on the Edge!
a Geology version of our fascinating Hidden Treasures program:
on the Edge!
Geology Excitement with
Amazing Bob Scarborough!
on the fabled San Andreas Fault with Amazing Bob and
learn why your position may be, shall we say, a bit precarious. Explore and
discover the historic Coachella Valley and vicinity from
its depths (Salton Sea!) to its heights (Mt. San Jacinto!).
Alert: Reserving Now!
27-Feb 1, 2014
the dynamic geology of southern California’s deserts,
palm canyons, mountain wilderness, Salton Sea and lots
more with geologist Bob Scarborough. Adventures by
day, Hilton comfort at night! Spacious seating in comfortable new vans;
each guest enjoys their own window seat!
Enrollment limited to the
first 20 guests.
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you fans of alluvium?
you traveled with Amazing Bob in Baja and Death
now to join us for this latest geology adventure!
Southern California's Beautiful Coachella Valley & Environs...
Amazing Bob Scarborough
the comfort of your own window seat. Just 2 guests per wide 3-person
delightful desert palm oasis just bursting with birds and beauty!
on the Edge!
Brand New Learning Vacation for You!
geologist Amazing Bob Scarborough
California’s Deserts, Palm Canyons, Faults,
Salton Sea’s Birds!
27 – Feb 1, 2014
per person, double occupancy. Private rooms are available
at $ additional.
on the Edge of the San Andreas Fault may not be
your idea of peace and relaxation, but rest assured, this
journey with our affable geologist scholar, Amazing Bob
Scarborough, is truly fascinating! Over the years, Bob has
brought geological knowledge to many of our guests on
tours from Baja California to Death Valley. Hidden
treasures, many the result of the infamous fault’s
seismic activity, abound in the Coachella Valley Region of
You may be
familiar with the fine golf, delightful hotels and
memorable restaurants of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, but
wait: There's more! This beautiful valley and the
surrounding areas offer magnificent natural history. In
this land of contrasts, lush palm and cottonwood oases
spring out of stark landscapes.
all this California beauty has its faults! As the Baja
peninsula splits away from the Mainland, and the
Californias slowly inch their way northward, the desert
floor opens to allow water to spring forth to nourish
growth that has long played important roles in the lives
of wildlife, Indians, Hollywood and the local economy.
Today, the heat
generated by the seismic stirrings way down continues to
benefit us as it aids in the production of energy.
Impressive arrays of wind generators are attempting to do
spectacular mountain ranges cradle this unexpected place;
the steepest escarpment in North America rises from the
desert floor to almost 11,000 feet in a mere seven
horizontal miles! In this land of contrasts, lush palms
and cottonwood oases spring out of the stark
From the higher
elevations we will see California’s largest surface area
of water 50 miles away: the Salton Sea, which attracts
hundreds of species and millions of birds each year. In
our days of exploration, we’ll visit this vast sea and
surrounding deserts, palm canyons and mountain wilderness.
We’ll learn about the tremendous forces that created
these diverse habitats.
the world’s largest rotating tramcar up six thousand
feet past the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon to the 8,516
ft. mountain wilderness and enjoy a memorable lunch with
the breathtaking vistas of the evermore-familiar landmarks
Our small group
of just 20 guests is reserving now; you're invited to come
and discover with us! The seasonal weather is just right: Wonderful!
trip travel from Tucson in roomy new passenger vans (just
2 guests per wide 3-person seat) where every guest enjoys
their own window seat! Spacious accommodations by Hilton
Homewood Suites every night, many meals, and all
admissions included at $2395 per person, double-occupancy.
Private rooms are available at $335 additional. Group size
limited 20 guests.
now. Call Piet & Mary Van de Mark at Baja’s Frontier Tours
in Tucson, (520) 887-2340 for detailed brochure, information and
registration. Please scroll down through the photographs to find
In this dry land, water rises through cracks in the
earth to form unexpected oases!
The Salton Sea provides a treasure of bird life
Many have yet to discover that geese are grown in rows
in Southern California
Some say Hi Jolly's Camels still roam the deserts
The San Andreas fault shines on a museum diorama
Mud volcanoes bubble up near a hydrothermal electric plant
The winds from the high sierras also help to make
At nearly 11,000', Mt. San Jacinto dominates
the Coachella Valley region
And you'll see the vast valley well from Mt. San
Luncheon with an amazing view at the top of the world
Are boulders bolder than Joshua Trees?
Perhaps that is so.
How did all those rocks get piled up like that?
One can see the Salton Sea from afar
George Patton taught troops tank warfare in the
California desert in WWII.
And you wondered why we named our
premier trip Hidden
& Piet Van de Mark
at Baja's Frontier Tours
with your questions.
(Tucson, Arizona) 520-887-2340.
the comfort of your own window seat!
lifetime in Arizona, plus her two decades of natural history education
experience, including fourteen years at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum,
continue to assure BFT's fans an enjoyable and professional learning
experience. Mary's love of arts, history, great food and friendly, curious
people keep her on the go, often getting away with her husband Piet to
scout new and special spots to share. BFT's guests enjoy Mary's passion
for desert flora, ethnobotany and her informative nature interpretations.
Piet's passion for Baja California, Mexico's natural
beauty bloomed on a personal odyssey in the summer of 1962. Baja's
Frontier Tours began with 4WD camping expeditions—Personalized
Wilderness Travels—with Piet’s founding of BFT in Tucson in
1966. Programs gradually evolved into the enjoyable and unique learning
eco-vacations—Personalized Natural & Cultural History —that
Mary and Piet personally create and share with their guests today.
Living on the Edge 2013 is co-sponsored by The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum!
Living on the Edge! Jan
27-Feb 1, 2014
dynamic geology of southern California’s deserts, palm canyons,
mountain wilderness, Salton Sea and lots more with
geologist Bob Scarborough. Adventures by day, Hilton
comfort at night! Enrollment is limited.
& Piet are the tour producers as well as your personal hosts
on this - and every - BFT learning vacation! Please call any time
with any questions.
Mary & Piet Van de Mark at Baja's
to register for
per person, double occupancy
room available at $ additional
27-Feb 1, 2014
on the Edge,
a custom program
for your group?
This is a
wonderful custom learning vacation for your club, group,
institution or extended family and friends. Always personally escorted by Piet and Mary
Van de Mark. Please plan as far in advance
as possible; one or more years is advised; however, we'll accommodate
if possible. Call, write or email us to discuss options. (530) 887-2340.
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Frontier Tours LLC, Tucson, Arizona 2004 & 2011 & 2014
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