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Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles Through Baja California, the Other Mexico
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, C. M. Mayo creates a multi-layered map of place filled with daredevil aviators, sea turtle researchers, Stone Age cave painters, and countless other colorful characters. Covering Baja from Cabo San Lucas ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Milkweed Editions
(first published 2002)
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A lovely book about Baja California. I have been going there for the last 15 years and should have read this book earlier. However, most places and experiences such as whale watching, hiking to the fascinating cave paintings and much more, I have done over the years. So it was a very pleasant read to bring back my own experiences and I learned a lot more as the author laces her stories with many excellent interviews of local people. The end is a bit of a bummer as she has trouble finding an end ...more
A great example of what a travelogue should look like with historical information mixed in with portraits of the people that live there, all told in a conversational style that sometimes shocks with ugly truths but often amuses as well. This book is one of many on a reading list for an upcoming trip and it's good I chose to read it early as it has given me a great understanding of this isolated beautiful area of Mexico.
I was curious to read a travel book about the Baja, that is, Baja California. Written in the 90's, the author's travels took place 20 years after I spent time there. A bit disjointed at first, but after I got the hang of her style, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. She includes lots of history of Mexico, it's politics and interesting characters she met along the way.
From my Amazon review: What sets this masterpiece apart from other books about the Baja peninsula is the author's insights and dedication to detail in telling stories. This is literature and history, full of insights that most Baja books ignore when writing about people and places. A good example is the chapter about Bahia de Los Angeles, an out-of-the-way paradise on the Sea of Cortez forty miles from Highway 1. Jacques Cousteau proclaimed it a natural aquarium, John Steinbeck marveled at the m ...more
I appreciated the book for its focus on Baja California — a region of Mexico you don’t hear much about besides Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas. Mayo tends to visit more off-the-beaten path type places and give interesting and in depth character sketches — of an artists’ colony in Todos Santos, of the owners of the quaint inns where she stays, of fishermen. Led by a local guide, she and her sister hike to several remote rock art locations not frequented by tourists, and Mayo goes on a week-long whale ...more
An accounting of a 1,000-mile walk through Baja California, Mexico. Reads rather like a journal, which is a writing style I don't enjoy. Nevertheless, lots of information and accounting of experiences, communities and people encountered on the journey, descriptions of raw beauty.
C.M. Mayo is the author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire , as well as the widely-lauded travel memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico , and Sky Over El Nido , which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the editor of Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion , which was published by Whereabouts Pres ...moreMore about C.M. Mayo