road trip

20 Days on the Road | Fall 2016

20 Days on the Road | Fall 2016 | Alaina Ann Photography Today I'm hitting the road for the shortened version of my fall road trip. Originally planned for 50 days, the trip was cut down to 20, allowing me time to visit with doctors during the month of September. More on that here.

Stop by the travel page for planned destinations (September and October).

This trip will take me as far west as Colorado and New Mexico, before heading back toward Maryland. Feel free to follow along as I make my way around the country.

iPhone Photographs Instax Photographs Updates from the Road

I had every intention of writing and scheduling all my upcoming blog posts, but ended up running out of time. Since my travel days are a bit more aggressive than usual, I'm taking the pressure of myself and planning to post when time permits.

Enjoy the last few days in September :)

40 Days on the Road

40 Days on the Road | Alaina Ann Photography Today marks day two of my 40 day road trip around the country! Yesterday was all about clocking miles and making my way into Ohio. Tomorrow I will depart from Chicago, beginning an westbound trip on Historic Route 66.

Stop by the travel page for planned destinations during this trip.

My fingers are crossed for safe weather while on the road. It’s been several years since my last spring road trip across the country and I, thankfully, managed to miss most of the gnarly weather sweeping the Midwest at the time.

Feel free to follow along as much or as little as you wish :) A few options are below.

iPhone Photographs Instax Photographs Updates from the Road Planned Stops {May and June}

As usual, I will likely fall quickly behind with most posts being a few days or even over a week after my visit.

65 Day Road Trip | Week 1

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography The last two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. And there are still seven more to go before this 65 day road trip is a wrap!

I am officially getting back on track here on the blog. While on the road, a weekly update post with Instax photographs will be shared, instead of the usual Wednesday Photograph Story.

Here's a look at my first week on the road :)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio | Alaina Ann Photography

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana | Alaina Ann Photography

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography

Lake Monona, Wisconsin | Alaina Ann Photography

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa | Alaina Ann Photography

Corn in Iowa | Alaina Ann Photography

Missouri National Recreation River, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Fort Niobrara National National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Badlands National Park, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Hitting the Road for 65 Days | Travel

Hitting the Road for 65 Days | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography This trip has been on my planning radar for nearly a year. Hard to believe I am hitting the road TODAY for 65 days!

As usual, I will be traveling all over the country exploring new and familiar places.

Along the way, I will do my best to keep up with blog posts throughout the week.

Follow along: iPhone Photographs Instax Photographs Updates from the Road Planned Stops

Thank you for all the well wishes leading up to this great adventure!

New Travel Page | Travel

New Travel Page | Alaina Ann Photography A few months back, I decided to add a page to the Alaina Ann Photography website dedicated to upcoming and recent travels. Friends, family members and peers regularly ask where I am headed and where I have recently explored. This new page is perfect for sharing both!

I'm happy to officially introduce the Travel page :)

This page will share my photography travel destinations for the current year. At the top of the page, there are links to previous years. As blog posts are written for each destination, they will be linked on the respective pages.

As you may see, 2015 is shaping up to be a big travel year! I'm planning to spend four full months on the road :)

Spring Break | Travel

Spring Break | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography I recently decided to add spring break back into my life!

My trip is focusing on visiting dear friends in the southeast as well as visiting a handful of my 556 in 12 locations.

Anticipated 556 in 12 Stops:

Andersonville NHS Carl Sandburg Home NHS Charles Pinckney NHS Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Colonial National Historical Park Cumberland Island National Seashore Fort Frederica National Monument Fort Monroe National Monument Fort Pulaski National Monument Fort Sumter National Monument Francis Marion National Forest Martin Luther King, Jr. NHS Ocmulgee National Monument Osceola National Forest

I have a feeling I'm in for a great trip. And know my visits will friends will be the main highlights along the way :)

23 Days on the Road | Travel

23 Days on the Road | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography And I'm home :) After spending 23 days on the road, traveling around the country, I pulled into my driveway safe and sound on Saturday night.

The trip was EPIC.

I visited new and familiar places. Spent time with family members and very dear friends. Had to cancel plans due to weather. Saw winter and fall collide. Enjoyed tea in Durango. Spotted a few of my 556 locations along the way and popped in for an unexpected visit.

And the list goes on.

