Graham kayaking down the east coast of Baja 2017

David K - 11-12-2017 at 01:05 AM

Most of you know of or have met our English-born Baja Nomad member Graham Mackintosh, author of 4 Baja adventure books

Two years ago, Graham paddled from Gonzaga Bay to L.A. Bay, solo and that adventure was shared here:

This year, Graham is paddling from Mulegé to Loreto and we can follow along daily as he sends up a Spot device satellite signal.
If you are camping along the coast, see him offshore, and have something cold to drink or fresh to eat, you are sure to get rewarded by Baja's greatest true-story teller if he turns your way or beaches nearby.!

From 2015:

Quote: Originally posted by Graham  
It was beautiful out there.... the Baja coast is just awesome. Just checked the memory cards from the defunct cameras. Cards are fine... so I'll post more pictures as I can.

I was carrying the Survivor-35 hand pump desalinator. Dang thing must weigh about a dozen pounds but worked well and gave me gallons of drinking water.

Way better than boiling seawater and condensing the steam. Though I had that set up as backup.

It was the second one I had. The first my wife bought for me on eBay or Amazon and I used as is... lasted for a couple of months while I was out on Guardian Angel Island, then blew apart when I was back home and getting it ready for storage. I made a youtube about that... search for survivor-35 fails.

The model I had on this trip was reconditioned with new filter and seals, etc. It was the one that Bryan and Justin carried on their What is West Baja walk and paddle board adventure.

They never needed it and I bought it off them after they finished their trip.

Towards the end of my journey I was using it every day and every chance I got, and often drank directly from the tube when thirsty.

That was good advice about catching the countercurrents close to shore. And for me, staying close to shore was paramount anyway. Getting hit by a westy too far from the safety of the beach or rocks was the surest way to get myself killed.

Graham making water salt free:


Graham 2017-1:

11-9-17 6 pm

Graham 2017-2:

11-10-17 4 am

Graham 2017-3:

11-10-17 10:25 am

Graham 2017-4:

11-10-17 3:30 pm

Graham 2017-5:

11-11-17 6:21 pm

Graham 2017-6:

11-11-17 4:27 pm

fishbuck - 11-12-2017 at 01:19 AM

Way to go Graham! Dream trip.

sd - 11-12-2017 at 08:07 AM

Graham is one cool guy!

Has had some incredible trips. He just does it, a great spirit.

Udo - 11-12-2017 at 08:52 AM

Way to go Graham!

I'm glad you have the SPOT tracking number, DK.

gueribo - 11-12-2017 at 11:16 PM

So glad to see the adventure goes on. Look forward to more writings.

yumawill - 11-13-2017 at 08:40 AM

Why am I here and not there?

BajaBlanca - 11-13-2017 at 09:04 AM

Gooooooooooooooooooo Graham! and stop by La Bocana on your way back for beer with Les right on the front porch!

Busy Sunday!

David K - 11-13-2017 at 10:16 AM

Graham 2017-7 :

11-12-17 5:46 am

Graham 2017-8 :

11-12-17 3:06 pm

[Edited on 11-13-2017 by David K]

David K - 11-13-2017 at 12:19 PM

Graham 2017-9:

11-13-17 @ 11:13 am PST

fishbuck - 11-13-2017 at 08:18 PM

Yay Graham! We're all pulling for/with you...

BornFisher - 11-13-2017 at 09:01 PM

Drove by the road into San Nicolas today and thought of Graham. Probably there tonight but I was there a bit earlier and just thought it would be a longshot to cross paths. Good luck Graham, thanks for the updates DK.

joerover - 11-13-2017 at 09:34 PM

Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Baja's greatest true-story teller

click here,
click back later,
find a story tellers story.

We all tell storys,
very few of us,
are story tellers.

joerover - 11-13-2017 at 09:40 PM

I belive this was the first book I read after I noticed baja on the map

David K - 11-14-2017 at 09:29 AM

Graham 2017-10:

Tuesday 11-14-17 @ 7:15 am PST

David K - 11-14-2017 at 11:26 AM

Graham 2017-11:

11-14-17 @ 10:20 am PST

Cliffy - 11-14-2017 at 11:44 PM

WOW I followed his first trip and now this one NEAT!

Kinda like the guy from So Cal (IIRC) who pangaed his way around the entire perimeter many years ago.

David K - 11-15-2017 at 07:51 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Cliffy  
WOW I followed his first trip and now this one NEAT!

Kinda like the guy from So Cal (IIRC) who pangaed his way around the entire perimeter many years ago.

