Author signs books, leads hike on Friday

A unique hike and book talk combination event on May 3 will feature author William Sullivan, “100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington,”, who will also be signing his books from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 3rd at Waucoma Bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River).

Sullivan’s latest novel is “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute,” winner of the 2012 Book Buzz Award at Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show. The book signing is free and open to the public.

Register for a 4-mile wildflower hike with Sullivan to a meadow in an ancient cherry orchard with a sweeping view of the Columbia Gorge, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The rendezvous will be at 9 a.m. at the Waucoma Bookstore. Participants will carpool for the 15-mile drive to the trailhead.

The cost is $23 and includes a guidebook. Register for this event through Community Education Class Number: A9085 or register at this webpage:

Then we’ll drive 15 miles to the trail-head near Lyle. No parking permit is required, but bring a pack with the ten essentials (including water, a coat and a lunch). The trail gains 1,400 feet on steepish slopes, so you’ll need sturdy shoes.

The group should be back in Hood River by 2:30 p.m. Class fee includes the updated 2013 version of the guidebook 100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington.

“The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute Portland police detective Neil Ferguson uncovers a series of puzzling and threatening clues that lead to the identity of D.B. Cooper, the mysterious man who hijacked a plane and parachuted with $200,000 in 1971.

But when Ferguson delves deeper into a web of blackmail and murder, he realizes there may in fact be two D.B. Coopers.

Sullivan is best known for his Oregon hiking guidebooks. He hiked every trail he could find in the state.

Sullivan has also written several novels, adventure travel memoirs, and books on Oregon travel and history.

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