Cave of Secrets

Cave of Secrets

by Hal Burton

Paperback(2002 First Edition)

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Overview

The Olympic Coast on the northwest corner of the state of Washington remains one of the most remote areas in the western United States. This is especially true north of Grays Harbor County where US Highway 101 turns inland and most of the coastal region along the shores of the Pacific Ocean is accessible only by old logging roads and hiking trails.
The Olympic National Forest and National Park cover the peninsula and most of the ocean beaches north of the mouth of the Hoh River are within Park boundaries.
Nine Indian Tribes inhabited the peninsula 1500 to 2000 years ago. Their descendents still do today. Some live on the reservations that dot the region. Many are active Native American businessmen and leaders in their communities. Others assimilated into the mix of Europeans that explored and settled on the peninsula from early in the 16th century until modern times.
The Makah, Quileute, Copalis, Quinault and Hoh tribes dominated the northwest coast. One of the main Makah villages was near Lake Ozette, south of Cape Flattery.
Landslides from heavy rains and ocean pounding shape the coastline today as they have for centuries. Moving land erodes the rocks and new shapes emerge. Caves and tunnels lurk everywhere. Some wide-open and visible one year and
sealed the next by moving rock and mud. A catastrophic landslide 500 hundred years ago buried much of the Makah village near Ozette. Archaeologists worked at the site until 1981 when it was abandoned for lack of federal funds and back-filled to protect the site from looters.
At the same time early Native American cultures were developing, a continent away Chinese cultural development was experiencing one of its greatest eras. Missionary trips by Buddhist monks spread their culture and religion throughout the ancient world.
It is speculated, though never proven, that the first explorers to the coastal region of Washington State were monks from China. Several accounts have been found in Chinese court records that tell of missionary trips to the Aleutian Islands and as far south as Baja California.
One such account chronicles the voyage of a convoy of three ocean-going junks that set out from northern China in 499 AD. Little was known of their fate until a history professor from the University of Washington found ancient ship logs and the court records of their journey.

This tale chronicles University of Washington professor Chuck Coolridge's quest to find a treasure hidden on the coast of Washington State centuries ago by early Chinese explorers. His efforts are hampered by one of his exploration team who is secretly working for the Communist Chinese government who want to recover the treasure for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972570701
Publisher: Burton, Hal Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Edition description: 2002 First Edition
Pages: 224

About the Author

Hal Burton is the author of six published novels, four of which are set on the Olympic Peninsula near his and wife Jeanette’s home in Lilliwaup, on Washington States Hood Canal. Background for his historical fiction is based, in part on his extensive hiking experiences in the Olympic Mountains and travel throughout the US, in Europe and Asia. Mr. Burton is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a Masters degree from Indiana University. His most recent book, The Cronus Cypher, is based to a great extent, on the memoir of retired CPO Mel Williamson.

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