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Poll: The Baja Book Authors who inspired you to travel south.
Howard Gulick, Lower California Guidebook. --- 1 (3.33%)
Erle Stanley Gardner, many Baja books. --- 3 (10%)
Tom Miller, The Baja Book & Mexico West. --- 2 (6.67%)
Mike McMahan, Baja books, and wall map. --- 1 (3.33%)
Graham Mackintosh, 4 Baja adventure books. --- 3 (10%)
David Brackney, AAA Baja Guide. --- 3 (10%)
Greg Niemann, Baja Fever & Baja Legends --- 2 (6.67%)
Ray Cannon, The Sea of Cortez and more. --- 3 (10%)
Bruce Berger, Almost an Island. -- 0 (0%)
John Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez. --- 2 (6.67%)
Walt Wheelock, La Siesta Press Baja books. -- 0 (0%)
Cliff Cross, Baja California Mexico Guide. --- 1 (3.33%)
Jack Williams, The Magnificent Peninsula. -- 0 (0%)
Choral Pepper, Desert Magazine/ Baja book. -- 0 (0%)
Harry Crosby, several Baja books. --- 1 (3.33%)
Walt Peterson, The Baja Adventure Book. --- 2 (6.67%)
Bernie Swaim, 3 fun Baja-story-books. -- 0 (0%)
Marvin Patchen, Baja Adventures ... -- 0 (0%)
Gene Kira, 3 Baja books & WON articles --- 6 (20%)

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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 07:22 AM


LOL Welcome to the "Over-100" club!

Cool to have a signed copy from who many consider the greatest mystery author in the world! You can still watch Perry Mason on some TV channels!

Desert Riverman is a book with Baja in it... I wonder if it is the same as your Riverman Desertman?

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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 07:45 AM


Thanks David..now you are going to make me go read the Book again..if Baja is in that book, it stays in the mix..

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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 08:06 AM


Well, the titles are not the same, but close. I cannot make out the print on the photo of your books. Desert Riverman (by Robert S. Wood) is about Murl Emery who was a pioneer of business along the Colorado River (mining bat guano, running a ferry, and operating a tour business). Erle Stanley Gardner had Emery along on his early Baja expeditions, primarily mentioned in Gardner's 1960 'Hunting the Desert Whale'.

In Desert Riverman, Emery talks about discovering one of Baja's lost missions, Dolores del Norte, while on the Gardner helicopter expedition to San Francisco de la Sierra. Choral Pepper was on the same trip and it was she who asked the villagers about the old stone walls up there... and they replied "Dolores".

[While the locals in the 1960s may have believed those walls were from the mission of Dolores del Norte, that was just a myth or error innocently handed down the generations of Arce's and Villavicencio's. Dolores del Norte was a proposed mission name for a future mission north of San Ignacio shown on letters and maps (1745-1757). When funding for the mission was obtained, the name was changed to Santa Gertrudis, to honor the wife of the benefactor. San Francisco was indeed a mission farm/ranch, attached to San Ignacio, but never a mission itself. It has insufficient water sources for agriculture, for one thing... but is located only a couple miles off one of the Camino Real routes north. San Pablo, an adobe visita church ruin in the canyon below San Francisco has also been called 'Dolores del Norte' by mission authors and INAH, in error.]




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[*] posted on 7-7-2018 at 08:27 AM


Keep voting Nomads who haven't!

I will add photos of more books if I have them here.





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[*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 03:07 PM


While in elementary school in the early sixties our teacher would read us books like "The Island of the Blue Dolphins". One book that she read us, which author or name I cannot remember for the life of me had to do I believe with Baja. It was about a little boy who was walking up the Baja coast by himself living off the land. It mentioned various estuaries and lagoons where he would get clams and fish. I think that he was trying to make it up north to some relative. I also think that some years later someone made it into a television movie of some sort. Sound familiar to anyone?
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[*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 04:36 PM


You got me thinking hard! I also had a teacher in the 60s that read The Island of the Blue Dolphins but I can't recall (not yet anyway) the other story... and I think I would if I had heard it?