Carlos Fiesta:

David K - 11-15-2017 at 08:54 AM

6:45 am, Graham sent a signal from offshore, just off of the previous map posted above. "No problemas"

jaymtb - 11-15-2017 at 10:13 AM

Thanks for posting, David.
Four of us paddled in from Coronados yesterday, leaving Mulege Nov 6. We had 2 layover days for Nortes.
One day on a hike from camp, I thought of Graham and was glad we had 17' sea kayaks making 3 knots with food and 30 liters of water instead of hiking with burros.
Puntas San Antonio and Pulpito can be "lively" in a blow.
This was the 3rd time on this stretch for me, still a favorite. Fishing was good with a yo-yo reel trolling.
I think Graham was behind us last Nov from Bla to Sta Rosalia.
I exchanged some encouraging words with Graham on FB a while back re training he was doing. Yup, it was easier doing this at 51 vs 71, but you gotta keep the belt buckle in sight, stay in shape, and drive ahead.
Graham, drop me a line if you would like beta on other stretches of Baja.
Cheers, Jay

[Edited on 11-16-2017 by jaymtb]

David K - 11-15-2017 at 01:21 PM

Graham 2017-12:

11-15-17 @12:07 pm PST
At San Basilio, a beautiful bay!

Vince - 11-16-2017 at 09:36 AM

Thanks, David. Enjoying watching and thinking about his trip.

David K - 11-16-2017 at 01:57 PM

At 11:40 am (THU) Graham sent a Spot signal. He is in the same place as the last map shows.

David K - 11-17-2017 at 09:57 AM

Graham 2017-13:

11-17-17 @ 7:32 am PST

David K - 11-17-2017 at 12:06 PM


11-17-17 @ 11 am PST
Ensenada el Mangle, north of San Bruno.

David K - 11-18-2017 at 12:12 PM

At 10:57 am, Saturday, Nov. 18, Graham sent a Spot signal from the same location as yesterday with an A-OK message.

Paco Facullo - 11-18-2017 at 01:05 PM

He most likely has found a wonderful spot to run around nakid ,frolicking
to his hearts content ....:P

Marc - 11-19-2017 at 08:00 AM

I was right there on 11-9 at 6PM & did not see him.

David K - 11-19-2017 at 09:51 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Marc  
I was right there on 11-9 at 6PM & did not see him.

At Punta Arena or near Bob & Susan's Lighthouse Resort? Graham is pretty small and blends really well! ;):cool:

Marc - 11-19-2017 at 10:15 AM

Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by Marc  
I was right there on 11-9 at 6PM & did not see him.

At Punta Arena or near Bob & Susan's Lighthouse Resort? Graham is pretty small and blends really well! ;):cool:

Campo Naranjo. Probably a bit to far south to see him? Saw only groups of three to five paddling on Saturday. I think it was windy on the 9th??

David K - 11-19-2017 at 04:44 PM

Today, Sunday, Nov. 19, Graham sent a new A-OK Spot signal, again from the same beach as Friday morning... Map: Graham-14.

Off San Bruno...

David K - 11-20-2017 at 09:46 AM


Monday, 11-20-17 @ 7:40 am PST. A-OK

David K - 11-20-2017 at 04:10 PM


Nov. 20, 2017 @ 2:38 pm PST

ncampion - 11-20-2017 at 07:22 PM

We'll watch for him coming by our place tomorrow. (north of Loreto)

David K - 11-21-2017 at 09:11 AM

Tuesday morning about an hour ago, another Spot signal from the island.

Barry A. - 11-21-2017 at 10:03 AM

Wow, now on the "Island"!! I am thinking that is a gutsy paddle from the mainland to Isla Coronado in a kayak!!! You go, Graham!!!

Udo - 11-21-2017 at 12:14 PM

Graham is in really great shape for this type of paddle.
We had dinner together a couple of weeks ago, and he looked fairly buff!

Made it to Loreto!

David K - 11-22-2017 at 12:25 PM

Graham 2017-17

Nov. 22, 2017 @ 11:06 am PST (12:06 local time)

Graham - 11-25-2017 at 10:16 PM

Wow! Thanks David for posting all those Spot locations and watching out for me. Nice to review and remember. Wonderful trip. Wind with me most of the way. Knew enough to get my overloaded sit-on-top ashore when blowing too much. Can hardly wait to do next stage... Loreto to La Paz.

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sd - 11-25-2017 at 10:43 PM

Hi Graham - Enjoy your adventures!!


wessongroup - 11-25-2017 at 11:24 PM

Thanks DK .. A unique way to see it

To bad the others aren't up anymore ... I do remember the trip

Good for you Graham ... looking good .. Loreto to La Paz .. cool :):)

David K - 11-25-2017 at 11:30 PM

De nada Graham!
Wessongroup, what others are not up?

Cliffy - 11-26-2017 at 05:38 AM

WOW What a trip!
You're a better man than me McGee :-)

caj13 - 11-27-2017 at 04:32 PM

Fellow / former Michigander here. sent you an U2U, hoping to pick your brain.