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Miraculous air : journey of a thousand miles through Baja California, the other Mexico
Mayo, C. M.
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Publication Information:
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
389 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
The south : so close to the United States -- Los Cabos : el Halloween and the Dia de muertos -- Todos santos : the visitors -- The interior: strange treasures -- The Llano de Magdalena to San Ignacio : like people you see in a dream -- In the Sierra de San Francisco : the most beautiful dream -- Beyond the Vizcaíno : fine kings -- The sea of Cortes : many secret and marvelous things -- Cabo San Lucas to La Paz : the sea is Cortés -- Bahía de Los Angeles : Bay of Angels -- The Pacific coast : leviathan -- Laguna San Ignacio : lay thine hand upon him -- Scammon's lagoon (Laguna Ojo de Liebre) and Guerrero Negro : black -- Warrior, white salt -- San Quintín : in the land of the clouds -- Borders : the sound of one hand clapping -- Tijuana : a touch of evil -- San Diego to Mexico City : jewel point.
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F1246 .M39 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This exquisite book is a rare jewel in the literature of Mexico and its little-known peninsula, Baja. Describing her adventures on this austere and beautiful slip of land, Mayo creates a multi-layered map of a place filled with daredevil aviators, sea turtle researchers, Stone Age cave painters, and countless other colorful characters.

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Library Journal Review

With elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one of the best books ever about Baja California. Mayo (Sky over El Nido, which won a Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction) divides her time between Mexico City and the United States, and it's her Mexican residency and employment that give her Baja explorations an extra edge. This Mexican California, a 1000-mile-long peninsula, presents a bewildering combination of opposites. The landscape can be fierce desert or productive farmland. Baja's citizens are often desperately poor or revoltingly rich. The land attracts both opportunists and expatriates; the Jesuits arrived early on and were removed by interdict from their own church. From south to north, Mayo explores Baja's tourist -crowded Cabo San Lucas and its notorious border city, Tijuana. She travels by mule to view ancient petroglyphs and explores the ruins of long-abandoned missions. One might say she experiences to the fullest all Baja has to offer. Still, the mysterious allure of Baja California is never diminished; it remains a destination that conjures up a frisson of danger and the siren call of unexplored spaces. Highly recommended for travel collections of large public and academic libraries.-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I. The South: So Close to the United States
Los Cabos: El Halloween and the Dia de Muertosp. 3
Todos Santos: The Visitorsp. 43
II. The Interior: Strange Treasures
The Llano de Magdalena to San Ignacio: Like People You See in a Dreamp. 87
In the Sierra de San Francisco: The Most Beautiful Dreamp. 135
Beyond the Vizcaino: Fine Kingsp. 157
III. The Sea of Cortes: Many Secret and Marvelous Things
Cabo San Lucas to La Paz: The Sea Is Cortesp. 191
Bahia de los Angeles: Bay of Angelsp. 223
IV. The Pacific Coast: Leviathan
Laguna San Ignacio: Lay Thine Hand upon Himp. 259
Scammon's Lagoon (Laguna Ojo de Liebre) and Guerrero Negro: Black Warrior, White Saltp. 283
San Quintin: In the Land of the Cloudsp. 300
V. Borders: The Sound of One Hand Clapping
Tijuana: A Touch of Evilp. 329
San Diego to Mexico City: Jewel Pointp. 347
Epiloguep. 355
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Notesp. 359
Bibliographyp. 361
Indexp. 371
About the Authorp. 390