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[*] posted on 8-8-2019 at 07:51 AM


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Going through your stuff,, hard to read with the yellow/turquoise, lol

Did the get together’s die out or too much organizing for one guy? I know it’s hard to organize even 2 people.


It takes a lot of energy and having helpers goes a long way too.
The idea to meet Baja Internet people was really born back in 2000 when Timothy Walker (TimsBaja.com) suggested that he and I meet and we invited other Internet Baja amigos to come to meet us, too. I brought Graham Mackintosh as we both live in San Diego County and Tim and others were from L.A. and Orange County. We picked San Clemente as a sort of halfway point and met on the pier there.

Here are a few photos taken at that first meeting:


Giesla Van Bree, Mike Humfreville, Mary Ann Humfreville, Graham Mackintosh.


Graham Mackintosh, Michelle (M).


Lorenzo de Baja (LdB) arrives.


El Gato Loco (egl/ Matt) and Baja Barb and Norm of BajaLinks.com


Ferna de Tijuana (FdT)


Jens (Yens) of Baja-Web.com and his guest.


Whistler (Glenn)

Also there was Timothy Walker (TimsBaja.com), Carlos Fiesta (BajaExpo.com) and Dick Van Bree (BajaLinks.com)... sadly, I didn't get their photos on my little camera.

So, that went over so well that Dick Van Bree grabbed me when we were saying our goodbyes and said I had to organize more meetings like this!

Tim was a bit shy and not as motivated for organizing an event. M (Michelle) was very supportive and would later organize meetups that took place in Baja. She called them BBBB's (for Boojum Buddies Baja Bash, as we were calling ourselves Boojum Buddies. Her first was at Cielito Lindo in Sept. 2001. Photos at my website.

I named my event, 'Viva Baja' as that was what it was, a celebration of our love for Baja. I invited book authors, Baja businesses, and members of the Amigos de Baja forum (where many of us posted before Baja Nomad). Doug (Baja Nomad) was there as was Fred Metcalf who had a popular message board for many years. It was held at a hotel in San Clemente and included a dinner. We had a Baja show and tell and people got to know each other in person.

My website was originally called DavidKsBaja.com (patterned after TimsBaja.com) but after the success of Viva Baja, as soon as Doug (BajaNomad) was able to grab the URL vivabaja.com, he did and gave it to me... very cool!
Viva Baja #1 had almost 50 guests, #2 had a few more, but when #3 rolled around (and was moved to Oceanside), over 100 came... We had reserved a Mexican restaurant all for this event the afternoon and evening. Several people showed up that had not RSVP'd but the place had enough room and it was great. Viva Baja #4 (in 2003) was located at Capistrano Beach and Msal helped a lot with that one. We kept the location secret so there wouldn't be any surprises with extra attendees, as the restaurant was not as big.

2000: http://www.vivabaja.com/vivabaja/
2001: http://www.vivabaja.com/vivabaja2/
2002: http://www.vivabaja.com/vivabaja3/
2003: http://www.vivabaja.com/vivabaja4/

Well, they were all great but that was enough for me to promote (In thought)! Keri of the Pyramid Resort was at Viva Baja 4 and she liked the idea of have Baja book authors at the event so she created the Pyramid Resort Baja Book Signing events. Her first was 3 months after Viva Baja #4 and she had 6 of them (2003-2008). Photos on my website.

Antonio, 'BajaCactus', liked the concept of a meeting event to share his Mexican culture and asked me to help with the guest list and other minor things, but he did all the hard work and had a tour bus for us and a great dinner. This was Viva Baja Cactus, in 2006: http://www.vivabaja.com/vivabajacactus/

Antonio had already created the Baja-Rosario Cultural Festival in July of 2005 to be held every year for the birth of El Rosario (the mission was founded in July 1774). He promoted 4 of them (2005, -6, -7, -8), trying to get townspeople to take over at some point. However, without Antonio's leadership, the festival fizzled.

It takes a lot of energy to produce events for people! They are wonderful and if I had that kind of energy, I would do more. I was very pleased with the ones I did and the ones that were born from the idea of getting Baja folks together, in person.




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[*] posted on 8-8-2019 at 05:49 PM


Thanks David.
It looks like fun and yes, lots of work, so thank you and your helpers.
I love a get together to meet people you chat with online.

Is Antonio, BajaCactus, the same that has a car rental company?


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[*] posted on 8-8-2019 at 07:33 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Mother of Dragons  
Thanks David.
It looks like fun and yes, lots of work, so thank you and your helpers.
I love a get together to meet people you chat with online.

Is Antonio, BajaCactus, the same that has a car rental company?




Baja Cactus is the motel and gas station in El Rosario. He also has an emergency rescue service (Halcones del Desierto) and fire department all financed by his motel, gas station, and donations. Please use Baja Cactus for what they provide.




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[*] posted on 8-9-2019 at 05:13 PM


Oh ok. Thanks for clarifying it and will bookmark it for future trips.
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[*] posted on 8-9-2019 at 05:38 PM


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Oh ok. Thanks for clarifying it and will bookmark it for future trips.


I never heard of a Baja Cactus car company... Where are they?




"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

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Over 60 Baja Bound Travel Adventure articles: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/

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[*] posted on 8-10-2019 at 08:22 AM


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Quote: Originally posted by Mother of Dragons  
Oh ok. Thanks for clarifying it and will bookmark it for future trips.


I never heard of a Baja Cactus car company... Where are they?


Wrong again😂😂 cactus car rental..oops
But hey, an Antonio runs it and cactus is in the name😂
https://www.cactuscar.com/about_us.php
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[*] posted on 8-10-2019 at 09:47 AM


See how much we learn on Baja Nomad?!! Have a great day!



"So Much Baja, So Little Time..."

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[*] posted on 8-10-2019 at 10:27 AM


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See how much we learn on Baja Nomad?!! Have a great day!

Tons! You’ve been a greatly appreciated resource.
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