Great news! Saturday December 12 at 5:00 PM we have the honor of presenting the authors of one of the books I am most excited about this year! Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest: Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Southwestern British Columbia by William Sullivan, Craig Romano, photography by Bart Smith, and introduction by former Washington Governor Dan Evans. What a star cast!
If you have anyone on your holiday gift list who enjoys the out of doors, this would be a gift they will treasure! And don’t forget to have one yourself, Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest: Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Southwestern British Columbia is truly a special book!
First let me start out by saying I flat out LOVE this book! When Bill Sullivan casually mentioned he was doing a book for Rizzoli, it was exciting news and I immediately asked if he would please do an event with Sunriver Books & Music when it releases (little did I know this would be complicated with a pandemic by release date!). Even before publication, I knew this book would be special. Rizzoli does the most magnificent books filled with gorgeous photography on regions, countries, trails. I have collected many of them and knew this would be a quality publication. Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest has hikes selected by Bill Sullivan and photography by Bart Smith, I was sure it would be spectacular. It has exceeded all of my expectations!
Bill Sullivan is Oregon’s hiking guru! A fifth generation Oregonian, he has hiked every major trail in our gorgeous state. A love of Oregon and knowledge of it’s history and attractions is evident in Sullivan’s many books. He knows all of the best places with the most spectacular scenery, sharing the them with his devoted followers. Bill has hiking guides on every region of our state: 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades, 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 100 Hikes: Travel Guide Eastern Oregon, 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon, 100 Hikes Oregon Coast and Coast Range, Trails of Crater Lake and Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon Favorite Trails and Tails, Atlas of Oregon Wilderness, Oregon Trips and Trails, Hiking Oregon’s History and a map to help you find the trails, Oregon Topo Travel Reference Map. If you want guides that inspire you to lace up those hiking books and hit the trail, these should provide a wealth of options. Oregon offers many diverse choices, from one of the world’s most beautiful coast lines to the Cascade Mountain range, and the High Desert.
Sullivan is a multi-talented author of many genres. In addition to the guide books, he has also penned non-fiction books. Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters (a book that can scare you witless with some of the disasters Mother Nature threw at the state, like wiping out an entire town on the Oregon Coast), Listening For Coyote: A Walk Across Oregon’s Wilderness, Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part Time Pioneer, and Little Travelers: Six Months in Europe with Two Kids. He has fascinating historic fiction with two titles set in Norway, Ship in the Hill and Ship in the Sand, and A Deeper Wild set in the West. He has a fun mystery series that combines with a touch of interesting historic events; The Case of Einstein’s Violin, The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute, and The Case of the Reborn Bhagwan. And a book of short stories, Oregon Variations, set in every county in Oregon.
We have been privileged to feature events with Bill Sullivan at Sunriver Books & Music many times. Every event has been a full house treated to a great presentation. Bill Sullivan is a man who loves Oregon, is passionate about wilderness, enjoys humor, studies history, and loves to travel. He brings a wealth of life experience and knowledge to his books and his events.
Craig Romano moved to Washington in 1989, hiking more than 30,000 miles in this gorgeous state. Washington has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Drive the North Cascades highway, stopping off frequently for hikes, and you will see what I mean. Breathtaking. Romano was raised in New Hampshire and has traveled extensively.
I like Romano’s hiking guides and have used several, I especially like Best Hikes With Dogs Inland Northwest. The absolute best way to hike is with a dog by your side! Romano gets this! I have wonderful memories of hikes with my dogs! Lucky, a great German Shepherd, doing her best to keep me from stepping off cliffs while looking more at the scenery than where my feet were going and having the good sense to not pursue a black bear. Snooks, a sweet Rottweiler who loved all creatures, he would always spot wildlife first, being quietly still, and alert me to the joy of encountering another species. Mugsy, a Boxer who loved all hiking but showed a particular joy for coast walks where she danced with joy on the beach. Flashman, a Boxer who adored hiking and was so well behaved, he wasn’t even flustered when a moose walked over and lay down just a short distance (a few feet) from where he and I had been eating lunch (this was moose approaching sitting person and dog, running would not have been the best option, sitting quietly worked better). Kipling has to get over her unfortunate attitude toward other members of her species before she is gifted the joy of hiking, we sincerely hope she improves soon. Anyone who pens a hiking book about taking along man’s best friend has my vote. I digress, sorry.
Romano’s many hiking guides include Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, Day Hiking Eastern Washington, Day Hiking North Cascades, Day Hiking Central Cascades, Day Hiking San Juans and Gulf Islands, Day Hiking Mt. St. Helens, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge, 100 Classic Hikes Washington, Best Wildflower Hikes Washington, Winter Hikes of Western Washington, Urban Trails: Vancouver, Longview, Battle Ground, Camas, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Backpacking Washington, Urban Trails Bellingham, Chuckanut Mountains, Western Whatcom, Skagit Valley, Urban Trails Olympia, Capitol State Forest, Shelton, Harstine Island, Urban Trails Seattle, Shoreline, Renton, Kent, Vashon Island, Urban Trails Everett: Western Snohomish County, Camano Island, Whidbey Island, Urban Trails: Eastside, Issaquah Alps, Redmond, Snoqualmie Valley, and Urban Trails Tacoma, Federal Way, Auburn, Puyallup, Anderson Island. Whew! That is a lot of hiking! No wonder he has 30,000 miles in the beautiful state of Washington!
Bart Smith is AMAZING! That is just the best word to describe his passion and photography. He has many books with Rizzoli. I know because they are prized on our personal book shelf. I was certain the photography in Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest would be spectacular. Bart Smith was the first person to walk all thirty trails of the America’s National Trail System. That is 36,000 or so miles of trail! I discovered Bart Smith’s photography over twenty years ago with an amazing book about the Pacific Crest Trail with Karen Berger (who had the good sense to keep her boots on while hiking the trail) and Dan Smith. Sadly, it is now out of print. Great book. Smith was one of the photographers on Rizzoli’s 2016 release of The Pacific Crest Trail by Mark Larabee, Barney Scout Mann, and Cheryl Strayed (whose position on hiking boots is less certain). He was the photographer for America’s Great Hiking Trails with authors Karen Berger and Bill McKibben published by Rizzoli. Bart Smith’s photography is featured in many Rizzoli publications including America’s National Historic Trails. I can attest to the beauty of each of the above books because I have them all (plus more!). Bart Smith’s photography will inspire some of us to go see the trails featured. For others the spectacular images will allow us to see places we will never go, to admire the grandeur of the wilderness. For anyone who picks up a Bart Smith book, there will be validation of the need to preserve the wilderness, right there in living color proof of what is important.
Each of the authors will speak, then Bart Smith will lead us on a visual tour of some of the best hikes in Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest. And this is one time a Zoom event might be even better than in person because hopefully I will have it up on our website; https://www.sunriverbooks.com/ to be enjoyed again later or shared with friends.
A zoom registration link will be added shortly.