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by Don Mankin

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I have to admit, I received this as an Early Reviewer book way back in June, and am just now getting around to reviewing it. I liked the idea behind the book a lot, and enjoyed reading about all the great places. I especially liked that it's geared toward the "mature" traveler, and gives details about the condition the traveler should be in for the various trips. However, I was very sorry it didn't include any maps, which is surprising, since it's published by National Geographic. I have other National Geographic travel books, and they all include little maps of the places described. This would be very helpful for some of the trips in particular, like the one to Baffin Island, the three different Sierra Madre trips, and the Brahmaputra and Malabar trip in India. I do want to say thanks to the Early Reviewer staff who picked this book for me. I'd love to go on every one of these trips. ( )
  janoorani24 | Dec 12, 2008 |
For someone who loves to travel but who hasn't just now got the time, money, or physical endurance to take an extreme trip, this is a great book. The trips are set out in chapters of a length easy to read while waiting in line to have your oil changed or waiting for the water to boil for the spagetti. The trips are well-described, and include approximate cost, length, endurance requirements, and special challenges, as well as anecdotes that the individual traveler experience on his/her own trip. The only fault I found with the book ~ and admittedly it's a small, picky one ~ was that there were no images, though, this was an ARC and perhaps the regularly published version will include pictures. ( )
  BookinBabe | Aug 24, 2008 |
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They should put a warning label on this book: “Caution! Reading more than two chapters of this book at one sitting may cause you to quit your job to do more adventure traveling before it’s too late!” I read “Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean” slowly –
partly to savor the descriptions of the adventure travel and partly because I found myself daydreaming about planning more and longer trips after I had read a chapter or two.

“Hulahula” is a “must read” book for seasoned (that is, experienced, older) travelers who are looking for new places to explore that are off the beaten track. The Hulahula is not a Hawaiian dance but a river in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and you get a first person account of what it is like to raft down it. The book also takes you “up close and personal” on encounters with mountain gorillas in Uganda, and you learn how one of the authors broke down in tears and proposed to his then-girlfriend at Machu Picchu, what it feels like to take a walking safari in Zambia and lots more.

The trips are described in first person narratives that give you a far better idea of what to expect than the standard guidebooks provide – if they cover the trips at all. You also get helpful hints about issues that those of us who are no longer twenty-somethings care about: what kind of shape you should be in to keep up with the others in your group, the toilet facilities, and whether the beds or camping spots will be friendly to people with bad backs. The book also includes useful information on the travel companies that specialize in each trip, possible variations on the trips and prices. My advice: read the book and then get going! Time’s a-wasting! ( )
5 vote TommyB | May 30, 2008 |
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My very first Early Review book, and a fine one it is.
Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean is a very enjoyable travel book, an excellent combination of the dreams ever travel book should bring out in us, combined with a good deal of practical advice that would make those dreams more possible.
From the coast of India, to the mountains of Peru, to the colorful lighthouses of the Magdalen Islands...complete with web addresses and phone numbers and lots of practical advice.

Whether you have your suitcase packed and ready to go....or will not likely venture far from your Strat-O-Lounger, I think you will find this book enjoyable. ( )
  caitemaire | May 17, 2008 |
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I would love to review this book, and fully intend to do so when my EarlyReviewer copy eventually materializes. For now, here are a few provisional words, placed here so that when I next request an EarlyReviewer copy, I at least appear to have honored my commitment to review the last book they were generous enough to send...
  kimsbooks | May 7, 2008 |
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