Posts By: Graham Mackintosh

Baja’s Wild Side

Baja's Wild Side

A Photographic Journey Through Baja California’s Pacific Coast Region   Book review by Graham Mackintosh Hiking the Northern Pacific coast of Baja in 1983 I was struck by its wondrous light and astounding beauty. Carrying little film for my point and shoot 35mm camera, I had to consign countless scenes to memory. Sometimes I only… Read more »

Favorite Baja Summer Destination: Sierra de San Pedro Mártir

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By Graham Mackintosh For over 20 years I’ve been enjoying summer camping and hiking in Baja’s oldest National Park – the spectacular Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. I even spent four months up there with two street dogs and no vehicle in the summer of 2001, an experience which gave rise to my third… Read more »

The Patchen Cabin

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By Graham Mackintosh Less than a mile off the highway just south of Cataviña, and close to the campground and runway at Santa Ines, there’s a humble cabin inconspicuously nestled into giant boulders overlooking a palm-studded arroyo. A stately spreading elephant tree provides morning shade. A narrow recess in a huge granite boulder supports a… Read more »

Dollar Deals

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By Graham Mackintosh For many years, heading down Highway 1, a typical first night in Baja for me meant camping in the peace and quiet of the desert around Cataviña. Leaving San Diego by mid-morning I would usually be there and setup by nightfall. Sometimes I’d sleep in a tent; other times in my vehicle…. Read more »

Among the Wildflowers

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By Graham Mackintosh What a great time to visit Baja! After so much rain its deserts and mountains have undergone a remarkable transformation. Almost every vista capable of bearing vegetation is strikingly green. The cirios are as leafed out as I ever remember, as are the ocotillos. The cacti look plump and gorged; and some… Read more »

Ensenada’s Caracol Science Museum

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By Graham Mackintosh Ensenada’s impressive new “Caracol – Museo de Ciencias” has been almost ten years in the making. It is prominently situated on Avenida Club Rotario #3, sandwiched between the harbor and the palatial white Riviera Civic, Social, and Cultural Center. Given its location, the Caracol (Spanish for snail or seashell) Museum is clearly… Read more »

Return to Malarrimo Beach

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By Graham Mackintosh Thirty years ago I was in the middle of a two-year quest to walk around the coast of Baja California. Pacific lagoons such as Ojo de Liebre (Scammon’s Lagoon) and Laguna San Ignacio presented special challenges. Heading north to south and unable to find any fishcamps on the northern shore, I had… Read more »