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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 06:18 PM
Baja Time Machine! Photos from the 1960's and 1970's.


Over the next few posts/ days/ weeks in this thread, I will share my family Baja photos that were all on slides... and today I just received them on CD.

Except for a couple, I made prints of many years ago, these have never before been seen on the Internet (or by me for 30 years)!

Since they are not in any special order as I download them, I will add them here randomly, so check back to see if there is some place you recognize from 40-50 years ago!

The slides were from trips to Gonzaga Bay in '65, Nuevo Mazatlan, '67, L.A. Bay in '67, Loreto, Cabo in '72, again to Baja Sur on the new highway in '74, the first SCORE Baja race (at Mike's Sky Rancho) in '74, My dune buggy trips to Baja in '74 and '75, etc.


Our Jeep Wagoneer... this photo taken around 1967, I believe on the road between Ensenada and San Felipe... here between Diablo Dry Lake and San Felipe (?)


South of Puertecitos, on the old, old road!


Heading to Gonzaga Bay, 1965! My first Baja trip!!!


Alfonsina's in 1965... I imagine that is the same concrete pad, with the kitchen on the left, built upon and around today?


Beach in front of Alfonsina's cantina, 50 years ago!


Bahia de los Angeles, Casa Diaz, 1967


Casa Diaz, 1967


Loreto, year? My dad loved fishing... and he flew to the Flying Sportsman Lodge a few times in the 60's, or this may be when he and two fellow-dentists took a trip to the tip in 1972?


San Antonio del Mar, west of Colonet... fish camp just south of dunes.


Here's my dad on the 1972 trip to Cabo with two other dentists, using his 4WD Chevy Suburban. This man is totally responsible for my happy addiction to Baja! He taught me four-wheeling, camping, fishing, and kindness as well as showing people a good time! He passed away in 1989, a few months after my son was born, my mom followed him just a couple years later.







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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 06:37 PM


Thanks, looking forward to more.




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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 06:47 PM


I would like to hear about your Dad

I want to know what drove him to explore Mexico in the 60's?

What he did for a living etc.

Also if your Mom enjoyed it or not




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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 06:49 PM


Wow, Great pictures David. How time flies.
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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 07:22 PM


:):) ... Thanks ..

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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 07:34 PM


Very cool! can't wait to see more!
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[*] posted on 10-14-2015 at 10:27 PM



My parents making lunch at Parador Punta Prieta (L.A. Bay Junction) in July 1974. This was a special trip to Cabo so I could have fresh data for my second Baja Road Guide, to be published by The Baja Bulletin Magazine, I was 16 when I took this photo.


1972 Boojum Trees


1974, nearing the new Eagle Monument on the border between the north and Sur, 5 miles north and west from Guerrero Negro then.


1972 Cabo San Lucas at the new Hotel Finisterra.


1972, Casa Diaz, Bahia de los Angeles. Most guests still arrived by plane!


1974 Cielito Lindo, south of San Quintin... a new resort. It hasn't changed hardly at all since then!


SCORE CHECKPOINT, Mike's Sky Rancho, the very first Score Race in Mexico.. the July 1974 Baja Internacional.

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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 05:57 AM


Great pics! Loving the old photos, David! Look at all that vacant dirt in Cabo....unbelievable!



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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 08:06 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Great pics! Loving the old photos, David! Look at all that vacant dirt in Cabo....unbelievable!


Thanks Pacifico... I am leaving for work now, but will try and put a few more up tonight!

I made an edit above, the Casa Diaz photo was from the dentist trip in 1972, not our family trip in 1967... not much difference yet... New road was bulldozed in 1974 from Hwy. 1, and not paved for a few years, and very thin pavement that didn't last very long. In 1984, it was a mess, full of pot holes.




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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 08:16 AM


Great photos David, thanks. I lost my own father several decades back and still miss him so very much today. Amazing how after all that time, they continue to make such an impact on who we are today. And so, their memory lives on through us. I know your dad must be smiling right now, reliving these memories with you...



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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 09:07 AM
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Could you post some pictures of the the 3 sisters, showing how rough it was. Late comers to baja won't believe about how rough it really was.

Also the road maintance man with the wheel barrow and shovel.

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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 09:10 AM


Thanks for posting those photos and stories, David. I look forward to more of them.
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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 11:07 AM



Thanks keep them coming

what happened to you Mission tour ??
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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 11:36 AM


Love the old photos, especially the 1972 Cabo photo, pre-Marina, pre-$10 beers, pre-huge hotels, pre-drunk Americans - back when Cabo was a real town. Six years after you took this photo, I camped on the beach immediately east of town, just below the cemetery. All progress, I suppose ...



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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 11:41 AM


Awesome pictures DK! I love that Baja nostalgia!



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Quote: Originally posted by BajaGringo  
Great photos David, thanks. I lost my own father several decades back and still miss him so very much today. Amazing how after all that time, they continue to make such an impact on who we are today. And so, their memory lives on through us. I know your dad must be smiling right now, reliving these memories with you...



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Quote: Originally posted by Corky1  
David:
Could you post some pictures of the the 3 sisters, showing how rough it was. Late comers to baja won't believe about how rough it really was.

Also the road maintance man with the wheel barrow and shovel.

Thanks
Corky


Yes, Corky... and I will post that photo from the Cliff Cross guidebook that shows the wheel barrel guy, south of Puertecitos in the 60's. When we drove by, the wheel barrel was there withy a sign asking for donations, but nobody was around (siesta time, perhaps?).


Edit: Corky, photos of the old road below Puertecitos and guy with the wheel barrel are in this thread... scroll down, second page perhaps: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=64948

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The Eagle, when you could see it all! Parador Paralelo 28°.

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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 08:03 PM
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On the newly graded road bed into Bahia de los Angeles. Blacktop would come a few years later! My next trip to L.A. Bay was in summer 1976, and pavement still ended just a few miles east of Hwy. 1, but crews were working on it.




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[*] posted on 10-15-2015 at 08:10 PM
? Hwy. 1 Under Construction ?




*Thinking this is the Bahia de los Angeles road... in 1974?

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