Sunday, September 25, 2016

A time to Share - Fishing and Photography!

Now that my guiding days as a Captain are over, it is time to re-focus my adventures to include my love for fishing and my love and knowledge of photography. Plus there are a few "Bucket List" trips that I still need to make.

I have spent the past week working with a wonderful tour operator to design a custom African Photo Safari. I have always wanted to take a trip to Africa and now is the time to get it planned and make it a reality. I searched far and wide for what I was looking for. Years ago I was in the travel business and owned a wholesale tour company. I know the business and know how to make the plans for a once in a lifetime experience. There are many places to go in Africa and it took some serious research to find the area that would provide what I was looking for and more important find an in Africa operator who would work with me to design the ultimate trip with the flexibility of vehicles and guides and remote lodges to achieve the results I was looking for.

I was lucky to find "proud African Safaris operating in Tanzania!

Why Tanzania?

Photo Credit - Sivani Babu, Suntrail Images

Basically, Proud African Safaris has chosen to specialize in Tanzania because it is simply the best game viewing in all of Africa including the highest concentrations of big game animals. We strategically design our itineraries to follow the migratory patterns of the animals in order to maximize game viewing for the time of year you are there. Plus we offer unlimited game drives which sets us apart.

With you being there in the green season the back drop will be lush and green (ideal for photographers), animals will be grazing by the thousands in the south, young are being born, predator-prey action will be very high and intense.

The Serengeti is vast (roughly the size of Connecticut) with various ecosystems... Open grassy plains, riverlands, mountain and valleys, marshlands, woodlands, etc. which helps offer a diverse and well -rounded safari experience. It truly feels "wild" and like you are stepping back in history. There are no fenced-in boundaries so the animals roam freely and the roads are dirt.

The Vehicles!

Proud African Safaris offers fairly new custom built Toyota land Cruisers - with seating for a total of 8 people including the driver guide. There are 3 rows of two seats in the back for a maximum of 6 guests. Proud African Safaris was willing to work with me and provide 2 vehicles and guides for a trip total of 9 people - 8 guests plus me. This allows for 4 guests occupying 4 of the 6 available seating which allows for plenty of room for cameras and the ability to shoot out the top from either side. This gives the maximum amount of visibility and comfort for an exclusive custom Safari! For any non-photographers this still offers the opportunity to view the animals in an uncrowded vehicle.

Another key and unique feature, is we will have the same drivers and vehicles throughout our entire trip. Many other tour operators use the local vehicles and drivers at the various safari camps. Our drivers and guides will remain with us the entire time offering their experience and input for planning the next days activities and assuring us the most personal service at the various Lodges we will use during our time in Africa.

Photo Credit - Zevy Yanovich

Imagine this could be you lining up a shot of a herd of Zebras!

Of course I will be along to offer my experience in photography to help you achieve the results you are looking for. We will create some very memorable images and a once in a lifetime Safari. I am looking forward to this trip.

I have updated my website with full details and a complete itinerary. Our departure date from Los Angeles is Tuesday February 13th, 2018. So we have over a year to make all our plans.

 A full itinerary and flyer is HERE!

The trip is not inexpensive but I have managed to put together a wonderful trip for a good value. The all inclusive price including Round trip air fare from Los Angeles LAX will be $6000.00 per person dbl occupancy.


In Africa our accommodations will be deluxe remote camps within the area of the safari. Most will be tents with with ensuite baths and dining facilities many have pools and are permanent. Very safe with great views of the surrounding area.

Take a few minutes and go to the page listed below and look at where we will be staying!

I have also created a page on my website which offers links to each of our accomodations! HERE!

If you are interested in traveling with me on this unique adventure send me an email or PM on Facebook. I expect this trip to sell out fairly quickly due to the limited space and the high quality and overall value of the trip.

This is a picture I want to get - similar to this one!

Photo Credit - Sivani Babu, Suntrail Images

Let me know if you would like to join me on this adventure!

Local News and Schedule!

For my Barberton friends I have received the calendars and will begin mailing next week - for those of you who regularly attend the LMNM Meetings I will deliver them to you personally at the next meeting.

