Friday, May 15, 2015

J. Dawg Journeys Has Moved!

J. Dawg has moved to a new address!  I'm now at jdawgjourneys.com with many new travel stories and lots of new info.  Everything that you found here has been moved to my new address; all my blog posts, pages, pictures, and links that you found here.  If you subscribed to my posts with email or RSS, those have been pointed to my new address so you'll get notified when I post something at the new address.  Everything will remain here at the old address so that people can get used to finding me at my new address. 

But there's lots of great new stuff, new journeys, new travel pictures and videos, and new lessons posted at jdawgjourneys.com.  Click on the link and check it out.  If you have me bookmarked, please change to my new address.  I also have a FaceBook Page for J. Dawg Journeys.  You can follow my new posts from there and even register a "Like" for the Dawg.


You can contact me at the new address using the Contact J. Dawg form.  I'm still traveling at the same pace and posting new articles.  I hope you continue to follow my travels and journeys at jdawgjourneys.com.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Eight Tips for Taking Better Travel Photographs

J. Dawg in the mirror
I am not an expert when it comes to taking photographs.  But, over the past two years, I've been working at learning how to take better pictures of my travels.  Pictures help convey the imagery and feeling of a place and they enhance the memory of a trip.  Combined with the words of a blog post, they're the visual record of what it it looked and felt like. And if done right they create a wow factor for a blog post.  Its also been a fun new skill and hobby for this "old Dawg" to learn and to try and master

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How to Use a Dashcam to Record RV Journeys

Panorama G Dashcam
While driving and exploring in my RV, I spend a fair amount of time behind the windshield seeing beautiful places or driving on scenic roads.  Its part of the fun of RVing, seeing landscapes and vistas that take our breath away.  Taking pictures of these places is great for creating a memory, but I also like to capture what it's like driving in scenic places.  I want to remember what is was like so I can relive and share my experiences.  Using video is a great way to do this.  I always try to shoot some videos of place that I visit, but it hasn't been that easy to do when I'm driving.  With a Dashcam, I've found that it's now super easy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Beauty of West Texas

West Texas
Guadalupe Mountains
I just got back from spending some time in west Texas.  I was there for much of March.  We visited Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and the towns of Alpine, Fort Davis, Marathon, and Terlingua.

I wrote about our stay in Big Bend in this post - Big Bend National Park.  I also did a post about Marathon here - West of the Pecos - Marathon, Texas.  I just got home and I'm editing together some videos I shot and organizing my photos.  I thought I'd share some more photos and videos of West Texas in this post.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Simplicity of RV Living

Simple RV Living
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Thanks for finding my my blog!  You are welcome to continue reading here.  My blog has moved to a new address at:  jdawgjourneys.com.  You can read more about my current journeys at the new site.
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I just returned home from almost four months of living in my RV.  It was a first for me.  I took the RV south in December and spent a wonderful 2 1/2 months at an RV park in Fort Myers Beach, FL escaping the cold New England winter.  From there, we hung around St. Augustine for a couple more weeks and then headed west for a month on the road exploring west Texas.  I had a great time.  The Fort Myers stay was the first time I had stayed parked in an RV for such an extended time and it worked out just fine.  And the roadtrip was paced with several multi-day stop overs.  I was gone 111 days and drove over 7,000 miles.  It was a long time to be away, but I grew very accustomed to the simplicity of living in my RV.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cowboy Hats - Facts, Folklore, and Fables

Cowboy Hat
I love wearing cowboy hats.  Partly it's a guy thing, but they're super functional for keeping the sun off my face.  And they make a pretty good fashion statement.  I've collected a few on my travels and seem to get a new one each time I go out west.  While wearing a baseball hat may be a fashion standard in New England during the summer months, cowboy hats are a year round standard in certain parts of the west.  Out in the rural areas of states like Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming where the sun is intense year round, cowboy hats are much more prevalent than baseball hats.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Journey to Nashville - Music Cty

Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
Last year, I drove right through after spending a couple days in Memphis and doing the whole Elvis thing.  Being a big country music fan it was a borderline sacrilegious act.  But, I vowed to returned and do a proper visit to Nashville, Music City.  Home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Also home to numerous musicians and what seems like the largest number of honky tonk music joints in the world.  Its a busy tourist trap and far from the beautiful stark southwest desert that I had just come from.  But, for a country music fan, it's Mecca.  A pilgrimage I had to make.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Return to Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon
It's one of the prettiest places to camp that I've experienced.  The red rock scenery is mesmerizing.  Not as good as Sedona, but pretty damn good.  Its remote, quiet, and uncluttered.  There's no stores, no restaurants, no traffic, no wifi, no TV service, and cell service is almost no existent.  But, there's plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails.  Its a great place to unwind, disconnect, and just enjoy nature.