My final mileage count was 7,246. I drove through 15 states, three timezones, 14 national park units, 21 national forests, state parks, awesome big and small towns and a few questionable dirt roads :)

23 Days on the Road | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography

Road Trip Stops

Flight 93 National Memorial New River Gorge National River Cherokee National Forest Pisgah National Forest Blue Ridge Parkway Nantahala National Forest Chattahoochee National Forest Talladega National Forest Tombigbee National Forest Bienville National Forest Homochitto National Forest Kisatchie National Forest Sabine National Forest Angelina National Forest Davy Crockett National Forest Sam Houston National Forest Austin, Texas Amistad National Recreation Area Big Bend National Park Guadalupe Mountains National Park Carlsbad Caverns National Park Lincoln National Forest White Sands National Monument Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Durango, Colorado San Juan National Forest Mesa Verde National Park Pagosa Springs, Colorado Rio Grande National Forest Great Sand Dunes National Park Great Sand Dunes National Preserve Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Carson National Forest Santa Fe National Forest Santa Fe, New Mexico Petroglyph National Monument Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico Palo Duro Canyon State Park Ouachita National Forest Hot Springs National Park Holly Springs National Forest William B. Bankhead National Forest Natural Bridge Park Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Can't wait to start planning my next big road trip :)

South Carolina Road Trip | Travel

South Carolina Road Trip | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography I was thrilled to hit the road for the first time in 2014 :) Winter was a bit of a hibernation period here in Maryland with the cold temperatures, ample snow and catching up from a busy 2013.

I planned my first road trip around my Clemson Crew reunion in South Carolina. Many of my dear friends were heading into town for the 25th reunion of the crew team. This was a perfect opportunity to visit a handful of my 556 in 12 locations before and after arriving in Clemson!

South Carolina Road Trip
  • I stretched my legs with a family visit in North Carolina :)
  • Congaree National Park
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site
  • Sumter National Forest
  • Clemson
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

I am already planning a return visit to Congaree National Park and Sumter National Forest, likely in the fall (October/November). Although both were beautiful during my visit, I would love to see each during peak fall foliage season!

More detailed travel posts for each location will be on the blog in the near future!

US National Parks App

US National Parks App by TripBucket | Alaina Ann Photography I finally finished my 2014 travel bucket list, including 50 locations from my 556 in 12 goal! I am EXCITED :)

While planning my stops for 2014 from my 556 in 12 list, I came across the US National Parks App by TripBucket. I downloaded the free version and upgraded to the paid version soon after to gain full access to the app functionality.

I was able to quickly and easily search for my stops that fall under the 401 National Park Units category and add them to my "To Do List" in the app. Now I have a full list of all my National Park locations in the palm of my hand :)

Favorite Features
  • Comprehensive list and guide to all 401 National Park Units
  • Locations broken down into various categories such as type of park, camp sites, hikes, driving experiences and much more
  • List of activities to do inside and outside the parks
  • Photo galleries
  • Maps and directions
  • Weather
  • Tips, recommendations and reviews
  • Capability to build and track a personal list

If you are planning to visit National Parks in the future and would like a little extra help with the planning, I highly recommend this app!

556 Locations in 12 Years | Travel

556 Locations in 12 Years | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography Last week, while getting the mail, I had the pleasure of running into a dear friend and her daughter {they live up the street}. When asked if I had traveled to any new places since I last saw them {two months ago}, my answer was no. NO?! How is that possible? I am always on the move and going to new places, both near and far.

Naturally, I came inside, sat at my desk, and began thinking of new places to visit and photograph. As you know, I decided a few years ago to visit every National Park {59 total} by the time I am 45 years old. This goal, over 1/3 of the way complete, got me thinking and researching.

There are 401 National Park units in the United States. I have visited many throughout my life, but have only photographed a small portion of them. Since I want to return to every National Park I have already photographed, I decided to set a new goal :)

Over the next twelve years I am going to set out to visit and photograph all 401 National Park units in the United States! With 50 units in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., I suddenly have a new motivation and excitement to start exploring locally.

As I began to look at the units in each state, I remembered the National Forests are maintained by the U.S. Forest Service {not the National Park Service}. Thus, I have added the 155 National Forests to my list as well!

I have started to add new destinations to my 2014 travel bucket list and plan to get started this month :)

New goal: 556 locations in 12 years. I think this is going to be a fun, challenging and awesome goal to fulfill!