I have pretty much finalized my plans for my trip west. I will be leaving camp here in Hartville around the 12th or 13th of October and traveling to Southern Ohio to visit my good friends, Chuck and Betty Bechter, then on down to Elkmont Campground in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and camping with my good friends Sherry and Bill Levines for three nights leaving there on the 19th of October, for a short trip west to Erin Tennessee to visit some more friends on their farm Michelle and Larry Burney, I will camp a few nights there then head to the Memphis area for a couple nights to visit my old friend Roy Groover, then head west toward California with stops in the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, going to try and make it a leisurely trip with numerous scenic stops for fall colors. I hope to arrive back in Twentynine Palms around the 10th of November. And home for the winter.

In Twentynine Palms I have contacted a local guide and plan to offer day Photography trips into Joshua Tree NP and the surrounding areas and also offer some post processing Photoshop seminars at the RV Park.

I am also in contact with one of my all time favorite places in the Bahamas to offer a 5 day Bonefishing Trip for my angler friends, stay tuned details will be up soon.

Stay Tune More Adventures to come!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blog Update - Time for Changes!

As my time in Ohio winds down, I find it time to focus on some changes in my life. I am not getting any younger and it seems my bucket list still has a few missing items.

In April of this year, my United States Coast Guard Captains License expired, so I can no longer operate a boat as a fishing guide. This does not mean I won't continue to fish and maybe even guide, it just means that I won't be operating a boat that requires a Captains License to carry paying customers. Since I love to travel and take pictures, maybe it is time to utilize my photography skills, fishing skills and travel experience to have some fun, generate some revenue and pass along my knowledge. There are still a few places I want to fish and photograph so why not make it a business and check off a few things I still want to do?

Years ago I owned a Tour Company and enjoyed the business and led some wonderful trips - time to do it again and focus on fishing and photography.

Over the next few weeks I will be making some changes to my website and my blog to focus on some photography tours and fishing tours to knock a few items from my bucket list and travel and have some fun.

Today I have a phone call scheduled with a tour company that specializes in photo tours to Africa and they are interested in me leading a trip there, hopefully next year or the following year. More will be decided after the phone call. I will be promoting the trip along with other photo safari's and fishing safari's. This sounds like something I could do for the next couple years along with my own RV travels.

I want to get some photos like these...

I may also plan another Bonefishing Trip...maybe to Andros Island or back to Acklins?

In the meantime here are a few from around the park as the season winds down...(see my reflection in Yogi's nose?)

The new playground at the park!

I am also looking forward to my winter back in Twentynine Palms and will be holding a few day photography trips into Joshua Tree NP - I have contacted a tour company and hopefully will be helping them this winter.

I am also excited about my upcoming trip across country and have stops planned in the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest and also Smokey Mountain National Park for fall colors...

Stay Tuned - the calendars should be here before the end of the month...see everyone at the next LMNM.

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Blog Update - Change of Plans

Sometimes things happen for a reason....

My plan was to finish the summer in Ohio and then head South to Florida for the winter. I had a workamper job scheduled for Florida to get a free site and maybe make a few bucks...well sadly that has fallen through and now I think the best plan is to head back out west and get back to the dry climate and what I do best.

So I will leave Ohio around the 9th or 10th of October and head down to Smokey Mountain National Park and meet some friends for a few days of camping, then head over to a friends farm in Tennessee and stay a few more days then stop at another friends in Tennessee and do some more visiting. Then head west on Rt 40 all the way back to S. California to Twentynine Palms and enjoy another winter with my friends there. This trip back I hope to not be dodging bad weather and able to stop at some places along the way and make it a more leisurely trip. Still need to get my A/C fixed before I leave and my Sat Dish needs repaired so a bunch to do before I leave as well as getting the truck checked out - oil change etc.

Want to make stops in the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest and several other places of interest and get back to some serious photography...I have been remiss this summer in my photographic endeavors. Although here are a few from this summer in Ohio!

Don't forget to make sure you order your calendar so I can deliver or mail before I leave!

You can order online HERE!

Stay tuned everyone still be here until October...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Barberton Memories - 2017 Calendar

I have been remiss in posting to my blog - having too much fun here in my old home town of Barberton, Ohio.

