THE HIDDEN COAST: Kayak Explorations From Alaska to Mexico by Joel W. Rogers (Alaska Northwest Books: $19.95). Nature photographer/ocean-kayaking enthusiast Joel Rogers celebrates the spectacular beauties of the Pacific Coast in this account of voyages from Prince William Sound, Alaska, to the Baja peninsula. (He tactfully avoids mentioning blisters, aching muscles, fatigue, seasickness and other potential problems.) Rogers' exceptional eye for the striking image keeps his glorious photographs of glaciers, cliffs, waves, totem poles and cacti from looking like rejected layouts for National Geographic. Through words and pictures, he communicates the essence of his explorations with readers who'd never dream of getting into a kayak, much less paddling one through a pack of orcas.