THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!Here's what I'm creating for you:
- Baja ADVenture Guide
- Bahia Concepcion ADV Guide
- Guide to Buying a Home in Baja
- Destination information
- Map recommendations and modifications
- Gear recommendations and reviews
- Advice on vehicle mods
- Health and safety tips
- Packing lists
- Membership in an adventurous community
On this channel you'll get a continuing flow of updated information in podcasts, narrated presentations, webinars, group Q&As, travel planning sessions, and videos. There will also be the opportunity to join guided tours with me to Bahia Concepcion, my home just south of Mulege.
The community aspect of this channel is important. A lot of you want to travel to Baja in casual groups or meet up along the way. Here's where you can connect.
Just click on the patron levels to see which subscription level suits you. Even at the $1 a month level you'll get a lot of information and personal assistance in planning your Baja adventure. That's just $12 a year for a lot of information and actionable guides for your trip south of the border.
For those of you who don't know much about me, I'm a professional adventure travel journalist, author, and reviewer of vehicles and travel gear and gadgets. I've traveled the world in places like Morocco, India, China, Europe, and the United States and of all of those exotic locales, Baja is my favorite. I'm an author and publisher of stories and books on travel, writing, and publishing. I've also been podcasting, interviewing and been interviewed, and have experimented with videos as well.
My Home in Baja
About four years ago I created a home base about three quarters of the way down the peninsula just south of Mulegé, on the Sea of Cortez side, with my partner, Jonathan. Since then, we have been spreading the word about Baja at events like Overland Expo and Horizons Unlimited. I've been publishing articles and reviews on Baja adventures for the Discover Baja people who provide insurance and other great resources for your trip.
Since then, we've attracted a few of our friends to buy homes in our neighborhood of Posada Concepcion. We've also seen a huge increase in the number of people touring the peninsula. Many of them stop by the house to report on their adventures.
Busy Answering Questions
Requests to share my knowledge and advice has increased exponentially over the last few years, and I find myself answering questions about it daily via email, phone, and on social media. It takes a lot of time, so I hope you'll consider sponsoring by subscribing to content here so I can say no to other jobs and concentrate on Baja.
Leveraging the Experts
Though I've lived in Baja for over four years now I feel like a relative Baja newbie in comparison to Jonathan, who has been exploring the peninsula by road, trail, air, and sea for over 30 years. He first met Baja on a job mapping the peninsula and the Sea of Cortez islands for the government in the 1970s. He found Bahia Concepcion when he was desperate for a hurricane hole. (I'll let him tell you the story in an upcoming podcast.) Jonathan also fills the photography gap--he takes some awesome photos, which I'll share here with you, too. Wallpapers, anyone?
My aim is to provide the details to empower your adventures no matter how you're traveling:
- Motorcycles (from ADV bikes to Harley-Davidsons plus all kinds of dirt bikes)
- Trailering your bikes
- Cars (I've driven my Camry down here a few times)
- Trucks and SUVs
- RVs and campers
- Trailer (we'll show you how we customized ours)
- Fly and rent a vehicle
- Private planes (having a friend with a Cessna helps!)
- Bicycles (road or fat-tired trail bike)
- Boat (trawlers and sailboats)
Paddling in the Sea of Cortez just 10 minutes from the shore where our house is... which is so amazing. This is a portable, inflatable paddleboard-kayak.
Where the Money Goes
Every penny here goes to creating the time to explore and report back in articles, digital and print books, photos, audio, and video, and to share my knowledge with you, to the extent of getting on Skype and helping with your itinerary and planning some group trips together. This all depends on you and your support. I want to do it. Do you? (Say si, senorita! Por favor!)
How Hard is Baja Adventuring?
Many people think of me as a hardcore adventurer and say, Carla! I could never do what you do!
Well, hey, my life is not all dirt bikes and sleeping on rocks. I take plenty of "soft" adventures. In Baja there are adventures in food and wine just a hop, skip, and a jump from the border. And crossing is easy: Tijuana, Ensenada, Tecate, Mexicali... take your pick! And ooh ooh ooh, the Guadalupe Valley wine country is divine. Soft adventure and hard adventure... we can do it all!