I went to 3rd-5th grade at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary and there was a lot of local history told of the mission period and the California ranch period. Rancho Santa Fe was the Spanish turned Mexican 'Rancho San Dieguito' owned by a soldier who accompanied Father Serra and was at the presidio of San Diego, Juan Osuna.

The land was eventually used by the Santa Fe Railroad to grow eucalyptus trees for railroad ties. A dam (Lake Hodges) and aqueduct were built for tree irrigation. They grew fast but the wood was not able to support train tracks or spikes. The project was not a total failure when Col. Ed Fletcher came in with a plan to create a community of upscale homes among the forest of Australian trees. The ranch was renamed after the railroad company.

Anyway... let's keep thinking of the story of the boy walking along the coast of Baja... It hasn't 'Graham', was it??? ;)




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[*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 04:58 PM


One book to add to the list..."With Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez: A Memoir of the Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition", by Sparky Enea, a crew member on the Western Flyer. Some great personal observations and stories from the adventure
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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 08:07 AM


Thanks bajaguy... I only have the one Steinback book, shown in the photos above (The Log from The Sea of Cortez), otherwise, I could show the book you mention.

Nomads: Continue voting in the poll: What Baja book author has inspired you to travel (more) in Baja?

[Edited on 7-14-2018 by David K]




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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 08:34 AM


Coming Home from Devil Mountain describes some of the canyons, pools approaching Picacho del Diablo from the San Felipe side. A tale of survival and rescue – Bud Bernhard the hero ( and a sub-story about the woman’s conflicting relationship with her father). Peak bagging has never been something I was interested in, but hiking in 2-3 miles to some of the first pools is something I’d like to do after reading this book.

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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 09:29 AM


Ok, I voted for Baja Catch, but John Steinbeck's "Log From the Sea of Cortez" would have inspired me by itself. I read that after I started fishing in Baja. I highly recommend it to those who have not read it yet.
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Quote: Originally posted by wilderone  
Coming Home from Devil Mountain describes some of the canyons, pools approaching Picacho del Diablo from the San Felipe side. A tale of survival and rescue – Bud Bernhard the hero ( and a sub-story about the woman’s conflicting relationship with her father). Peak bagging has never been something I was interested in, but hiking in 2-3 miles to some of the first pools is something I’d like to do after reading this book.



Thanks for sharing that... one I hadn't heard of before. I knew of the incident as I think it was the year my folks and I did the Ensenada-San Felipe road. I think it was 1967(?) and they mentioned seeing a helicopter and hiking teams.

In Froylan Tiscareño's book, 'Baja California Adventures', he devotes a chapter to the search.

Here is the Amazon listing for the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0943173205/ref=dbs_a_def_r...




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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 01:31 PM


Coming Home from Devil Mountain is one of the few non-cook books my wife has read. She loved it and I thought it was a very good read too.
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[*] posted on 7-14-2018 at 01:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
One book to add to the list..."With Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez: A Memoir of the Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition", by Sparky Enea, a crew member on the Western Flyer. Some great personal observations and stories from the adventure

I have Sparky's book as well, fun read with a totally different viewpoint on that voyage. The irony is that I knew Sparky a little as a bartender in Monterey in the 60's but had no clue back then about his being on the Western Flyer.
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[*] posted on 7-15-2018 at 08:18 AM


Vote for the author who inspired you to explore Baja or explore it more, if you already were a Baja traveler before the book.

As of this morning:
1) Gene Kira
2) Erle Stanley Gardner, Ray Cannon, David Brackney (AAA), are tied.
3) Tom Miller

Edit: As of this afternoon:
1) Gene Kira
2) Erle Stanley Gardner, Ray Cannon, David Brackney (AAA), and Graham Mackintosh (tied).
3) Tom Miller, Greg Niemann, and Walt Peterson (tied).

If the author that inspired you is not on the ballot, please post a reply with who (or the book title).

[Edited on 7-15-2018 by David K]




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