| Baja has been in my blood since
1965, when my parents began their travels south in a Jeep Wagoneer. Gonzaga
Bay was our first destination. A two week adventure from Tijuana to Cabo
San Lucas ocurred in 1966. L.A. Bay was visited in 1967. In addition to
those trips, many long weekends were spent south of San Felipe at Nuevo
Mazatlan (Agua de Chale). Later on, I often camped at a beach I call 'Shell
At 15, I authored my first guidebook
in 1973. Titled, 'Baja and the Transpeninsular Highway', it was the first
guide to the new Baja highway (still under construction) . Trips without
parents began when I was 16 in my street legal dune buggy. My next Bajaguidebook
was published in the Jan., 1975 special edition of The Baja California
I made numerous trips to Baja for
camping, exploring, and to watch the off road races. I was invited to help
a pit team at Nuevo Junction for the '78 Baja 500. I joined up with the
Vista based team 'Los Campeones', and was a 'pit captain' for several Score
races. Class 6 racer, 'Skip' Ylhainen asked me to be his co-driver in the
'79 Baja 1000 (Ensenada to La Paz). Even though we broke down early in
the race, I had fulfilled a dream, and an experience to be sure!
I extensively mapped the area south
and west from San Felipe and 'rediscovered' a road that leads across the
coastal range from the sulfur mine to Valle Chico. This led me to explore
Matomi canyon, with a waterfall and large pool, even in August!
I wrote a few articles for the Mexico West Travel
Club newsletter, and became friends with club owners and Baja authors Tom
and Shirley Miller.
In the 1990's, business, marriage,
and children had reduced the trips taken into Baja. But, with the Internet
one can revisit Baja daily! I reply to posts on the several Baja bulletin
or message boards when I can provide information or links. I have also
served as Internet 'secretary' for Graham Mackintosh (author of 'Into a
Desert Place' and 'Journey With a Baja Burro'). On the Internet I met Baja
Mur. A wonderful gentleman, full of life, with a heart set on adventure!
We met in person May 1st, 1999 ( at 3 a.m.), and by 3 p.m. had been to
Mision Santa Maria and suffered injuries together attempting to leave the
valley containing the mission. Thus becoming 'Baja Blood Brothers' or BBB
for short. Thanks to Mur's camera and web page, our Baja friends can enjoy
the sights. Some of which are on this web page.
In July, 2000, 'Lorenzo de Baja',
invited me to go for a week exploring sites in northern Baja. I met him
two months earlier at a gathering in San Clemente where I met Baja amigo
Timothy Walker of TimsBaja.com. On the Internet, one discovers an amazing
amount of Baja enthusiasm is 'out there'.
My first Viva Baja party was next.
Baja people love to meet other Baja people. We share experiences, and realize
we are not alone. Others have the disease, known as 'Baja Fever'!
I acquired a four wheel drive truck
and took Lorenzo exploring the last weekend of 2000. The Presidents Day
2001 Weekend, was the first Baja Amigos group trip.
'Amo Pescar' wanted to start a tour
business and made me his partner. Named after my party, Viva Baja Tours,
we began to scout locations in April, 2001. A 4WD tour van was purchased.
The maiden voyage with Baja amigos as passengers, in June & July. We
started that trip by attending the very first BBBB party, then continuing
on south. The attack on America of 9/11/01 derailed our tour business.
Trips of fun and exploration continue.
Communicating on the Internet with many old and new friends means more
adventures in Baja are guaranteed! Please use the Baja Links to view Baja
Mur's and other great web sites!