El Norte

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Baja California Birdman is his spiritual name. He wanders the land of Baja, California. He’s a free thinking drifter, a powered paraglider pilot and aerial photographer. The all powerful wind called el Norte is one of Baja’s adversaries. His other demon is the illusion that he’s living inside. He shares his Baja adventures as he prepares for his next flight. Then we go along with him. More

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About Baja Birdman

Welcome to my Bio.

I’m writing on January 26, 2013. It’s a Saturday. I have taken on a bike tour across the southern states. I’m about 8 days from San Diego. I’m headed for St Augustine FL then to Connecticut. I’m holed up at a Motel 6 in Scottsdale AZ where it is pouring rain. The good news is that I am dry and warm. The bad news is motels are expensive. I have a respiratory infection but I have been taking my emergency antibiotics and I feel OK.

After my years as a Baja California Birdman I finished my transformation. I gave up my photography ambitions. I sold nearly all of my possessions. Now my belongings weigh a little more than my body. As you see I reject the idea of promoting myself on the web. I do have a Facebook account but am not active and am threatening to kill it.

After my transformation I have travelled light. Mostly I have backpacked. I mean the kind of backpacking where one walks day after day on a wilderness trail. In 2011 I hiked around Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii and I thru hiked Appalachian Trail. In 2012 I hiked a good portion of Te Araroa and a few Great Walks in New Zealand, the John Muir Trail and and some of the Pacific Crest Trail. I have finished about half of the PCT now and plan to finish it in sections soon.

This year I decided to try a bike tour. Now I’m thinking it was an idiotic idea. I’ll try to persevere. Adventurous life is like this. It has it’s ups and downs.

Around four months ago I decided I wanted to try writing. I got the idea for el Norte when I walked into a swarm of Monarch butterflies who were struggling against an offshore wind on Madaket Beach down near Smith’s Point. El Norte is a true story except I added one Jalapeno pepper. I wanted to give it plot. I flew at many, many places. I shared the highlights only. I hope you enjoy it if you decided to make a purchase.

That’s enough for me for now. It’s a big world with a bunch of human animals. We each have our stories and our baggage. This big world is mostly not about me. I’m just a tiny little bit of it.

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Chad Bastian reviewed on Feb. 20, 2013

Reading this one again, and thoroughly enjoying it. Baja Birdman has created a PPG adventure consisting of his own experiences, viewed from the rose colored sunglasses that optimistic pilots often wear. Even the spicy Jalapeno Pepper finale is something every paramotor pilot seriously considers when they fly in extreme and beautiful (and sometimes dangerous) places, especially alone. His colorful descriptions remind me of the many years I spent in Baja California traveling and surfing, long before I learned to fly. Once I discovered paragliding - both free flight and powered, the Baja peninsula became one of my favorite playgrounds. Now, I fear that progress has made it too dangerous for me to venture south into this region anymore. But I long for those days, and parts of this book were a welcome return to some of my most cherished memories. Thank you, Baja Birdman!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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