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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 12:08 PM
There is a New Book in Town (2013)


Baja California Adventures - Froylan Tiscareno (2013) $15

The cover of this 500 page book is misleading; Froy Tiscareno was an early explorer of Baja by foot and four wheel drive and only in later years used a motorhome and private airplane to take his family there.

He was born in Mexico and somehow ended up in UCLA and is completely anglicized. As a young student and later, he hung out, hiked, traveled and visited with Baja greats like John Robinson, Bud Bernhard, BajaBob Vinton, and Aida and Salve Meling; while as a historian, he translated two of the works of Jesuit Miguel Del Barco. He was friends of Harry Crosby, Ed Vernon, and Michael Mathes.

In the early days before the Observatory road, how did you get to the meadows like La Grulla in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir? Why shucks, you went to the bottom of La Mora Canyon and went UP! Highly recommended.

[Edited on 11-22-2013 by Neal Johns]

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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 12:48 PM


From Amazon:

"The stories featured in Baja California Adventures take place during a span of almost sixty years of travel in the rugged, parched, yet hauntingly attractive peninsula. The author kept detailed notes on most of his trips then fleshed out this skeleton in a narrative that places the reader in the role of participant in the adventure. Thus, one feels the bite of the 4WD tires into the desert sand, newly hard-packed by the moisture of a quick-moving thunderstorm. The author describes the excitement of finding Indian petroglyphs, arrowheads, or clay ollas in remote canyons. Because Mr. Tiscareño is also a pilot, many of the trips included here involve mention of the special immigration rules for private fly-in tourists. Finally, there are Baja adventures in the pine-clad granite fortress that is the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir in the northern part of the peninsula. Here, the author joined other veteran Bajeños in hoof-and-boot or horse-assisted explorations. In short, this book should be inspiration to those readers who want to visit Baja California, particularly the less tourist-trod destinations. Armchair travelers will derive vicarious pleasure without the effort of going there themselves."




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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 01:58 PM


Ah just in time. I was dying for a fix of the Arthur North kind.
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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 02:30 PM


right in time for Christmas !



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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 03:32 PM


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(I bet it wasn't his idea for the new book cover photo... a motorhome!?)


Wasn't it his? If not, I agree.




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[*] posted on 11-22-2013 at 08:48 PM


Thank you Neal, I look forward to reading it!

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[*] posted on 11-25-2013 at 11:58 AM


He started out in hiking shoes and a Willy's 4x4 but changed to motorhomes when he got in his late 70's with a family. I agree with DK (that dam tea pot guy! :mad: :lol:,) he should have put a different vehicle on a two track on the cover.
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[*] posted on 1-12-2014 at 07:30 PM


Been enjoying the book which is basically Froylan's Baja trip diaries from 1962-2008. There is at least one Nomad and one Nomad's father mentioned (I have seen so far)!



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[*] posted on 1-12-2014 at 10:18 PM


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Originally posted by Neal Johns
Baja California Adventures - Froylan Tiscareno (2013) $15

The cover of this 500 page book is misleading; Froy Tiscareno was an early explorer of Baja by foot and four wheel drive and only in later years used a motorhome and private airplane to take his family there.

He was born in Mexico and somehow ended up in UCLA and is completely anglicized. As a young student and later, he hung out, hiked, traveled and visited with Baja greats like John Robinson, Bud Bernhard, BajaBob Vinton, and Aida and Salve Meling; while as a historian, he translated two of the works of Jesuit Miguel Del Barco. He was friends of Harry Crosby, Ed Vernon, and Michael Mathes.

In the early days before the Observatory road, how did you get to the meadows like La Grulla in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir? Why shucks, you went to the bottom of La Mora Canyon and went UP! Highly recommended.

[Edited on 11-22-2013 by Neal Johns]


--------------or, you hiked in to La Grulla and Blue Bottle etc. from Socorro, east of Meling's Ranch. NOMAD "Vince" and I, and several others did just that in 1954 with Edward "Bud" Bernhard, spending about 9 days in all hiking & riding on horses around the Plateau. What a grand adventure! :light:

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[*] posted on 1-13-2014 at 02:17 AM


Myron Smith is mentioned too... :cool: Several great people who have opened up Baja in the ares few would have been brave enough to attempt. Baja is a land of adventure! I love reading how Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs were just $2 per car for camping there (p. 187) in March 1975.



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Myron Smith is mentioned too... :cool: Several great people who have opened up Baja in the ares few would have been brave enough to attempt. Baja is a land of adventure! I love reading how Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs were just $2 per car for camping there (p. 187) in March 1975.


David---------we camped many times in the "campground" in Guadelupe Canyon in the early and mid-'60's when there was nobody there, and no charge at all. Some of the cement hot tups and tiny palapas were there close to the hot springs, and a big sorta natural but man-made swimming pool, but little else then. It was heaven on earth!!!

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[*] posted on 1-13-2014 at 02:28 PM


Much of this book is online if you want to read some samples of it... CLICK:

Baja California Adventures




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[*] posted on 1-13-2014 at 02:44 PM


On pg. 469 & counting down.:biggrin:
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[*] posted on 3-12-2014 at 12:09 AM


I have been enjoying this book like a fine wine... slowly sipping and hoping it never ends... sadly I am on the last chapter... the one with 'Wilderone' mentioned!



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[*] posted on 3-12-2014 at 10:19 AM


Off topic(tho I enjoy Baja books greatly) the other day a post was on here about another site that was being somewhat mean to folks on this 1. Anyway I dont get it-take this post for example-to me its seems like nice folks chatting and giving advice about topics of interest to them n me. Anyway sry to intrude and thx for knowledge provided,hv great day.
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I have been enjoying this book like a fine wine... slowly sipping and hoping it never ends... sadly I am on the last chapter... the one with 'Wilderone' mentioned!


I bought the book, but haven't jumped into it yet. Waiting for the right time and looking forward to it.




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Off topic(tho I enjoy Baja books greatly) the other day a post was on here about another site that was being somewhat mean to folks on this 1. Anyway I dont get it-take this post for example-to me its seems like nice folks chatting and giving advice about topics of interest to them n me. Anyway sry to intrude and thx for knowledge provided,hv great day.


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[*] posted on 3-12-2014 at 04:04 PM


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......he should have put a different vehicle on a two track on the cover......Neal





Maybe a Toyota Tacoma with the traction control enabled headed up a boulder strewn section of the Pole Line road towing a Jeep. :lol:

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[*] posted on 3-12-2014 at 09:23 PM


Damn Just started reading it on line from the link above and now I'll have to buy the book IT"S GOOD!
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[*] posted on 3-12-2014 at 10:26 PM


Just started reading the excerpt from the link posted above. Thank you for the referral.

What a different world Baja was 50 years ago: buying a slab of sea turtle to eat… sometimes change is good. (I remember when you could buy skin lotion made with w/sea turtle oil from drugstores in TJ and Ensenada...)




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