One of the reasons we manage Our Hiking Blog is the community of terrific people that are part of this site. We are in contact with many people from across the world who all have a shared love and passion of the outdoors. It is great fun to meet new people and read their stories or help them out with information.
A few months ago we were contacted by Pete who was planning to move back to Australia from the USA. He had lived in the US (California, NY, Oregon) since 1997 and had picked up a new job in Hobart. He was asking for recommendations about the best hiking books that contained walks suitable with young childern.
We kept up some correpondance and Pete recommended a book by William L Sullivan – Listening for Coyote – A walk across Oregon’s Wilderness. A couple of weeks ago it arrived in the mail from Pete.
Well, hats off to Pete, it is a terrific read. Sullivan describes his sixty five day (2190 km – 1,361 mile) journey across Oregon from Cape Blanco to Hat Point , Hells Canyon on what he calls the New Oregon Trail.
While it is an epic solo adventure, and a huge achievement, what really appealed about the book is that Sullivan is a thinker and story teller. As much as reading about the practicalities of the journey was interesting, it was often his reflections and interactions with other people and animals that brought this book above the level of the ordinary.
Highly recommend for anyone who likes to get immersed in a great adventure read to try and beg, borrow or steal it. Don’t worry Pete, I will mail it back this week!
Do you have any other books to recommend?
Have you read Listening for Coyote – A walk across Oregon’s Wilderness?
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