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[*] posted on 7-21-2023 at 07:27 AM
Baja Lifestyle & Travel Expo - Sept. 30, 2023 - San Diego


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Saturday, Sept. 30th - Save The Date!
Baja Bound is proud to announce the 2nd annual Baja Lifestyle & Travel Expo! The Expo will be held at Crown Point Park in San Diego on Saturday, Sept. 30th. The event will feature over 100 booths, live music, guest speakers, food trucks, a beer & wine garden and raffle prizes! If you didn't get a chance to attend the event in 2022, check out the video and photo gallery at the bottom of the page! We will announce the full lineup of guest speakers, live music and exhibitors in August.

We hope to see you there!

A bit from the 2022 event (includes Graham Mackintosh):



Want to have an exhibit booth? See details here: https://www.bajabound.com/expo

My 2022 Expo photos: https://vivabaja.com/march-2022-baja-expo-in-san-diego/




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[*] posted on 7-21-2023 at 12:20 PM


Thanks for posting David. I'm looking forward to the event.
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[*] posted on 7-21-2023 at 03:17 PM


To quote from one of my favorite movies, "Anything free is worth saving up for."



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[*] posted on 7-23-2023 at 10:26 AM


Many of you have been waiting a long time for my Baja Bound Road Guide to be published. Me too!!!

Baja Bound is a very busy company sponsoring many activities. My work on the guide was to be enhanced with large chapter header color photos (not all from me) and other nuances for a professional look, so a professional was hired to work on it. 2020 looked to be the year to publish the guide, then BAM, Covid hit the world, people stopped traveling, and the publishing was put on hold, naturally. It looked like 2022 was going to be the year for the guide, but no... Word I get from Baja Bound is that it will be ready for introduction at the Sept. 30, 2023 Baja Expo in San Diego.



The guide was my gift to Baja Bound, thanking them for hiring me to travel so many thousands of miles over the peninsula (Dec. 2016 to Aug. 2018) to record waypoints (GPS) and photos for their interactive map: https://www.bajabound.com/map/ (600+ points of interest from me, and more were added since).

My work on it originally ended in late 2018, following eight recon trips.
See the photos and notes in the eight trip reports posted on Baja Nomad and Tacoma World as well as eight photo albums ('web pages').
They are all listed/ linked here: https://vivabaja.com/tacoma-travels/
(because Photobucket messed up size settings and added watermarks here on Nomad, I linked to the Tacoma World posts which preserved the photos as originally posted... plus fewer replies for easier viewing)

Here is a page about the guide: https://vivabaja.com/baja-bound-road-guide/

Here are the 30 maps I made for the road guide (Nomads provided help with details when I made them... Road conditions were updated to 2022: https://vivabaja.com/davids-2018-maps/

Here is a sample of how I designed the road guide itself:


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The guide has been updated prior to publishing, as best as I was able. Here is an example of an updated page: (see if you can name two Baja Nomad members in photos on this page)>>>







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[*] posted on 7-25-2023 at 08:15 AM


While the guide pages above where my doing, the book's final look will be in the hands of Baja Bound's hired editor/ publisher... a fellow well known for producing Baja publications. He did create the cover, which I naturally like!



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[*] posted on 7-25-2023 at 06:19 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Many of you have been waiting a long time for my Baja Bound Road Guide to be published. Me too!!!





Nice. Looking forward to having another printed Baja book. Will it be for sale on their website?




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[*] posted on 7-26-2023 at 12:31 PM


No doubt, yes... but for sure it will have a link on my website and Facebook groups! "So much Baja, so little time" was my slogan. I am just so thrilled I could see so much Baja while researching the peninsula's roads.

I have seen Baja since the mid-1960s, and the changes. It really is a wealth of observations I want to share. I have a large photo library with dozens of 'albums' at VivaBaja to give a look at what travel has been like and how sites have changed. The mission photos from me and others, back to the 1800s really illustrate that!

I just made a page to show the Mission Santo Domingo photos, from my many pages and put them all here in one page: https://vivabaja.com/santo-domingo-in-photos/

I am doing the same with other missions and other locations. All to make seeing the place in Baja you are interested in, more easy...

VivaBaja website: https://vivabaja.com/
VivaBaja Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vivabaja
BajaMissions Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bajamissions




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[*] posted on 7-27-2023 at 02:01 PM
Good for you David.


a nice addition to the writings about history and roads.

As we've talked about more than a few times - the BIG question - will it have an Index of place names, a critical feature in my view?

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[*] posted on 7-27-2023 at 05:11 PM


Quote: Originally posted by John M  
a nice addition to the writings about history and roads.

As we've talked about more than a few times - the BIG question - will it have an Index of place names, a critical feature in my view?

