Explore | Tell City

Story and Photos by JD Dotson Lucky to have a partner in exploration, Jon and I headed west to Perry County not sure of what we would find in this part of south central Indiana. We knew that Perry County was the hilliest and most forested part of Indiana and home to the Hoosier National…Read More

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Finding a New Derby Tradition in New Orleans

The exterior of a two-story corner building of a street in New Orleans, which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L&N tracks and the river. The section is poor but, unlike corresponding sections in other American cities, it has a raffish charm. So begins “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play…Read More

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Explore | Jeffersonville

Story and Photos by JD Dotson I spent much of high school exploring Southern Indiana. Many adventures are lost to memory, but one thing stands out vividly. I remember discovering “The Lady” by accident one day, cutting from Clarksville to Jeffersonville on a road I had used before, but hadn’t paid much attention. Until that…Read More

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Story and photos by JD Dotson Once again, I am completely in awe of a place I thought I knew, only to be pleasantly surprised at every turn.  Charlestown quietly sits in Eastern Clark County and not knowing where I was going, I stopped in the first interesting place I came upon to ask questions…Read More

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Story and Photos by JD Dotson There is a common theme among the towns in Southern Indiana I have been fortunate to explore, and Santa Claus is no exception. Many embrace their past, some change with the times and others have an eye to the future. The common denominator in the towns of Southern Indiana is the collective…Read More

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Story & Photos By JD Dotson The Dubois County Courthouse sits in the center of the town square. Built in 1910, the beautiful Renaissance Revival Style building is a centerpiece for the small town, where big things are happening. I had not explored JASPER since I was a kid and was so easily enamored of…Read More



Story & Photos By JD Dotson Growing up in the neighboring town of Lanesville, I spent quite a bit of my youth running around CORYDON and the hills and roads surrounding the town. I don’t remember much about the little town other than a cut-through to the parks or the Blue River, but Corydon is…Read More


Pure Life

Story & Photos by JD Dotson OUR SOUTHERN INDIANA COMMUNITY WILL ALWAYS BE HOME, BUT I WAS READY FOR A BREAK. SO I TOOK ONE TO COSTA RICA WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK. The first night in San Jose was spent in a really cool little hostel, $15 a night, but the night was long. Headache,…Read More