Chronicles in words and photographs the 1962-64 adventures of young men inspired by naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch’s book, “The Forgotten Peninsula,” about Baja California (1961). Then a sparsely populated raw wilderness, Baja proved a formidable challenge to men and equipment within its mountainous, sometimes lush, sometimes barren, desert environments, spectacular geology and complex ecologies bracketed by oceans. They enjoyed encounters with wild animals; found bountiful places to hunt and fish; met frontier families of the kindest sort; experienced Pacific storms, and love in a frontier village; met gold prospectors, hermits and one-of-a-kind characters. They encountered brigands and fools; had life-threatening events; found gold nuggets and rescued lost team members. Plant photography was among the author’s interests, only partially foiled by wind-blown sand fouling his camera lens. Most important, they learned about themselves and their relations with nature and God -- finding their own answers or clarifying what they hoped to better understand. Major contributions to this book were provided by Earl’s life-long friend Mark Winheld.
About the Author
Arizona native, writer, photographer and poet. As a political scientist, he founded Behavior Research Center, Inc., and created the respected and widely published Rocky Mountain Poll (RMP), of which he was Editor for 35 years. Earl’s photographs, diaries and essays reflecting on life experiences serve as foundations for his prose and poems; some early poems are included herein. Earl’s first book of poetry, “Allegro to Life,” (Amazon.com/dp/8182538505) was published in 2022, with a second poetry book coming later this year, both published by Taj Mahal Publishing. He is currently assembling a novel, “The Man Who Ate His Dreams,” as well as additional poetry chapbooks on nature, human nature, desert silence, civil war in Guatemala, and politicians and government in America. Earl and his wife Suzanne split their time between Arizona and Guatemala where they founded the NGO Seeds for a Future to help impoverished rural women learn to improve their families’ access to adequate food and nutrition with home gardens and small animal protein sources.