James Campabell loves the Alaskan wilderness. He wanted his teenage daughter, Aidan, to experience it, but more than that he hoped the wilderness adventure would help her increase her self-sufficiency and strengthen their relationship.
The adventure has three parts. The first time the pair went to Alaska it was late summer. The task was to help Jim's cousin, Heimo, build a new cabin. The description takes you to a remote location where grizzly bears may wander into your camp, a land with thousands of mosquitoes, and the ever present need to beat the approaching deadline of winter to finish the cabin.
The second adventure takes place in winter. The cabin is finished. Now Jim and Aidan help Heimo and his wife on their trap lines and experience the intense cold. The descriptions make you feel as if you're there trying to stay warm, even if you're reading the book in summer.
The final adventure was my favorite. Aidan and Jim with two friends set off to canoe down the Hulahula. This is the most exciting part of the book where the rapids pose a serious danger to the canoe and immersion in the freezing water can lead to hypothermia and possibly death.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy descriptions of the wilderness, and how special people manage to live so far from civilization. Although the adventures were exciting and kept me turning the pages, the best part was the relationship between Jim and Aidan. While not perfect, it was wonderful to see a father trying to understand his daughter and give her room to grow and experience a unique part of life.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.