1/18. Baja. Depending on who the word is mentioned by - or to - it holds a variety of definitions. To the news junkies cranked out on CNN and FOX, Baja is place where poverty and chaos are close relatives, where one term is equally exchanged for any number of synonyms including murder, gangs, cartels, or violence. For people seeking empty line-ups, miles of chaparral and agave covered desert, candle bright stretches of Milky Way covered nights, and clean point breaks, Baja defines brighter moments. Campfires, strong off shores, warm caguamas, hand-hewn fences, washboard roads - the more accurate adjectives and nouns. Seventy-five miles into the 1,000 mile long peninsula, past two-lane, oncoming traffic traveling at upwards of eighty miles per hour, and around harrowing turns that promote the sharp-contrast of cliff and ocean, the landscape defines the country. Still, the hour and half proximity from the U.S. Border is forgotten only for so long, as Western Expansion trickles south by Multinational Corporations like McDonalds capitalizing on the low-cost of land and labor.