World War 2 in Baja California

Interest in this period of history comes from our exploring the Pole Line Road, northwest of San Felipe: Here are some details off the Internet, with links to read more: 1) From History of San Diego by Richard Pourade While United States Cavalry patrolled the border and guarded nearby reservoirs, concern arose over the […]

Baja Travel Adventures

106 Baja Bound Travel Adventure Stories, by David Kier Map of story locations  Personal stories: Catching the Baja Bug A Passion for Baja Maps The Books That Brought Us to Baja, Part 1 The Books That Brought Us to Baja, Part 2 Spring Break 1974 Returning to Mission Santa María 1967 Baja Trip to Bahía […]

Matomí Canyon (1979-2017)

The Matomí Canyon Waterfalls was a point of interest first told to my family by Arnold Limón of San Felipe around 1967. Arnold was the owner of Arnold’s Del Mar Café, where we would stop for a meal on our way to or from points south. He described an exotic waterfall that filled a giant […]

Bahía Concepción in photos (1976-2019)

  These are photographs from my many trip web pages showing Bahía Concepción locations. If I find any more, especially from my trips here of 1966, 1973 and 1974, they will be added. 1976 1985 2001 2007 2009 Playa Buenaventura (Km. 93+) Playa La Perla (Km. 91 & 92 access roads) 2012 Playa La Perla […]

San Javier in photos (1926-2017)

[All photos below that are prior to 1973, are off the Internet and shown here purely for educational purposes.] 1926 Edward Davis 1950 Marquis McDonald [author of Baja: Land of Lost Missions] 1952 Howard Gulick [co-author of Lower California Guidebook, (1956-1970 editions and printings), and Baja California Guidebook (1975 & 1980)]. I met Mr. Gulick in […]

The Gold of Northern Baja, prospecting on YouTube

Author and host of several YouTube tutorials on finding bits of gold in the mountains and desert of Baja California. Jens talks about his camping spots and describes plants and geology as he shows us how to find (and pan for) the gold. Come along with this humorous prospector and maybe bring a shovel and […]

California and Baja California, a tutorial

This peninsula was the first place called ‘California’ and thus the body of water on its east coast is the Gulf of California/ Golfo de California (but also known as the Sea of Cortez/ Mar de Cortés). When the Spanish missions expanded north of the peninsula (in 1769+), this northern region was called Nueva (New) […]

Las Pintas 2000-2016 (fossil and petroglyph grotto)

July 24, 2000: The Road to Las Pintas Las Pintas July 1, 2001 Sept. 17, 2005 On Sept. 17, 2005, Elizabeth (my girlfriend of nine months) and I traveled from El Rosario’s Baja Cactus Motel to the Las Pintas petroglyph and fossil grotto. Travel directions follow the photos. DIRECTIONS (in 2005) Highway 1, southward from […]

La Lobera (2005-2016)

May 2005 October 2005 April 2006 Just 3 miles west of Hwy. 1 (between Km. 47 and 48) is the dramatic coast and future sea food restaurant! July 2006 November 2006 July 4, 2011 It is 6 miles north (of El Rosario) on Hwy. 1 to the La Lobera road, between Km. 47 and 48. […]

Edits to 2023 Benchmark Atlas

After a quick glance and a look at my email exchanges, here is what I could see that is new for 2023 over 2021. Note: there may be others and feel free to let me know what you discover. San Felipe Municipality added on multiple pages. Page 29: Puerto Nuevo [lobster village] (added) Page 35: […]

2023 Baja Expo

    17 year ago… Greg had big news to share! Sitting next to me was Jens Tobias, author of a new book that is full of amazing details for the Baja explorer that lives in many of us. Order you own copy: 

Guadalupe Canyon (2001-2008)

Where is Guadalupe Canyon? Fifteen miles west of Mexicali, or fifty-seven miles east of Tecate, and then 35 miles south: GPS DIRECTIONS TO GUADALUPE CANYON (WGS84) Km. 28 is the Graded Road at Mexico #2: 32°34.33′, -115°47.40′ Km. 24 is the Dry Lake Road at Mexico #2: 32°34.57′, -115°44.67′ Junction of Graded and Dry Lake […]

Montevideo in photos (2002-2017)

This page is dedicated to the colorful pictographs of Montevideo, taken by my camera from New Years Weekend 2002 to my final visit in February 2017. The bigger, better images will be the newer ones, found by scrolling down past the older ones. The photos have been color enhanced so they are more like what […]

San Ignacio in photos (mission & river, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016. 2017, 2019)

The mission of San Ignacio de Kadakaamán, was founded in 1728 by Padre Juan Bautista de Luyando, and was the eleventh Spanish mission in California. San Ignacio was the northernmost mission for the next twenty-four years and today is the northernmost Spanish mission in the state of Baja California Sur. The site for San Ignacio […]

Shell Island, 40 years in photos (1978-2018)

The long, narrow barrier island beach, between Percebu and Bahía Santa María, is backed by lagoons on the north and the south, that fill at high tide. During lunar high tides, these two lagoons connect and this narrow beach is surrounded by water. This is why I named it Shell Island (in 1978) instead of […]