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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 06:33 PM


While the books of Tom Miller, Graham Mackintosh, John Steinbeck, Jack Williams, Harry Crosby, Walt Peterson and Marvin Patchen inspired Baja destinations to explore, no book got more use from me on my trips than the Baja Handbook by Joe Cummings (Moon Publishing, now Avalon).



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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 07:15 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
"God and Mr.Gomez" by Jack Smith really fired up my imagination.

Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
I'm sure God and Mr. Gomez by Jack Smith inspired more than a few folks.




There are so many good books on Baja! I am glad this has created some input!




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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 07:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by MMc  
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.

Thank you!
I have it, one of the books published by Tom and Shirley Miller... I loved it!
I knew I would miss some favorites and am glad it has inspired Nomads to post theirs! I remember Ben Hunter on TV in Southern California playing movies and talking about them, much live Turner Classic Movie channel does now. Ben was on L.A. Channel 5, I think (or maybe 9 or 13)?








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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 08:22 PM


"The Baja Catch " got me going in the mid 80's. I always enjoyed reading Fred Hocter in WON as well, his Baja Ha Ha was entertaining, good post, I will read few of these. I just finished ' Journey of the Flame ' and have also read a few not so well known as listed above, all good and entertaining stuff, I've pasted around "King of the Moon" by Gene Kira, always got good reviews
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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 08:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Paco Facullo  
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 !!


I met Bill in '96 in San Jose Del Cabo. He had a few of his books to sell and we chatted for a couple of hours. An interesting man who led an interesting life. A good read if you can find the book. I just re-read my copy a couple of months ago.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 10:28 PM
Fred Hoctor "BajaHaHa"


http://www.mexfish.com/enad/enad/af010908/af010908.htm

And, DavidK, you neglected to give equal credit to Ed Ricketts on the author credits "Journey to the Sea of Cortez"

[Edited on 6-30-2018 by GypsyJan]
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[*] posted on 6-29-2018 at 10:39 PM


I didn't mention Journey to the Sea of Cortez, but thanks for doing that.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez does not shaw Ricketts as a co-author, but he is mentioned in the book.

I never implied the books I listed were the only ones, and I welcome Nomads to give the name of the books that inspired them. If I have them in my library, I will show the cover.

Keep naming your favorite Baja inspiration or adventure books!

Fred Hoctor's book (Paulina knew him well):





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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 07:39 AM


Quote: Originally posted by KurtG  
Quote: Originally posted by Paco Facullo  
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 !!


I met Bill in '96 in San Jose Del Cabo. He had a few of his books to sell and we chatted for a couple of hours. An interesting man who led an interesting life. A good read if you can find the book. I just re-read my copy a couple of months ago.


Thank you both for mentioning this little paperback. With some searching, I found I had a copy somewhat hidden by my much larger books on sailing Baja's waters. I have a copy autographed to Ginger Potter (Mike McMahan's daughter and Baja Book IV author) in 1994. It is interesting that Bill Sorenson put his address, phone number, and social security number in the book. No fear of identity theft in the 90s!



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Quote: Originally posted by BajaNomad  
While the books of Tom Miller, Graham Mackintosh, John Steinbeck, Jack Williams, Harry Crosby, Walt Peterson and Marvin Patchen inspired Baja destinations to explore, no book got more use from me on my trips than the Baja Handbook by Joe Cummings (Moon Publishing, now Avalon).



A very detailed guidebook, yes. I have the 5th edition (2003) by Joe Cummings, a 2009 Moon Spotlight guide to Ensenada and Northern Baja, and the 10th (2017) edition by Jennifer Kramer (Discover Baja Travel Club):









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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 07:55 AM


If any Nomad here wants to read "Siempre Manana" and don't want to buy a $30 copy on Amazon , I have a copy and will send it to you with your promise to send it back in a timely manner as it's my last copy.

It really is a GOOD book especially if you are into fishing and have fished the west coast including Baja.




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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 08:04 AM
A Baja legend... Jimmy Smith


Don Jimmy had quite an adventurous life. Migrating to San Ignacio in the 1960s when it was 400 miles from a paved road, climbing to the top of the mesa above town to meet the Erle Stanley Gardner expedition camped at the airstrip, so disgusted by Choral Pepper that she named him the 'Grinning Gargoyle', he couldn't help but to adopt the handle and write a book, in 2001!





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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 08:46 AM
New inspirational book from a cancer survivor, in 2017


I have reviewed this book when I got my copy... The author is on Facebook posting photos and videos of her struggle riding and walking El Camino Real through Baja and it is inspiring new people to take on the challenges of life and some will discover Baja through Edie's writings.




Here is the book's Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/TheMissionWalker/




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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 12:43 PM


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.
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Yes, the AAA Baja map and guide book was the first thing I ever got for going to Baja. I still have all my AAA maps from all the years. I would write the KM numbers for locations and turn-offs etc. I'd plot race courses on them to give me a better ideal of where I was at when going and coming. I didn't want to get lost but somehow I did all the time, the fun part was getting un-lost.
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[*] posted on 6-30-2018 at 12:57 PM


'People's Guide to Mex', AAA '83 guidebook, Kira, Miller.
Impressive collection DK, I doubt if there is a better one




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Quote: Originally posted by sancho  
'People's Guide to Mex', AAA '83 guidebook, Kira, Miller.
Impressive collection DK, I doubt if there is a better one

I think Neal Johns has me beat and Rockman (Norm Christie) has the biggest BAJA book and magazine collection.




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Quote: Originally posted by Paco Facullo  
If any Nomad here wants to read "Siempre Manana" and don't want to buy a $30 copy on Amazon , I have a copy and will send it to you with your promise to send it back in a timely manner as it's my last copy.

It really is a GOOD book especially if you are into fishing and have fished the west coast including Baja.


Very super-Nomadic of you!




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like many have said here..we were going to Baja before we knew about the books..but I love the books...
Have a great 4th everyone..



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[*] posted on 7-3-2018 at 11:14 AM


Nice photo of your books!
I don't have Lou Federico's book and the one on the left of the AAA guide, Riverman something? What is that?
What is the sideways book on the other side of the AAA guide, between the sofa cushions? Is it an Erle Stanley Gardner book?
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 11:10 AM


So far, counting the votes (have you voted yet?)...

1) Gener Kira with 6 votes.
2) Erle Stanley Gardner with 3 votes.
3) Tom Miller, Walt Peterson, and the AAA guide's Dave Brackney are tied with 2 votes each.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 07:14 AM


Good eyes David K. The "Riverman, Desertman" book should not be in there..it is about the history of Blythe, CA. My bad..

The Green book is "Hovering over Baja" Erle Stanley Gardner..signed copy..
By the way David...Post # 100 for me....I am coming for you.

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