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James Richardson's Travel Blog of U.S. destinations, and a few from across the sea.

Check out this travel blog. I have been a photographer and travel writer for several years. This blog is about some of those travels. If there are any questions or comments, you know what to do. Thanks for visiting!

Remembering Past Trips: Western Nebraska

As I remember past trips of my traveling career, another of my favorite places was Western Nebraska. This part of Nebraska is the location of the first transcontinental railroad and the first transcontinental automobile highway (the Lincoln Highway), and also the route of the Oregon Trail, the California and Mormon Trails. It was also the path of...
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Remembering Past Trips - Door County in Winter

When winter really hits, like it has now, I dream of spring and being on the road again. I have been very blessed to have traveled as much as I have. Most of my trips have been in association with a public relations firm that represents many destinations. From those press trips I have written countless travel pieces, many of which have been feature...
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Surprise! It’s Mobile!

Mobile is an interesting city. It is also surprising. Mobile has been under six flags in its history. It is known as the Azalea City and is the Azalea Capital of the World. It is home to the Mardi gras (sixty-two years before it was celebrated in New Orleans). It is more family style in Mobile. “Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Such was Admi...
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Secrets of My Best Selling Photographs: Memphis Skyline from the Sandy Shore in Arkansas

Memphis is probably my favorite photography subject. And lately I have been producing panoramic images. This best selling photograph is called Memphis Skyline from the sandy shore in Arkansas. For many years I have been wanting to get a Memphis skyline from across the Mississippi River. Years ago when it was permissible, or at least nobody cared...
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Secrets of My Best Selling Photographs: Bridge with Moon

This photograph is without a doubt THE best-selling photograph at art shows that I have ever done. It has been on several CD and book covers, and countless other places (that I didn't authorize.) This is the secret of one of my best selling photographs. BRIDGE WITH MOON I know the way I name my photography isn't catchy, but I call it like I see i...
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Secrets of My Best Selling Photographs: Cypress Swamp

I have been a photographer for years. And I have sold many of my photographs, either to illustrate my travel articles or at arts and craft shows. At those shows there are certain ones that have repeatedly sold and are still some of the favorites with buyers. This doesn't exactly follow my theme as a "travel" blog post, but I thought I would share t...
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Me and My RV Dreams

Like many fifty-something or sixty-something year old folks, I have been dreaming of owning a motorhome for years. Now the nearness of the day that I can actually take advantage of a motorhome, or afford one, is fast approaching, I cannot decide if I want to invest in one or not. Maybe you share my concerns. Here are the points of my considerati...
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Reelfoot Lake - Its Legends and Cypress Trees

The legend says that Reelfoot Lake was formed because of love. An Indian chief named Reelfoot took away the maiden from a rival neighboring tribe. The angry father prayed that his loss would be avenged. During the wedding ceremony a great rumbling of the earth caused the ground to swallow Reelfoot’s entire tribe. The result was the formation of Ree...
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A Somewhat Loop Route to the National Parks in Arizona and Utah

There are few places in the Western U.S. that has a concentration of national parks than along the border of Arizona and Utah. And a convenient route that almost makes a loop allows visiting all these parks possible with a minimum of traveling. Arizona has its Grand Canyon, both the South and North Rims, and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument...
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Dismals Canyon of Northern Alabama

Northern Alabama does not cover a lot of territory. The entire state of Alabama at its widest point is close to two hundred miles east to west and about three hundred fifteen miles north to south. Its northern-most point is only about 140 miles across and broadens to around 155 miles. This small part of the state has many attractions that visitors...
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