John M


You were a major helper with all my books and that is appreciated. The Road Guide is Baja Bound's and while I was all set to do the index work, the manuscript with corrected page numbers has yet to be sent to me. Maybe it can happen but perhaps not until a second edition? I could always create a pdf one for anyone who requests.
Thinking of you, I have been building one on my website! www.vivabaja.com/viva-baja-index/

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[*] posted on 7-28-2023 at 07:16 AM


Congratulations on the book, David. Great resource for future travelers.
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[*] posted on 7-28-2023 at 07:24 AM


Quote: Originally posted by wilderone  
Congratulations on the book, David. Great resource for future travelers.


Thank you so much, Cindi... but it is not here, yet! Fingers crossed.




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[*] posted on 9-7-2023 at 04:31 PM
Mark your calendar, Sept. 30 on Mission Bay, San Diego


For my amigos who have been waiting for the printed version of the Baja Bound Road Guide, to be introduced on Sept. 30 at the Expo... I have NO NEWS.

It is frustrating to have worked on a pretty-good guide and then turn it over to someone else to set-up and publish who doesn't communicate. Let's just say, I will be pleasantly surprised to see it in print then.

I have made available to the Nomads here, over half of the book; some as sample jpeg pages on VivaBaja.com or as a PDF of the north half part of the guide, by mail.

The good news is that changes I have seen or heard have kept the original 2018 guide updated through 2022.

SEE: https://vivabaja.com/baja-bound-road-guide/




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[*] posted on 9-12-2023 at 12:31 PM


The last weekend in September could be a 1-2 punch for trade shows!

Go to the Baja Expo in San Diego (Crown Point Park, Mission Bay) on Saturday, Sept. 30 (FREE) https://www.bajabound.com/expo

and then the Off Road Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona on Sunday, Oct. 1 ($16-$20). https://www.offroadexpo.com/event/california/

There was a time when many of us Nomads went to the Off Road Expo, met up, had fun. Then we get old, things change, and don't drive as much, ha!

Posts about the Off Road Expo, 2004-2014:

2014 Off Road Expo: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=75692

2011 Off Road Expo: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=55596

2009 Off Road Expo, part 1: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=41876

2009 part 2: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=41877

2008 Off Road Expo: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=34002

2007 Off Road Expo: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=27265

2006 Off Road Expo: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=19902

2004 Off Road Expo post, no pics: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=6007

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[*] posted on 9-25-2023 at 06:45 PM


Looking forward to this!

I want to warn those who may be coming from the south and driving Interstate 5 that there will be major lane closures starting at National City and toward downtown San Diego. In that 6 mi. section only one lane open. Some onramps, offramps to Int. 5 closed as well. I think it will open to all lanes around the Sassafras, Pacific Hwy. offramps.
There is more detailed information online. Starts Sept. 29, 9 pm to Oct. 2, 5 am. (Fri - Mon).
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[*] posted on 9-26-2023 at 03:24 AM


Use I-805 north or I-15 north then cut over on the I-8 to Mission Bay/ Sea World exit.

Early weather report mentions a chance for sprinkles Saturday... but they are usually wrong, right?




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[*] posted on 9-28-2023 at 06:16 AM


Good Thursday Morning...
This Saturday, the last I heard was...
There is a 20% chance of rain... or you can say an 80% chance of no rain!

The Baja Expo is going to be really a big deal! There is a lot of Baja love in the Southwest.

I just learned our own GregN (Greg Niemann of 'Baja Fever' and 'Baja Legends') plans to be there.

Greg joins with other authors (and some are also Nomads):
Graham (Graham Mackintosh books and articles),
Edie Littlefield Sundby 'The Mission Walker',
Jens Tobias 'The Gold of Northern Baja',
and myself 'Baja California Land of Missions' and 'Baja Bound Road Guide' (no word from the publisher if it will be there, so don't hold your breath)... I will bring a pre-publication version of it you can flip through, but it is not in color.























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[*] posted on 9-28-2023 at 07:21 AM


Looks like a sweet event.




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[*] posted on 9-29-2023 at 08:31 AM


Dress for wet weather.
As Wilderone mentioned, if you are coming north from Tijuana or South Bay, avoid I-5 and use I-805 or I-15 north to I-8, then west to Mission Bay.




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[*] posted on 9-29-2023 at 07:31 PM


As advertised, I will be there with my little self-published book about the Gold of Northern Baja, written under my pen name Jens Tobias. I will have some copies for sale at twenty bucks, a discount from the Amazon price.

DK was kind enough to go through the book and found some typos that have now been corrected.

I feel like I will be in the shadow of Baja giants. Looks like a fun event with music etcetera hope to see you there --
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