Nearer My Dog to Thee: A Summer in Baja's Sky Island

Nearer My Dog to Thee: A Summer in Baja's Sky Island

by Graham Mackintosh

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Mackintosh goes to the mountain! Baja’s peripatetic author at his best.
– Gene Kira, Author of The Baja Catch and King of the Moon.

The book is much like Mackintosh himself — engaging, candid, and impulsive…chapter by chapter, and sometimes line by line, it swings from the poetic to the practical. I loved both his dogs, but even more so his beautifully drawn San Pedro Mártir.
– Jennifer Redmond, Sea of Cortez Review

Funny and full of fascinating information, Graham Mackintosh has beautifully brought to life another area of Baja California.
– Ann O’Neil, Author of Loreto, Baja California: First Mission and Capital of Spanish California.

The Sierra San Pedro Mártir is Baja California's “sky island,” where an ancient forest seems to touch the stars. At last, in Graham Mackintosh, this unique, breathtaking, and alas, endangered place has its bard.
Nearer My Dog To Thee is a both charming and important page-turner of a book. When I put it down, I felt as if I had spent four glorious months in the Sierra San Pedro Mártir myself. And what an adventure it was! Shooting stars, packs of coyotes, a soaring eagle, thunderclaps and crashing trees... I learned about mushrooms and condors, stars and comets and the planet Mars, and best of all, I “met” Pedro, a rescued mutt from Rosarito, and Penny, the cute-as-a-button little coyote-chasing terrier.
This book will delight anyone who loves Baja California, its high sierra, and most of all, dogs. Graham Mackintosh shows us that, indeed, God is dog spelled backwards.
– C.M. Mayo, Author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico.

Graham Mackintosh has done it again! With his characteristic humor and sense of wonder still undimmed, this beloved author brings his fans another armchair adventure in Baja California. This time, Mackintosh has substituted depth for breadth, exploring multiple aspects of just one area, the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. His enthusiastic curiosity ranges from world history to natural history, and he writes with verve about everything from surviving thunderstorms to the experience of hearing about 9/11/01 on a small radio in a remote mountain tent. But Mackintosh is at his best writing about relationships, particularly his evolving relationship with his canine companions. His honesty, his maturing spirituality, and his easy way with words all combine to make Nearer My Dog To Thee a wonderful addition to the literature of Baja California.
– Judy Goldstein Botello, Author of The Other Side

From his base camp tucked amongst aspens and pines, Graham Mackintosh focuses his enquiring mind upon this unique woodland and ends up delivering his readers a profound sense of the sacred... Mackintosh's engaging text reminds us that life's truest rewards often reside close at hand, in old growth pines, shared campfires, and cast off dogs.
– Bill Evarts, Author of Torrey Pines: Landscape and Legacy

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013467897
Publisher: Baja Detour Press
Publication date: 12/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 910,711
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

In 1983 Graham Mackintosh was teaching unemployed teenagers in England. 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 nearly two-year, 3,000-mile trip changed his life. When Mackintosh emerged from the cactus-strewn wilderness, he returned to England to write Into a Desert Place and there received the prestigious "Adventurous Traveler of the Year" award.

Mackintosh was soon drawn back to Baja… 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 the summer of 2001, Graham spent four months in Baja’s highest mountain range, the Sierra San Pedro Mártir, with two street dogs. That experience became the subject of his third book – Nearer My Dog to Thee."

His fourth book, Marooned With Very Little Beer, appeared in April 2008, and tells of his two months kayaking and hiking the second largest island in the Sea of Cortez – Isla Angel de la Guarda.

Graham Mackintosh now lives in San Diego, California. He continues to give lectures and slide shows on his trips, writes articles on Baja and has guided tourists south of the border on various tours. He is married to Bonni, a nurse, who shares his love for Baja and nature.

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