Adventures of a Lifetime Photo Gallery

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This photo of the Hulahula River Valley was taken on the third day of an 11-day raft trip in northern Alaska. The river begins in the Brooks Range and runs through the coastal plains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ending in the Arctic Ocean 90 miles later. It was named by a crew of 19th-century Hawaiian whalers on a ship stuck in ice at the river's mouth. Read more about rafting the Hulahula in Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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Like many of his generation, author Don Mankin cut his wilderness teeth in California's Sierra Nevada's in the 1960s and 70s. Because carrying a 60-pound backpack up steep trails has lost its appeal, he now lets horses and mules do most of the work as he answers the call of mountain lakes, granite calderas, and lush green meadows. Read more about backpacking the High Sierras in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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Machu Picchu is on almost everyone's 'life list,' but its charm can be lost among the hordes of tourists. One approach is to hike the Inca Trail through the iconic mountain scenery and past less famous, but still striking, ruins. This also allows you to enter the ruins before most of the tourist buses arrive in mid-morning. Read more about hiking the Inca Trail in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Incredible red sand dunes grace the base of chapadas (plateaus) in this remote region in the relatively new state of Tocantins, deep in the heart of Brazil. Tocantins lies at the southern reaches of the Amazon drainage where the population is minimal, the rivers are clean, and wildlife still abounds. Read more about exploring Tocantins in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Gerardo Shulman 
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The archipelago of St. Kilda lies in the stormy North Atlantic, 50 miles from the still-remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. The barren, rocky islands are home to thousands of migratory sea birds and the former home of a community that abandoned the islands in 1930. This photo shows the sheltered bay at the foot of the only human settlement in St. Kilda. Read more about hiking the Outer Hebrides in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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A cyclist rides through Italy's Chianti region during a six-day bike tour of the Tuscan countryside. Along with Tuscany's beautiful scenery, historic villas, and rustic medieval villages, riders enjoy sumptuous meals and fine wines at stops along the route. Plus, the challenging cycling allows riders to eat and drink aplenty without feeling too guilty. Read more about biking through Tuscany in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: courtesy, Backroads 
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A relaxed silverback mountain gorilla in Uganda's aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest contemplates his midday snack while awestruck humans take his picture. This photo was taken as part of an 11-day wildlife safari to track Bwindi's mountain gorillas; out of camera range, but very close, was a 400-pound blackback. Read more about Uganda's mountain gorillas in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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Shadows of camels and riders at sunset near the oasis town of Ksar Ghilane, located at the edge of the Sahara Desert in Tunisia. A trip to Tunisia will not only feature the evocative Sahara but also ancient Phoenician and Roman ruins, exotic medinas and souks, and the oldest synagogue in North Africa. Read more about exploring Tunisia in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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Young girls from the Miao tribe, in Guizhou, China, show off their silver and hand-embroidered finery. Miao often dress up for ceremonies and singing, especially for visiting dignitaries and tourists. A tour of Guizhou province in Southern China also features stops at other villages, hikes through lush forests, and visits to vast caves and spectacular waterfalls. Read more about exploring China in the book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Shelley Stowell, Adventure Travel Trade Association 
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A monk walks through the grounds of Wat Wisunarat, the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other places to visit in this Southeast Asian gem include the enigmatic archaeological site, the Plain of Jars, and the graceful city of Vientiane, Laos's modern capital. Read more about exploring Laos in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
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This 'wigman' is preparing for a sing-sing at Ambua Lodge in Papua New Guinea. Wigmen grow long hair and then cut it off to weave into wigs decorated with feathers, sticks, and other objects. The wigs are worn at performances—sing-sings—that take the place of now-banned tribal wars, with performers competing for prizes rather than for each other's heads. Read more about exploring Papua New Guinea in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Martin L. Richter 
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This photo of the Antarctica interior was shot during an eight-day trip to the Patriot Hills camp, 670 miles from the South Pole and a 4.5-hour flight from Punta Arenas, Chile. To experience total solitude, the photographer and several others rode skimobiles to a line of distant hills about 15 miles away, where they camped for the night. Read more about exploring Antarctica in the book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, available from Amazon.com.  
Credit: Don Mankin 
 

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