Sullivan's classic account of his 65 day, 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek across Oregon has been chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon's "100 Books", the most significant literary works in state history. Sullivan recounts adventures with blizzards, bears, and poisonous mushrooms, but he also spices his journal with notes on history, geology, and the people he meets along the way. These last include a political scientist who leaves his classroom to protect Bald Mountain from logging roads, a camouflaged elk hunter who hopes to be reincarnated as a stag elk, and an ancient widow who lives alone in a remote gold-mining cabin. What these people share, and what this book illustrates, is a deep connection to the wilderness. Sullivan's book demonstrates with living examples just why we are right to save such places.
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