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Today the best way to explore the region's history is still by trail. On Tillamook Head, for example, you can retrace the Lewis and Clark expedition's steps through the rainforest, breathing the tangy salt air they breathed upon discovery of a sudden Pacific Ocean viewpoint. In Hells Canyon you can hike amid towering badlands on the actual route of Chief Joseph's tragic trail of tears. In Southern Oregon you can prowl through redwood groves to the bomb crater left by a daring Japanese attack in World War II. Gold mines, lookout towers, and wagon trails -- the story of Oregon is printed on the land for hikers to read. Oregon's grandest museum is the great outdoors. This book is your ticket of admission. -- Anonymous Reviewer
In 1985 Sullivan set out to investigate Oregon's wilderness on a 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek from the state's westernmost shore at Cape Blanco to Oregon's easternmost point in Hells Canyon. His journal of that two-month adventure, published as "Listening for Coyote," was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books.
Sullivan's hobbies include backcountry ski touring, playing the harpsichord, reading Danish novels, and promoting libraries. He and his wife Janell live in Eugene, but spend summers in a log cabin they built by hand on a roadless stretch of Oregon's Siletz River.
Sullivan has also authored a popular series of "100 Hikes" guidebooks to the regions of Oregon. Titles in that series include "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon," covering Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, and the Portland area; "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades," covering the popular Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Bend, and Eugene areas; "100 Hikes in Southern Oregon," including Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River, the Siskiyous, the Trinity Alps, and Mt. Shasta; and "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range," describing not only the hiking trails of the scenic Pacific shore, but also the campgrounds, beaches, lighthouses, aquariums, canoeing/kayaking options, bicycle paths, and birdwatching sites.
Sullivan's next book, "A Deeper Wild," will be published in April, 2000. Fifteen years in the writing, this historical novel is based on the true adventures of Joaquin Miller, the swashbuckling Oregon Country gold miner, editor, pony express rider, horse thief, and county judge who won international renown in 1872 as the "Poet of the Sierras."
Haven't finished reading - will be using for a 2014 Summer vacation. This is on my kindle so it will be a terrifi reference for this purpose.Published 21 months ago by Mary P
It was fun to read about one of my ancestors who was part of the lost wagon train of 1853.Published on March 23, 2011 by mef
We loved this book. We would read the passages on our way to the next destination on our trips. There was even new information my dad hadn't heard, and he watches OPB history shows... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer