Don Mankin has filled many roles in his professional life: aerospace engineer, business consultant, psychologist, educator, and now travel writer. Before fleeing the academic life in 2006, he authored four books in management and organizational psychology, including "Teams and Technology" from Harvard Business School Press and "Business Without Boundaries" from Jossey-Bass. The Wall Street Journal called his first travel book, "Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler" (from National Geographic Press) one of the best travel books of 2008. Don has won several awards for his travel writing including first place in the 50+ Travel category every year from 2011 to 2014 in the annual competition sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
The polar bear sauntered down the beach toward us. My heart pounded as he squinted in our direction, no doubt weighing the nutritional value of the 20 or so tasty morsels wrapped in fleece, down and Gore Tex just 40 yards away.