Captain Baylor's Journal*

Camp Baylor on the way to "Undisclosed Location"

*(originally titled, "Curt's RV Journal", which was combined with the "Cowboy Action Shooting Journal" then changed from "Journal Of A Gypsy Cowboy" to "Captain Baylor's Journal" with the March 2014 issue)

I tried doing 2 journals back and forth, figuring people will be interested in either Fulltime RVing or Cowboy Action Shooting, but not both. After a while I decided (a) some people are interested in both and (b) those who aren't can skim over the parts they're not interested in. (It should be noted I've put the sexy parts randomly in both parts so you have to read both if you want to read the naughty bits.)

"It may be that your role in life is to serve as a bad example."

The Redhead and I began fulltiming on June 7, 2007. The story of our "early" retirement is at Curt's LAST Newsletter The articles "Cheating Death" and "Retirement" should bring you up to speed on where we are.

When I was researching fulltiming I got a lot out of blogs by people who were fulltiming. I found I got the most out of reading the experiences of beginners. There are some mistakes all beginners make, it seems. Old timers might not even think of the importance of making square turns or arranging to go through a tight gate from a left turn when your rig is 65' long. A beginner who scraped the side of his coach or got stuck halfway through the gate will note it and describe how not to do it again. It just cost him embarrassment or a bodyshop bill.

We're beginners. As I said in an article for The Cowboy Chronicle, "We were so ignorant of RVs we could barely spell it if you spotted us the R." We learned a lot, some of it expensively, some cheaply In the Journal when we learned something, I put it in the Journal.

I've also written it to entertain. Not everything is serious. Reading the disclaimer at the home page might be appropriate for the sense of humor challenged.

There is also a Cowboy Action Shooting Journal. The purpose of our travels is to attend SASS matches as well as general retirement travel. We don't have relatives to visit. The cat was allergic to the kids, so we got rid of the kids. There will be some overlap between the RV Journal and the Cowboy Action Shooting Journal. It's inevitable. If that bothers you, get over it.

(Added November 2007: I've merged the CAS Journal with the RV Journal starting with the October events. Skip over the parts that don't interest you.)

I'm starting off breaking the RV Journal into months. We'll see how that goes. Enjoy.


Index to all of my articles that are on the online Cowboy Chronicle Archives


March 2016 Journal

February 2016 Journal-2016 WINTER RANGE

January 2016 Journal



December 2015 Journal--13th and last SASS CONVENTION

November 2015 Journal

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

Chronograph Test Session 7-29-15, including several .38 special loads, Tin Star Powder, and Bone Orchard ammunition

June 2015

End Of Trail 2015

April-May 2015-Coated bullet test, D Bar J Silverbelly BOP and 1895 Montgomery Wards hatband.

March 2015

February 2015

Winter Range 2015

January 2015

SASS Convention in San Antonio


December 2014

Cowtown Rebirth

November 2014

Ringer's Bullets Black Powder Test

October 2014

Bordertown, Comin'At'Cha

September 2014

RV water heater maintenance, Dillon XL650 aftermarketupgrades

August 2014, Outlaw Trail Regional

July 2014

American Pioneer Powder Premium Grade Test

June 2014

End Of Trail 2014

Frankford Arsenal Platinum Rotary Tumbler

Bob Mernickle's Harley

May 2014

Dillon RF100 Tricks, BP/Subs Cost Comparison

April 2014

March 2014

Winter Range 2014

Cleaning Ruger Old Armies For Dummies

February 2014

January 2014


December 2013

November 2013

July-October 2013

Reloading American Pioneer Powder Using Fillers on a Dillon XL650

EOT 2013

June-July 2013 An arm injury has put me behind, so these months have been combined. I'll catch up on Railhead and Outlaw Trail when I can. Surgery July 24th went well.. (Tin Star powder for .45 Colt)

May 2013 (Buffalo Stampede) (May Crono/Ransom Rest Test—Super Powder)

The Battle of San Jacinto and the Legend of the Yellow Rose of Texas

April 2013

March 2013

Winter Range 2013

February 2013

January 2013


December 2012

Black Powder Conversion Chart Revised

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012


June 2012

May 2012 Wild Bunch Chronograph session

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012


December 2011 and 10th and possibly LAST SASS Convention

November 2011

October 2011

Clearing the Henry-'66-'73 Jam With a Screwknife©

September 2011

August 2011

Black Powder Smoke Standard Ammunition Test, August 2011

Ransom Rest and Chrono Session, August 2011

July 2011

End of Trail 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Winter Range 2011

February 2011

January 2011


December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

2010 End of Trail, June 20-27, 2010

June 2010

May 2010

Gunsite's Ruger Single Action Self-Defense Course

April 2010

2010 Buffalo Stampede, the 4 Corners Regional

March 2010

February 2010-Winter Range 2010

Ammunition Chrono Test -0210

January 2010


December 2009-SASS Convention

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

Engraved Ruger Old Armies, "Heaven" and "Hell"

August 2009

July 2009-National Parks around Moab, Utah

June 2009-End of Trail 2009, the SASS World Championship

May Chronograph session results

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

Winter Range 2009, the SASS National Championship

February 2009

January Chronograph and Ransom Rest session

January 2009


December 2008

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

August 2008

July 2008

June 2008

May 2008

April 2008

March 2008

February 2008

January 2008

December 2007

November 2007

October 2007

September 2007

August 2007

July 2007

June 2007