Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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: tinyurl.com/d7x73hw
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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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge