Graham Mackintosh was born in London and graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Sociology.
He is the author of four books on Baja California.
In 1983 Graham Mackintosh was a lecturer at West Kent College in England,
teaching social sciences and special education to unemployed teenagers.
In the hope of showing his students that a shoestring expedition could be the adventure of a lifetime,
Mackintosh, who described himself as the "least adventurous person in the world,"
set out to walk around the coast of Baja, surviving off the sea and the desert.
The almost two-year, 3,000-mile trip changed his life.
Graham returned to England, where he wrote his first book, Into a Desert Place, and there received the prestigious
"Adventurous Traveler of the Year" award.
In 1997, he walked from the border to Loreto with a pack burro, visiting many of the old missions along the way.
His trip, which took him mostly down the rugged, mountainous interior of Baja,
began exactly 300 years after the October 1697 founding of the Loreto mission,
the first permanent European settlement in the "Californias." Journey with a Baja Burro, his second book, was the result.
In 2001, Graham spent four months in Baja’s Sierra San Pedro Mártir with two adopted street dogs,
which led to his third book – Nearer My Dog to Thee.
Book number four, Marooned With Very Little Beer, appeared in April 2008,
and tells of his two months kayaking and hiking the second largest island in the Sea of Cortez –
Isla Angel de la Guarda (Guardian Angel Island).
He continues to head to Baja whenever he can,
and is currently working on a new book describing his return to places he has found particularly fascinating.
Graham Mackintosh has lived in San Diego for 20 years.
He became a US citizen in 2004.