In 2006, Graham Mackintosh spent two months hiking and kayaking along the colorful and dramatic shores of 42-mile-long Guardian Angel Island (Isla Angel de la Guarda), the second largest island in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. In this, his fourth book on Baja California, Mackintosh, in characteristic humorous and informative style, writes about the uninhabited island's history and geology, the hazards of navigating its waters, the visitors he encountered, the creatures who call it ...
In 2006, Graham Mackintosh spent two months hiking and kayaking along the colorful and dramatic shores of 42-mile-long Guardian Angel Island (Isla Angel de la Guarda), the second largest island in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
In this, his fourth book on Baja California, Mackintosh, in characteristic humorous and informative style, writes about the uninhabited island's history and geology, the hazards of navigating its waters, the visitors he encountered, the creatures who call it home, the threats that loom over it... and finally about his fears and ways of coping alone in such a beautiful but challenging location.
Full of fascinating observations about encounters with drug runners, poachers, Humboldt squid, feral cats, endemic chuckwallas and the large endemic Mitchell’s rattlesnakes that prey on them… and packed with useful information about making drinking water from the sea, how to drop beer by parachute from a small plane, and the challenges of paddling a sit-on-top kayak in waters subject to extreme wind and current conditions.
Always thought-provoking and sometimes controversial, Marooned With Very Little Beer easily shifts from the practical to the poetic, from comedy to tragedy, and from the irreverent to the profoundly spiritual.
Over 180 maps and photographs, many in full color.
Marooned With Very Little Beer is Graham Mackintosh's tale of his willing stay "roughing it" at a deserted place known as Guardian Angel Island, off the coast of Baja California. His story is one of getting in touch with nature, history, geology, and most importantly, getting to know himself. Written in a witty yet informative and enlightening manner, Marooned With Very Little Beer is a top pick for community library memoir collections and for anyone who wants a tale of true adventure.
Graham Mackintosh was born in London and graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Sociology.
In 1983 he was a lecturer at a college in England, teaching social sciences and special education to unemployed teenagers. In the hope of showing his students that a shoestring expedition could be the adventure of a lifetime, Mackintosh, who described himself as the "least adventurous person in the world," set out to walk around the beautiful but dangerous coastline of Baja California.
The almost two-year, 3,000-mile trip changed his life. When he emerged from the cactus-strewn wilderness, he returned to England to write his first book, Into a Desert Place and there received the prestigious "Adventurous Traveller of the Year" award.
In 1997 he decided to walk down the rugged, mountainous interior of Baja, visiting many of the old missions along the way. Journey with a Baja Burro, his second book, was the result. It describes his arduous thousand-mile journey with a pack burro from the US border to Loreto—a trip that began exactly 300 years after the October 1697 founding of the Loreto mission, the first permanent European settlement in the "Californias."
In 2001, Graham spent four months in Baja’s Sierra San Pedro Martir with two street dogs, which became the subject of his third book — Nearer My Dog to Thee: A Summer in Baja’s Sky Island.
His fourth book, Marooned With Very Little Beer, was first published in 2008
Graham Mackintosh became a US citizen in 2004 and now lives in San Diego, California. He continues to give lectures and slide shows on his trips, and writes articles on Baja. He is married to Bonni, a nurse, who shares his love for Baja and nature.
Read more at: www.grahammackintosh.com