The winner of the 3rd contest selected The Blue Bear by Lynn Schooner a book I truly enjoyed. The author starts out as a guide for a Japanese nature photographer, Michio Hoshino, in Alaska where they become friends and search for an elusive bear that is said to have blue tinged fur. One of the books that inspired my desire to visit Alaska. Sadly, Michio was killed by a grizzly in Russia in 1996. Read more
The winner of the second contest selected The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin. I had this book to get me ready for the trip to the Galapagos Islands that I took in November of 2008. I remember getting a bit bogged down with it as it covers his entire journey of a couple years. As my time to go to the islands approached I skipped ahead to his visit there which I found more entertaining. Read more
The winner of the first contest selected In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. A really funny set of tales from his journeys around Australia. I got this book before my career break in 2006/07, a good portion of which I’d planned to spend in Australia. This book gave me a few offbeat areas to look into further and was entertaining throughout. Read more
I have to admit the response to the first round of my win one of Brian’s travel books was underwhelming with only 6 entries. Still all it takes is one entry to get two winners – me and the lucky commenter. I selected the first winner today as I haven’t had access to internet, phone, showers (again) for the last couple of days while I was in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. It turns out there really were two winners as the my parents next door neighbor won so I save on shipping
To finish my first week of blogging off I’m going to hold a contest to win a travel book! I will hold these contests on the 10th and 24th every month.
While cleaning out my house to get ready for this trip one of the first areas I tackled was my big bookcase. Two shelves of it were dedicated to travel books. Guidebooks I’d used, guidebooks I hoped to use, outdoor/nature books, travel stories, novels, you get the idea.