After an adventurous drive through the night during which we discussed the utter lack of dining options, we finally reached Mile Marker 92 and … The Shady Lady B&B, which appeared out of the dark like a mirage. Unfortunately, the mile long driveway wasn’t lit, paved or marked so we took a little offroad trip around the place before finally hopping into the parking lot (rain storms that had pummeled the area in previous weeks and caused quite a bit of damage to the roads). No other car was in sight and there was no sign of life. “We’re going to get killed in our sleep” was the first thing I said upon looking around. However, we were dirty, hungry and tired and decided “what the heck”. We approached the front door with a proper measure of caution and knocked. Steps echoed from the other end of the house. “We can still run to the car and head back into the desert” [me in a tiny voice] as the door swung open.

We needn’t have worried as our hosts turned out to be gracious, warm and welcoming people, not all all the kind that would kill you in your sleep. With that squared away, we headed back into “town”, where we dined at Beatty’s 2nd finest restaurant as per TripAdvisor. The atmosphere was rustic –

– and the food kicked ass! Note that they don’t accept credit cards so Damian was able to save the day because cash-less me would have been out of luck! 4 Chili Dogs/Burgers and a couple of Boston’s finest later, we headed back to the Shady Lady, which was no longer deserted as the other guests had found their way into the parking lot as well.

The next morning, we awoke to the smell of coffee and bacon and we soon joined our fellow adventurers at the breakfast table. I had never stayed at a B&B before and had the greatest time meeting people from all over the country. Many cans of coffee later, we headed back into Death Valley but turned around to take one photo as we left:
Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of Death Valley in nowhere, Nevada

Stay tuned for the next part of our Road Trip Report that took us from 200 feet below sea level all the way up to 5600 feet above sea level.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat LLC
US destination wedding photographer

I grew up shooting film (no preview in the back of the camera that would tell you if your exposure was correct) and have been a huge fan of vintage glamour photos in black and white since I can remember. This black and white bridal portrait was taken just seconds before Allie left her bridal suite at Killington’s Mountain Top Inn & Resort to take the limousine to her wedding ceremony.

black and white bridal portrait at Killington's Mountain Top Inn and Resort by Vermont's leading destination wedding photographer

While the color version of this photo is stunning in itself, converting it to black and white adds just the right hint of timeless elegance and beauty.

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
certified international wedding and portrait photographer

Each and every year, thousands of wedding & portrait photographers descend upon Las Vegas for our annual convention, WPPI, with tons of workshops, master classes, lectures, photo walks and the fun filled expo with all the latest equipment, products, wedding albums & guest speakers. After two days of non-stop action from dusk until … well, dusk, we were ready to take a little break from the city and headed to our favorite spot, Death Valley. We had read about the recent super bloom and couldn’t wait to see this desolate, dry and hostile spot come to life. We bought enough provisions to last us at least a month and left the city behind us.

Our first spot was Zabriskie Point where we played our favorite game of “spot the German tourists” (I won!) during our hike and had a fantastic picnic in the desert.
Vermont Wedding Photographer in California

Up north was were the super bloom was in full swing with millions of flowers covering the valley floor in a lush carpet of yellow.
2016 Death Valley Super Bloom Nevada Wedding Photographer on Road Trip

2016 Death Valley Super Bloom Nevada Wedding Photographer on Road Trip

2016 Death Valley Super Bloom Nevada Wedding Photographer on Road Trip

Sunset saw us hike into the Mesquite Sand Dunes, that were also full of life.

2016 Death Valley Super Bloom Nevada Wedding Photographer on Road Trip

The really exciting part of our adventure came after dark: trying to locate the little B&B I had booked in the middle of nowhere – the Shady Lady B&B. If you guessed by the name that it used to be a brothel, you guessed correctly. We drove through the dark and left the last town, Beatty, behind is. Far, far, behind us. 32 miles and not a single sign of life. Our trusted Garmin couldn’t even find the place. The description on their website simply said “mile marker 92″. Into the night we drove. And drove. Mile Marker 92 came up and a sign shone brightly in the darkness: The Shady Lady. But our adventure wasn’t over … but more about that another day.

Happy Travels!

Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat LLC
Your traveling destination wedding photographer on the road

Originally, I had planned a happy blog post for today with plenty of photos from our trip to Death Valley & Las Vegas but the horrible news from Brussels we woke up to this morning put this plan on hold.

As a former European, I just don’t have the heart for a vacation post. My first 27 years were spent in Germany, right next to Belgium & the Netherlands and to see terror hit so close to home is shocking.

Love Locks on bridge in Europe

I’ll be back later this week.