National Geographic : 2012 Feb
• NG CONNECT Every month this page features our staff picks of National Geographic Society products and events. For more go to nglive/events.org. PHOTOS: ELIZA SCIDMORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOCK TOP ; RALPH LEE HOPKINS RAFT Free Download of the Month Toubab Krewe TK2 Some sounds don't fit neatly into preexisting categories. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, an instrumental powerhouse based in Asheville, North Carolina. Swirling together rock, African traditions, jam-band sensibilities, and international folk strains, the band creates a sonic Pangaea. Download a song at natgeomusic.net/free. EXHIBITS LECTURE BOOK ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE Journey north to experience the beauty of Alaska. Cruise through fjords, whale-watch, spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and learn about the people who call Alaska home during this eight-day expedition. All departures are accompanied by a team of experts. For details go to ngexpeditions.com/alaska. ROZ SAVAGE The adventurer who left her office job to become an ocean rower speaks on February 21 in Dallas, Texas. See nglive.org. Celebrate 100 Years of Washington, D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms Society board member and writer Eliza Scidmore helped bring cherry blossoms to the nation's capital. See her photographs from Japan, including this one (right). A second exhibit explores the samurai. Both open March 7 in Washington at National Geo- graphic. Visit ngmuseum.org. APP TRIP ULTIMATE HIKER'S GEAR GUIDE Suit up the right way before hitting the trails. Extreme trekker Andrew Skurka provides expert advice on everything from boots to backpacks for hikers of all levels in this new book. Available February 21 ($19.95). WEIRD BUT TRUE Did you know a sneeze travels a hundred miles an hour? Find this and other tidbits in our kid-friendly collection of mind-blowing facts. In the App Store now.