“It’s impossible to be at ease,” Annie Nocenti writes, “when you’re traveling with one of the world’s most dangerous hunting expeditions.”
Her article “The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World” appears in the special Spring Fashion edition of Details magazine. It’s about her ride along on an upscale falcon hunt in the South Asian region of Baluchistan.
“Our motorcade is armed,” she writes, “but not heavily enough to win a gun battle.”
Nocenti, a graduate of SUNY-New Paltz who lives in Stone Ridge, is the former editor of High Times and of Scenario, a magazine devoted to screenwriting. She is now a freelance writer.
She went to Baluchistan to film a documentary about the Baluch people and their struggle for regional autonomy within Pakistan. The Baluch region straddles parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
The ride along on the falcon hunt was a side adventure that took on the dimensions of a main event.
“Nobody keeps precise track of what this trip costs,” Nocenti writes, “–not even Sheikh Mohammed. I don’t dare ask, but he’s been known to shrug and say, ‘I stop counting after a million and a half.'”