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Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk around the Coast of Baja California
     

Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk around the Coast of Baja California

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by Graham MacKintosh
 

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"I had never been particularly good at anything except catering to my own comfort and safety," begins Graham Mackintosh with cheerful frankness in this engaging, suspenseful, and finally stirring travel adventure.
An Englishman, Mackintosh fell in love with Baja California on a visit and, despite a glaring shortage of both experience and money, determined to walk

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"I had never been particularly good at anything except catering to my own comfort and safety," begins Graham Mackintosh with cheerful frankness in this engaging, suspenseful, and finally stirring travel adventure.
An Englishman, Mackintosh fell in love with Baja California on a visit and, despite a glaring shortage of both experience and money, determined to walk its entire coast. Into a Desert Place is his account of how he equipped himself, what he saw and learned, and how he survived on this harsh and beautiful journey. The book was first published in England and then by Mackintosh himself in the United States; this is its first appearance in paperback.

Editorial Reviews

Irish Independent
“What has resulted from [Graham Mackintosh's] unsuspected determination and stamina is a truly uplifting account of what one person alone against the world can accomplish. It is also one of the finest pieces of travel writing of recent times.”
Coast Book Review Service
“Could well become an enduring classic. . . . Always vastly entertaining, this is one of the finest pieces of travel writing to appear in years and certainly one of the best books on Baja ever published. Don't miss this title; it's that good.”
Stockton Record
“An engagingly humorous and ultimately inspiring chronicle of high adventure.”
San Diego Log
“[A] 'can't-wait-to-turn-the-page' story.”
Stockton (CA) Record
An engagingly humorous and ultimately inspiring chronicle of high adventure.
Travelers Bookstore
This lively, often harrowing book...is truly astounding.
Albuquerque Journal
Before the trip, Mackintosh didn't consider himself a writer or an outdoorsman, for that matter. Most of his exercise consisted of knocking back a few beers in a pub or in front of a television set. With Into a Desert Place, Mackintosh proves he is both. In an uncluttered and sincere writing style, he takes the reader along on all legs of the journey, from the slow days of trudging up and down dusty hillsides to lively marine expeditions with Mexican fishermen...As he treks the miles with sore feet, Mackintosh changes from a clumsy, chubby city boy into a competent wilderness explorer, gaining endurance and a self confidence that comes only from pushing internal limits.
Book Reader
Mackintosh...is an intrepid writer who not only details his very exciting journey but also puts Baja California into historical perspective...An impressive collection of lore, adventure. Mackintosh has a very exceptional ability to involve the reader in his plights and his joys.
Western Outdoor News
Mackintosh is the five-foot-five, wiry, fair skinned, flame-headed Brit who, with no money to speak of, walked -- read my lips -- walked 3,000 miles solo down one Baja coast and up the other, carrying a 60-pound pack and surviving on cactus, rattlesnakes and the fish caught from shore on a small, telescoping Daiwa rod. In searing, killing heat, he painstakingly distilled minuscule quantities of life-sustaining water as he went, and he frazzled seven pairs of boots during the Odyssey...the book is, quite simply, the best Baja book ever published -- a sprint-paced, harrowing adventure yarn that has all the elements of a classic film.
Times (New Jersey)
Exciting, colorful, imaginative, amusing, instructive, this is a quirky, highly individualistic account of derring-do...Beyond recounting his travails, victories, hopes and set backs, Mackintosh introduces dozens of cameos of earlier visitors to Baja -- John Steinbeck to name one -- and a plethora of historical vignettes. Many colorful photographs help put you right in the experience -- you'll feel you've participated in every one of the 3000 tortuous and fatiguing miles...reading about it is a glorious experience, a demonstration of the sheer will requisite to conquer an unforgiving area of our planet.
New York Times Book Review
Mackintosh... makes a great traveling companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393312898
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Graham Mackintosh gives numerous lectures and radio and television interviews in both Britain and the United States.

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Into a Desert Place: A 3000 Mile Walk around the Coast of Baja California 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a lover of chronicles of human-powered journeys and adventures, a la Bill Bryson, Barbara Savage, David Wallace, Edward Abbey, etc., I found this book among the most enjoyable I've read. Humorous, honest, dramatic, well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago