Baja ’67

I was reminiscing about the Big Bear trip the other day.  It was some of the most fun I’ve had in a while. Highland’s 4Runner performed flawlessly and comfortably, the weather was perfect, and time spent outside is always a good thing for a guy like me who works in an office every day.

After that trip, I started planning my next one.  I don’t have a trip set in stone yet, but the one I’m ready to tackle an offroad trip down through Baja.  Since reading about Peter Egan’s trip(s) through Baja in Side Glances and Leanings. The idea of camping outside in the desert, maybe next to an old ghost town, drinking unlabeled tequila and figuring out the next day’s route sounds pretty great to me.  The problem is – and here’s the sob story- I don’t’ have the time, money, tequila, or the proper beater to take a trip like this. All I have are really cool Youtube videos of people doing it for me.  My ideal beater for the trip would be an old solid axle Tacoma not too dissimilar from

My ideal beater for the trip would be an old solid axle Tacoma not too dissimilar from Desk To Glory or this one from IndefinitelyWild.  Solid, rugged, and inexpensive are all pluses to picking one up for the trip.  As much as a cool new Chevy Rental Car would be, something about taking an old beaten up and rusty vehicle on the 1200km drive to La Paz sparks nostalgia – it’s just right you know. Besides, rental cars don’t have that vagabond feeling to them.

So, to satiate my cravings for another West Coast trip I’ll have to hop back on the reality bus and watch web videos in the break room. Here’s a fun little documentary I’ve been watching about the original Baja 1k race. I know it’s not short but someone once told me that delayed gratification was a virtue.  The jury is still out on that one.

**If you wish to fund my future Baja trip please forward me your winning lottery ticket**