Brooks mountain range in northern Alaska. Are you packing those duffel bags yet?