Hatch, NM — If you’ve been folowing me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/travelingringo), you probably know that I’ve recently started using Instagram (www.instagram.com/travelingringo). I’ve discovered that – as with most social media – it’s kind of addictive.

Instagram offers the ability to manipulate your basic cellphone pictures, by applying different filters which add or subtract things like color, contrast, and saturation. It’s a way to make each picture unique and different, and some Instagram users are able to create unique works of art from their photos.

I didn’t have an Instagram account until Harley-Davidson asked me to tweet photos from my recent two-week trip to northern New Mexico and west Texas, while working on several stories for HOG magazine.

I liked the app so much, I’ve decided to post daily (or at least “regular”) Instagram pics here on Travelin’ Gringo, for those who may not follow me on Twitter or Facebook (www.facebook.com/travelingringo)

The picture above is from Sparky’s restaurant, in Hatch, N.M., which is a town that’s known as the Chile Pepper Capital of the World. This was actually my second visit to Sparky’s, the first was last year, and you can read about it here: http://travelingringo.com/2012/09/the-best-damn-green-chile-cheeseburger-in-america-sparkys-in-hatch-new-mexico/ 

I rode a 2013 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra on this trip, putting on nearly 2,000 miles in 2 weeks. For HOG members, you’ll be able to read several stories from the trip in upcoming issues of HOG magazine, but for now, enjoy the Instagrams!

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Arbret Sue Yager

    May 20, 2013

    Hmmm it would let me post my first comment…so just dropping back by to say it was a great roadside meeting of photographic friends in N NM. I hope the rest of your travels are safe, filled with interesting folks, stories to be retold for generations, good food and drink. May joy always be your destination!
    Sue (from Lubbock, TX…home of Buddy Holly)

  2. Arbret Sue Yager

    May 20, 2013

    Great to ‘meet’ you on the road; hope the photo I took for you turned out okay. I will have to follow your further adventures and see how you liked Big Bend. Peace, joy and happiness on the rest of your travels wherever they lead!
    Sue/Lubbock, TX

    • Travelin' Gringo

      May 20, 2013

      Thanks so much for your comments, Sue. It was great meeting you “on the road” also. My trip was quite enjoyable and productive, and you’ll be seeing more pics here on the blog.

  3. Jose Antonio

    May 16, 2013

    Hi! I find ur words so related to me, cause I did start usin IG about a pair of years ago. For me, it is far more than a social media, l found a good fistful of trustful friends there, and the most important, l met a Texan girl, who, believe it or not, after kik-ing with her for several months, became my couple and yes, came to Spain to marry me. Why l am telling u about this? Easy, u, who l can tell l feel my new friend from IG, went through West Texas, bringing home smiles and tears from me and my wife, cause, and this is holy truth, u took shots from her little village and her growing up town, El Paso.
    For me, IG is a way of life, just as great as Twitter. Not FB.
    I said once and say it again, thanks to u, el gringo viajante, por las fotos, la amistad, y los buenos ratos. Adios!

    • Travelin' Gringo

      May 16, 2013

      Hi Jose, I’m glad you’re enjoying the photos, and it’s nice to hear about your story with your wife. It’s true that Instagram can open up new worlds, isn’t it? (I don’t mean to sound like I’m doing a commercial for them, I just really like using it)


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