Some Like It Tepid

The July Travel + Leisure can safely be called running hot and cold with visits to Torngat Mountains National Park in frigid Labrador and a brief tour of our fiftieth state.

Any traveler who wants to go way up north needs to be timely for the TMNP base camp is only open from late July to late August. Even during high summer guests must stay in heated geodesic domes to survive the Artic evenings. Newcomers are advised to bring bug spray with their down jackets, though a greater hazard than an insect bite or frostbite might be a confrontation with a polar bear. Visitors to the region coming face-to-face with a bear are instructed to punch it in the nose and “fight for your life.” Uh-huh. Tell that to those at full gallop running for their lives.

Researchers who have discovered that the human attention span is eight seconds might wonder if the truly vacuous among us will make it through the first sentence of the article about the popular Pacific vacation spot: “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is the name of Hawaii’s state fish.”

Those readers who persevere will be rewarded as the author recounts the highlights of a weeklong trip as part of a UnCruise Adventure in mid-November, long after the TMNP camps are frozen shut. The appetizing food, sunny adventures on or near Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii, and the congenial passengers onboard and pleasant natives encountered on the islands make small-ship cruising sound very attractive. The author admits to being genuinely touched by a hula performance by ten girls on Molokai, their heart-felt hand movements giving him goose bumps or “chicken skin.”

Of course, there is a simple way to get chicken skin without even leaving the house. Just think about coming face-to-face with a polar bear.



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