Baja California is full of great adventures... we are at the mildest spot on the peninsula, very similar weather to San Diego but a little more dry. There is a pretty extreme climate in the central desert and another very different rainfall pattern on the southern end toward the tropics. When we leave here to go adventuring further south, we make sure to do it during the winter or spring so the weather is not too oppressive. Spring is often the best time in northern BC, especially after a particularly wet winter.
An ecologist friend of mine (whose expertise was in desert palm communities) would give eco-tours to visitors... which I would have liked to experience, given the immense amount of time he spent off-road in the canyons and deserts of central BC. When we were last in the central desert, we saw a giant tour bus full of Germans (or German speakers anyway) doing the eco-tour thing. They had some advanced technology in their bus, which was equipped to survive total isolation. It was like the all-in-one total survival kit.
Most people are content to jump in an old 4x4 with a couple surf boards on the top and see where the road leads.
My friend the ecologist and one-time tour guide has moved on to other places to study other things, but the palm seedlings he grew and passed on to me have found permanent places in the public garden and park. One day they should be pretty majestic.