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Field Trips! March 4, 2009

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

In the spring a young man’s fancy turns to–well, in my case, it turns to getting out of the house and hitting the road. This spring and summer I’m planning to explore more of Alabama on road trips around the state–to see the locally famous, unique, or just plain strange things that dot our landscape. And I plan to drive old federal and state highways as much as possible, because that’s where the great old signage is! (Naturally, I’ll have my camera with me on capture subjects for future block prints.)

Anyway, here are a few of my potential destinations. Got any good ones to add to the list?

Dismals Canyon (They’ve got glowworms!)
Rosenbaum House (Alabama’s only Frank Lloyd Wright house)
Rickwood Caverns
Natural Bridge
DeSoto Caverns
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (this time to ride the excursion train)
Ave Maria Grotto (to introduce friends to this roadside wonder)
–The workshop and store of Standard Deluxe
–I’d also like to wander around some towns in the Black Belt and even–believe it or not–Montgomery to check out the art, architecture, old signs, and tasty food. I’ll follow the tire tracks of Deep Fried Kudzu, a fellow Southern explorer and photographer.



1. inkstainedlife - March 4, 2009

I am SO BUMMED to have a scheduling conflict with the Old 280 Boogie this year. ARGH.

2. trav - March 5, 2009

Good list. I’d have to add the Alabama Book Festival on April 18th down in Montgomery. http://www.alabamabookcenter.org/ABF.html

It’s small, but growing. And it’s always fun to see if the faces of all the authors.


3. Dystopos - March 6, 2009

If you’re roaming the black belt, you’ll definitely be visiting the projects of Auburn’s Rural Studio.

4. Jeff Moore - March 20, 2009

What a great list! Dismals Canyon is such an oasis. Other Alabama Notables include several Lustron ‎Houses, Gee’s Bend, The world’s largest office chair (Anniston), Ivy Green (Helen Keller birthplace -‎Tuscumbia), Boll Weevil Monument (Enterprise), Russel Cave National Monument, and Paul ‎Rudolph’s minimalist chapel at Tuskegee.‎

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