WHEN LEGEND BECOMES AN ENCOUNTER
Life-saving Coast Guard missions. Hunting for a century-old treasure. Exploring the Pacific Coastal mountains. The legend of Bigfoot — and an astonishing showdown involving hired hunters, a sinister collector, the U.S. government… and a magical, otherworldly twist. High adventure, legend and magical realism sweep together in THE RIDGEWALKERS, the riveting novel of Alex Boldway, and his actions that lead to a climactic showdown rife with danger, rescue, heroism… and an enduring environmental message from the beings he protects.
THE RIDGEWALKERS - GREG WALTER
The story opens in the Gulf of Alaska, fishing trawler almost flips, Alex Boldway flashes back to his younger years. Growing up, Alex had a cousin stay at where he lived for several months. That cousin – the antagonist, would eventually be the lead hunter 16 years later that was shooting at Alex and any Ridgewalker he could place in his sights.
Alex enters the US Coast Guard, goes on a road trip through northern California, introducing him to the region he would later have his encounter.
Introduce Native people, their relationship to the land, a layer of native American lore, their relationship through their shamans regarding The Ridgewalker and what they call “The Immortals” and “The Little People.”
The story continues with Alex, The Coast Guard, meeting his girlfriend, and upon leaving the Coast Guard, finding sporadic work. During this he befriends another who aids him and the two embark on several adventures, one being a modern day, 20-year hunt for buried gold coins.
Introduce Chuck, Antagonist and Lazarus, billionaire funder offering all the reasons and details of how to find a bigfoot to capture and kill.
Alex, searching for work again, goes up to Alaska on fishing trawlers, almost getting killed. On his time off, he decides to go on an extended pack trip. Searching his soul, he embarks on what would become a journey of redemption and in this gets caught in the middle of a great struggle between both man and The Ridgewalker. This occupies the remainder of the book, winding down to hope for our climate changing world, Alex finding the treasure when he was at his last straw (Flor glimpsed in background). Also doing environmental good by helping to expand a National Monument – the same one that had a verified Bigfoot encounter back in the year 2000 – Sasquatch glimpsed in the background.
Greg Walter is an entrepreneur, research historian and U.S Coast Guard Veteran/Merchant Marine who spends most of his time hiking trails all over the Pacific west and has a keen interest in the history and mapping of our most treasured assets; our public lands. His historical collection numbers into the thousands of books, maps, photos and ephemera all with a focus on regional history, Native American ethnographies, the history of the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.
Greg Walter is also a map historian with a collection numbering into the thousands consisting of special emphasis of U.S. Forest Service history and much more. He serve on the board of the Crater Lake and Oregon Caves Natural History Association and have accomplished contractual work for the National Park Service in reports of the trail systems around the greater Oregon Caves areas and the National Park Service acquisition of a separate collection of material germane to the Oregon Caves area.