I have spent the past couple months working on my next calendar project, most know that every year I create a calendar, generally featuring some of my travel adventures...this year being back home, I decided to relive some old memories around town, some favorite places from my youth.

Here are some of the pics from the calendar and a LINK to purchase a copy!


My old church!

My old High School Stadium!

World Famous "Barberton Chicken"!

A few Special Memories!

I have also been to two family gatherings and got to see some distant family members, many who I have not seen in years, so that was fun. I have also gotten together with some of my High School friends at a couple gatherings, which is always fun.

Some more info on the calendar - They will be available before I leave to head South in early October. I will have them at our next Ladies Men and Magics gathering with a little luck. Use the link above or HERE to order and I will either hand it to you personally or mail it to you.

If you would like to see the entire calendar you can click on any of the above pictures and it will take you to the gallery of images on my photo website.

Thanks for following along!!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy Times a Gathering of Family!

One of the highlights of my trip home for the summer was being able to see family members who I have not seen in years...and meet a few new members to the family. Yesterday we had a wonderful gathering and I was so happy we had a huge crowd, fun conversations and great food!

Of course I took a few pictures...and some from the past few days. This flower is at my campsite!

My favorite Niece and her family are up from Louisiana and they stopped by the RV Park for Outback Ray's Animal Show, the kids had a grand time and fell right into my job of picture taking....

Later in the afternoon all my cousins and families gathered at my sisters house for some family fun!

This wonderful flower was in my sisters yard and begged to be photographed!

Been a great summer so for and will see a ton of other relatives at another gathering in August, looking forward to it!

Stay Tuned!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Ohio!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blog Update - Summertime Fun

A short summer update for my friends who follow along.

Most of you know I am in Ohio - first job did not work out and I secured another at a wonderful RV Park...Jellystone Akron/Canton...I work weekends taking pictures of the activities and Sunday and Monday afternoons on the pool gate. It has been hot and muggy here the past couple weeks...and my A/C in the RV took a dump so have 4 fans running continuously...hasn't been too bad but humidity is the worse.

I have not been out taking many pictures yet, but hope to this week. Seems after taking a zillion pictures of the kids having fun every weekend and processing I am a little burnt out.

Here are a few from around the park!

This was Water War weekend so lots of water are a couple I liked!

I will be in Ohio until late September and then working my way South to Florida...hopefully get the A/C fixed this week...

Thanks for following along....

Still have a long summer at my RV Park and taking pictures of the activities, you can see my pictures at the link below.

Stay Tuned!

You can see all I have taken HERE on my SmugMug site!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blog Update - Why Ohio!

Almost exactly a year ago while in Montana I started making my future plans on the road and decided I wanted to spend a winter in Florida to see some friends and my step son. I also decided I would like to spend a summer in Ohio and visit family and friends there.

Without fail - the question I would get was "WHY OHIO"?

Well, here it is - who wants to go have a beer or Margarita with old friends?

I was very happy to spend an evening with my old classmates at the Green Diamond!

We had a nice turn-out! Thank You!

I still have plans to get out and take many more pictures of Ohio and see more friends!

Here is one I took the other day in my campsite!

I get immense enjoyment sharing my travels and photography with my friends from Florida, Montana, Alaska and my winter friends from 29 Palms RV Resort in California...but most of all my dear friends from Ohio. My life on the road can get a little lonely from time to time, but knowing that I have so many special people following me, makes me look for my next place to share.

Thank you everyone for following along!

I will be in Ohio all summer with plans to head to Tennessee to see some more friends in late September or early October, I will also be visiting a prospective RV Park in North Carolina to see about spending time and working there next summer. Plan to be in Florida for next winter, will spend most of my time in the Tampa, St Pete area where I lived for 20 years or so...lots of people there to visit. After next summer plan to be back out west with my winter friends in S. California...

Before I leave this fall, I will be seeing many friends and relatives here and also taking some pictures for next years calendar...still working on ideas for that project.

I had a great time last night, I really enjoyed seeing so many old classmates! Next meeting is July 12th at the Hungarian Club, make plans to be there!

Still have a long summer at my RV Park and taking pictures of the activities, you can see my pictures at the link below.

Stay Tuned!

You can see all I have taken HERE on my SmugMug site!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!