Garden District & Old Cloverdale Montgomery Alabama by Brian D.

The Garden District is a 315-acre historic district in Montgomery, Alabama.  It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1984.  Likewise, The Cloverdale Historic district is a 156-acre historic district in Montgomery, Alabama.  It was placed on the National Register of Historic Place on September 12, 1985.   Over the next year I plan to document all the beauty of these areas. 

Alabama Governor's Mansion 

Alabama Governor's Mansion 

First United Methodist Church - Old Cloverdale, Montgomery Alabama

First United Methodist Church - Old Cloverdale, Montgomery Alabama

A southern icon - still great to be seen out front in Old Cloverdale

A southern icon - still great to be seen out front in Old Cloverdale

Yoga in Cloverdale-Idlewild’s “Bottom” Park

Yoga in Cloverdale-Idlewild’s “Bottom” Park

Downtown Montgomery Alabama at dusk

Downtown Montgomery Alabama at dusk

Downtown Montgomery - Court Square Fountain

Downtown Montgomery - Court Square Fountain

Alabama River - looking west

Alabama River - looking west


Zion National Park - Canyon Overlook Trail by Brian D.

Travel: 

I was staying in St George Utah for a week long golf vacation, I know tough life...We played some of the best courses to include; Sand Hallow, Sky Mountain, The Ledges, Green Springs, and The Woodbridge golf courses.  Zion National Park is roughly an hour from St George.

Lodging:

While we didn't stay near the park this trip, Springdale Utah is the obvious place to stay just minutes from the entrance to Zion National Park.

Best Photography:

1) Canyon Overlook

The Canyon Overlook trail is one of the best kept secrets of Zion for photographers of all levels of fitness. The trail is roughly a mile round trip and takes only about 20 minutes to hike.  The views throughout the short hike are absolutely amazing but the end view of the entire park from roughly 600 ft is exceptional. 

Canyon Overlook Trail View - Zion National Park

Canyon Overlook Trail View - Zion National Park

Tips & Tricks:

To access the Canyon Overlook Trail you follow Route 9 (Zion Park Blvd) through the tunnel and once you come out the parking area is immediately on the right.  Parking is limited to about 10 cars.  If you are not lucky enough to score a parking spot there is additional parking about a 1/4 mile down the road. 

Death Valley - National Park by Brian D.

Day Trip to Death Valley 

Travel:

Las Vegas provides great access for an easy and beautiful day trip to Death Valley, National Park.   The scenic drive is right under two hours.  

Las Vegas to Death Valley

Las Vegas to Death Valley

Lodging: 

I was driving a 35 ft RV during my latest trip to Death Valley.  We stayed at the Furnace Creek Resort, they have a fairly large amount of RV parking.  The facilities are great with access to both showers and pool.  Once you check it at the registration a guide will take you to your parking spot (which is very helpful). 

Best Photography: 

1) Zabriskie Point - Death Valley, California

Death Valley is a photographers dream...However, I would have to say one of the best and most easily accessible spots is Zabriskie Point Death Valley.  There is easy access right off route 190 and then with a short 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot you will witness one of the most amazing views of a desert.

Zabriskie Point - Death Valley, California

Zabriskie Point - Death Valley, California

2) Eureka Sand Dunes - Death Valley, CA

Almost 100 miles north on 190 you will come across another amazing stop in Death Valley, the Eureka Sand Dunes.  This location is fantastic for evening and sunset shots.

Death Valley, California

Death Valley, California

Tips & Tricks: 

Weather is probably the most important thing to factor in when traveling to Death Valley.  I have gone in all four seasons.  Late spring, until the middle of May is probably my favorite time to visit.  The temperatures during the day are fairly warm but during the golden hours the temperatures are usually perfect as opposed to extreme cold or heat during other seasons.  Cell phone service is very limited and it is important to travel in a reliable vehicle with plenty of water and food.  To plan a guided trip to the above locations and/or more please contact me.