At Casa Mayoral in Guadalupe Valley sipping a local wine. Looks like Sonoma, doesn't it? Yes, this is what you might call "soft" adventure. There were indeed some very nice pillows.
What about the spouse?
Sometimes people tell me they want their spouses to come along on a trip, but they don't like roughing it. Well, one person can go dirt bike riding while the other goes wine tasting. You can meet up later at a restaurant or on the deck of your casita. Down in our neck of the woods, one of you can moto up the mountain and the other can kayak to the islands. There is truly something for everyone. Split up for the day and meet for margaritas and shrimp at dinner.
Can you help me with my vehicle choice?
When Jonathan and I got together we combined our rather too-many vehicles (can you ever own too many vehicles?) including plain old 4-wheel cars, 4x4s, and our on- and off-road motorcycles.
We have given seminars on assembling toolkits and performing emergency roadside fixes at Horizons Unlimited and Overland Expo. We've also got a trailer that Jonathan set up for carrying motorcycles and comfy sleeping quarters for under $5000. It's easier to do that you might think and this is the kind of stuff you'll learn about here.
In Catavina, trailering the KTM enduros behind the Tacoma to our place south of Mulegé. Those are paddleboards on the roof. Soft and hard adventures to come!
Can I feature you?
I have really enjoyed being a part of the overlanding community for many years and I haven't missed a Horizons Unlimited California meeting or an Overland Expo, West yet. These are places where like-minded travelers meet to swap ideas and lure the unsuspecting novice into our fold. So I look forward to interviewing experts and the folks who have been to visit us in Baja, to share their adventures and perspectives, as well as our own, in podcast format.
I'd love it if you participated as well, by sharing your adventures and letting me know who you want to hear from. I already have a few "in the can" to share. Woo hoo!
One of many stops to take photos of the extraordinary desert with Cordon cacti and other marvels.
This is old-fashioned patronage: Patreon
As a writer, I am compelled to write, blog, and otherwise share my adventures, advice, and opinions, so I was thrilled to find Patreon where I could centralize this mania for Baja ADVenture in particular. I can't help but write, but sometimes I feel like it goes out into the ether and doesn't reach anybody.
It's also very difficult to make a living as a writer. Magazines don't pay much and a whopping 45% of book profits go to the distributor. Podcasting and videos don't generate income, either.
With patronage, artists get paid and get feedback. So I'm looking forward to encouragement (who doesn't love encouragement!) and to hearing what you want and responding to it.
I'm using this Patreon channel to connect you all as well. So let's do this, and create a community!
The whales actually come to your boat to be petted and scratched. The mamas push their babies up to you to say hi. Find out when and where!
Choose your reward
With this old-school patronage you are literally making it possible for me to devote time to creating a Baja ADVenture channel with information and entertainment for you to guide your own adventure.
Backers receive digital versions of all the work made possible by this Patreon, plus additional rewards at various backer and milestone levels. Articles and books may eventually be sold elsewhere--to magazines, anthologies, or on various online retailers--but you'll get them before anybody else, as they happen.
The Baja ADVenture includes lots of chill time, sunshine, walks on the beach, and opportunities to wind down.
Besides private blog post updates continuously published here, I'm aiming to write or produce one or more things every month: this may be a podcast, video, review, or story, or all three. However, there are months I might take off due to holiday seasons, book releases, and other Life Occurrences. I'll keep you updated on what months I skip. And I'll make up for it, later. Because from this, a book will be born, (maybe even two or three books), and you'll get those, too!
Really, muchas gracias for visiting and helping to support me as I provide you with the information and inspiration to get on down here south of the border and enjoy all it has to offer.
That bay within a bay is our favorite place and home base, mid-Baja Sur about 600 exciting miles from the border and central to all of Baja. I hope to see you there!
And when you get here, I'd love it if you'd stop by to say hola! I'm there a lot, and I look forward to seeing you and hearing your report!