Reed Travel Features
SAN FRANCISCO -- Any book entitled "Wild Places --20 Journeys
Into the North American Outdoors" must be expected to contain the
story of at least one Alaska-Yukon wilderness experience.
The book, edited by nature-adventure writer Paul McHugh, does
Among the true tales of travel in remote spots in this continent
is one written by McHugh of a rafting and camping trip, starting in
Haines, Alaska, along the Tatsenshini River through Canada's
McHugh's account of his almost spiritual wilderness experience
-- like the others (about Utah's Sage Country, the Louisiana bayou
and Maine's Mount Katahdin, for example) -- lifts "Wild Places" out
of the realm of ordinary travel books.
This is no how-to-get-there, where-to-stay, what-to-see
The accounts vividly capture the feel, the sights, the sounds
and, yes, the danger of each of the areas described.
The reader almost can feel the quiver running through McHugh's
body, for instance, when he finds evidence that strongly suggests
he is standing where a brown bear might have stood only minutes
before and that he might, at the time of his discovery, be under
the baleful gaze of the bear, lurking somewhere in the trees, just
"My brain reels," McHugh writes, upon realizing his danger. "All
the hair on my body bristles [and] electric waves of adrenaline
wash down my arms and up the back of my neck."
The 320-page book, published by San Francisco-based Foghorn
Press, is available in bookstores.
The price is $15.95; to order, call (800) 364-4676.