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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 10:31 AM
Old L.A. Bay trip photos (1967-1974)


1967:
Just driving into Casa Diaz compound... the only game in town back then!



1972 (?):
Casa Diaz...





1974:
The L.A. Bay Junction (Parador Punta Prieta). The pavement to L.A. Bay ended just a mile away, out-of-sight of Highway 1, that summer.



Parador Punta Prieta (L.A. Bay Junction). We unhitched my dune buggy here and drove the wagon only the 40 (almost all dirt) miles to L.A. Bay to check out the road for my road guide (1974)...



The road U.C. to L.A. Bay in the summer of 1974. (In 1976, it was still mostly unpaved on our next trip). Crews were working on extending it, about 10 miles from Highway 1.






1974:
Casa Diaz...



Along Highway 1 were several of these large signs installed when the highway was completed and officially opened on December 1, 1973... Note the spelling of economic...





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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 11:45 AM


Great Pictures Dave thanks for sharing.:bounce:
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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 12:39 PM


My pleasure! Baja has fascinated me since 1965... Photos are like a time machine... and so is going to Baja!



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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 05:52 PM


David-----great stuff. This is why I keep coming back to BAJA NOMADS!!!

MtGoat666 should marvel at these photos what with the Govt. sponsored environmental damage by clear-cutting the desert on either side of the new highway. That always bothered me--------A LOT!!!
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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 07:21 PM


Thank you. Everything changes as much as we like them to remain the same. If I think of it, I will take a photo at the parador building to compare 1974 to now. The gas vendor parks there and the maintain the hot showers for travelers and truckers.



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Quote: Originally posted by Barry A.  
David-----great stuff. This is why I keep coming back to BAJA NOMADS!!!

MtGoat666 should marvel at these photos what with the Govt. sponsored environmental damage by clear-cutting the desert on either side of the new highway. That always bothered me--------A LOT!!!


It was pretty rediculous how they bulldozed the desert 200 meters wide or whatever it was. Millions of cardon cacti and cirio trees destroyed along with all other plants and animals... for a skinny paved road.




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[*] posted on 4-2-2017 at 08:00 PM


what happened to the Chapel at Casa Diaz?
Recent sat images indicate, it is gone.




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Quote: Originally posted by paranewbi  
Thanks for the 'secret spot' photos DK! I remember the lady who made hand made tortilla's in her home. Everyone lined up at her door for fresh ones in the late afternoon...but that was in the late 80's.

Awesome photos...you should have run tour groups then. :)


Her name was Marielena. Her house was near the original Dos Pinos store. She was so nice. She used to invite us in. We would sit on the edge of her bed while she made our order, tossing us one to nibble on while we waited. Good memories.

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[*] posted on 4-3-2017 at 12:25 AM


I love the plane park right Casa Diaz.



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[*] posted on 4-3-2017 at 06:09 AM


Awesome! You should write a book... oh wait... never mind.

Do you still have that station wagon? You could turn it into a 4x4!
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[*] posted on 4-3-2017 at 06:41 AM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
what happened to the Chapel at Casa Diaz?
Recent sat images indicate, it is gone.



Harald, the chapel is still there, I was there last week.




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Quote: Originally posted by kevin_in_idaho  
Awesome! You should write a book... oh wait... never mind.

Do you still have that station wagon? You could turn it into a 4x4!


Funny guy!
That trip with my parents in 1974 was for researching my second Baja Guide, published in a special edition of the Baja Bulletin Magazine. No, that was my dad's last car... it was great for all the trips where 4WD wasn't needed.


Published in the winter of 1974/1975. I was 17.

Here is my first guide, self-published when I was 15 from the extensive notes I took on the Summer 1973 trip when the highway was under construction between the Mission San Fernando road and Villa Jesus Maria...



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As it was in 1973.

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Here is the irrigation book I co-authored in 1992...



One of the charts I designed for it...







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[*] posted on 4-3-2017 at 08:52 AM


That is a cool story!



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[*] posted on 4-4-2017 at 08:58 AM


Airplane at Diaz! I had mine right there! Slept there on the 2X4 cots in the summer.



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[*] posted on 4-4-2017 at 10:05 AM


Back in the 60s, more planes were parked at Casa Diaz than autos (4×4s). It was 200 or more unpaved miles to Bahía, back then.



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