penguin-book-truck-mobile-library-untappedThe Penguin Book Truck offers a number of Penguin titles to readers across the country. Source: LISNews.

Trucks selling food are no stranger to city streets. But a truck selling books? In the age of iPads and tablets, books have to keep up somehow. One way they’ve done so is through micro-libraries and book exchanges. Another is a growing number of unconventional mobile libraries, transported via trucks, carts and even boats. Using food trucks and bookmobiles as inspirations, the US division of London-based Penguin Group recently launched the Penguin Book Truck and Pushcart. After debuting at Book Expo America at Javits Center this past May, the truck is hitting the road this summer and fall for book festivals, events and signings.  (more…)

Cueva Pintada Great Mural-Baja California-Mexico-Arroyo de San PabloThe Great Mural at Cueva Pintada, Baja California, Mexico. Source: The Bradshaw Foundation

One of the must-sees on a visit to Baja California in Mexico are the cave paintings, some dating back to 7,000 years ago. While many are hidden in difficult terrain, others are more easily accessible. With a home base in Loreto, dozens of archeological sites can be visited, including Rancho San Gregorio, Cueva La Palma, Cueva El Borrego, plus Cueva Pintada (Gardener Cave), Cueva de las Flechas, and more in Santa Teresa canyon.  (more…)

Most people associate Baja California in Mexico with the excesses of celebrity-ridden Cabo San Lucas, so the adventurous side of us was more than surprised to find plenty of history, outdoor sports and exploration in the Loreto area of Baja California. Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called the Bay of California in Loreto, “the world’s aquarium,” and chose to spend about half the year in this area of the world. Here’s our roundup of what to check out in this beautiful region, with its raw natural environment.

Part one of our series looks at the first Spanish Missions in North America:

The names San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Juan, San Francisco, San Jose, today are better known as urban centers in California, but their origins as Catholic missions are semantically built into their names. These missions were all established within one day’s horseback ride from each other. Those located in modern-day California in the United States were established by the Franciscan order, but the first Catholic missions were located in Mexico, founded by the Jesuits.

In Loreto, the Mission of Our Lady Loreto was founded in 1697 and considered the “mother” of all Jesuit missions in Baja California. The relics that still remain in this mission include a main Baroque altarpiece, an original sculpture of Our Lady of Loreto, oil paintings and liturgical objects.

Our Lady of Loreto-Spanish Catholic Mission-Mexico-Baja CaliforniaOur Lady of Loreto, Jesuit Catholic Mission in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico