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Poll: The Baja Book Authors who inspired you to travel south.
Howard Gulick, Lower California Guidebook. --- 1 (3.23%)
Erle Stanley Gardner, many Baja books. --- 3 (9.68%)
Tom Miller, The Baja Book & Mexico West. --- 2 (6.45%)
Mike McMahan, Baja books, and wall map. --- 1 (3.23%)
Graham Mackintosh, 4 Baja adventure books. --- 3 (9.68%)
David Brackney, AAA Baja Guide. --- 3 (9.68%)
Greg Niemann, Baja Fever & Baja Legends --- 2 (6.45%)
Ray Cannon, The Sea of Cortez and more. --- 3 (9.68%)
Bruce Berger, Almost an Island. -- 0 (0%)
John Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez. --- 3 (9.68%)
Walt Wheelock, La Siesta Press Baja books. -- 0 (0%)
Cliff Cross, Baja California Mexico Guide. --- 1 (3.23%)
Jack Williams, The Magnificent Peninsula. -- 0 (0%)
Choral Pepper, Desert Magazine/ Baja book. -- 0 (0%)
Harry Crosby, several Baja books. --- 1 (3.23%)
Walt Peterson, The Baja Adventure Book. --- 2 (6.45%)
Bernie Swaim, 3 fun Baja-story-books. -- 0 (0%)
Marvin Patchen, Baja Adventures ... -- 0 (0%)
Gene Kira, 3 Baja books & WON articles --- 6 (19.35%)

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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 03:33 PM
The Baja Book Authors who inspired you to travel south.


Now that the Internet with Baja Nomad and other sites has pretty much replaced the bookstore or library as a source for Baja travel information or adventure stories, perhaps it is a time to remember those explorers, travelers, and authors if you are at an age where it was books and paper maps that gave you a clue as to what great adventures could be found just south of our border.

I am going to list several authors and some of what they did. These are not all of them as almost every Baja trip in the old days was worthy of a book.

On edit, I see it will only take one vote, so if you can pick the most inspirational author.

Vote for the one you got information or inspiration from.

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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 03:40 PM


Okay, so there is no option to vote for more than one. Please be welcome to post here your favorite books that made you want to go south: :light:

Some of the books listed above:






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The Auto Club of Southern California (AAA) guides from the last one (2004) and back in time... not all, but a few!













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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 03:58 PM


The Desert Magazine series is a gem, Still go back to the archives for perspective adjustment when I'm feeling wimpy



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 03:58 PM


No baja-specific book. But for travel inspiration i suppose early road trip inspiration from on the road, electric koolaid acid test, and fear and loathing in las vegas :biggrin:



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:07 PM


Jerry schaad’s map of SPM and Robinson’s book turned me on to SPM.
Back in the 80s there were some surfer guide books that turned me on to a few coastal areas. Dont think the books had names i can remember, were more like stapled xerox prints sold in surf shops. They still sell those guides to secret spots?




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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:08 PM


No author inspired me to go south. My brother asked me to go with him to fish, dive, drink beer, camp and later motorcycles. I probably went to Baja for a couple of years before I bought a book. My first books were the large ring bound almanac, Bikers Guide to Baja by Joe Parkhurst and Adventure to Lands End by Paul Fischer.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:15 PM


Was a big boater and mostly hit up all the islands off of LA. Then started doing trips from San Diego to Ensenada.

Discovered a cruising website for the Sea of Cortez. It had a map of all the main towns and anchorages. It linked to pages for each town. That site really opened my eyes to Baja.

First Baja books I ever bought were Gerry Cunningham's 3 Sea of Cortez guide books. Read and out lined them all. Plotted the GPS using it.

After reading up the first big Baja trip we tried to go from San Felipe to San Carlos. Made it to Santa Rosalia before the weather told us there was no way in hell we were going to make it across to the mainland with the wind blowing hard from the North.

Checked years ago and that site was taken down. Super bummed.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:16 PM


Not too many books in the 50's . but as they became available we did use the AAA maps and trip guides. And my father before that, and his father before that. Didn't need books...it was family history.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:17 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaTed  
The Desert Magazine series is a gem, Still go back to the archives for perspective adjustment when I'm feeling wimpy

Indeed they were and still are.
Have you seen the directory of all the Desert Magazine Baja articles here on Nomad... with links to the online magazines from 1937 to 1993?
Here: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=73137




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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:22 PM


DK, that list is chit w/o Cunningham's books. They are much better than most of those.





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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 04:43 PM
More book covers from the list above...


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Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
No author inspired me to go south. My brother asked me to go with him to fish, dive, drink beer, camp and later motorcycles. I probably went to Baja for a couple of years before I bought a book. My first books were the large ring bound almanac, Bikers Guide to Baja by Joe Parkhurst and Adventure to Lands End by Paul Fischer.










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Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
DK, that list is chit w/o Cunningham's books. They are much better than most of those.





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Perhaps because I am not a boat owner, my collection of boating Baja books is not complete. Thanks for sharing the book that inspired you to go to Baja.

Here are a few other boating in Baja books, I can show:



















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Quote: Originally posted by rts551  
Not too many books in the 50's . but as they became available we did use the AAA maps and trip guides. And my father before that, and his father before that. Didn't need books...it was family history.



[Edited on 6-29-2018 by rts551]


This one from 1953 was pretty inspirational for many, and Mike McMahan was one of the guys in the story. The video made by them has been linked here a few times, too.



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From 1977, this was a great book, by Jim Hunter with detailed road logs to several locations on the peninsula, including Mission Santa María and The Seven Sisters Coast :o :





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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 05:39 PM


The Sea of Cortez.
It belongs to my ex-wife. It was her fathers. He had passed but I found it on her bookself at the family home in Tustin.
Her dad was an old time baja lover.
Changed my life.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 05:45 PM


"God and Mr.Gomez" by Jack Smith really fired up my imagination.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 05:46 PM


I'm sure God and Mr. Gomez by Jack Smith inspired more than a few folks.



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My first trip was when I was 4 couldn't read at the time. Going south was just part of what we did. I have a large collection of books now. You missed The Baja Feeling by Ben Hunter. It had quite the following in it's day.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 06:19 PM


Not mainly about Baja but the author Bill ( Guillermo ) Sorenson ends up in San Jose Del Cabo fishing the Gordo banks.

The book is " Siempre Manana " ( 75 years of fishing fun )....

It's his autobiography of growing up near Log Beach and a lifetime of fishing up and down the west coast...

I highly recommend it , A GREAT read !!




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