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September 22, 2015

Shoe Organizer in a Tent Trailer

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 7:13 am

I saw this image on Pinterst and it looked like a really good idea:

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

I don’t have a full bed like what is shown there, but there are only three of us, so I thought I could do something like that in the Tangerine Turtle. It worked out really well.

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

I cut the shoe organizer, just like the picture showed, but the edges were a little frayed. I then took a lighter and singed the edges so they wouldn’t fray anymore. I screwed it into the wall with small screws on all four corners. It worked really well for us.

Here is how it looks from a little further away.

Shoe organizer in a tent camper from Starling Travel

Our camper is so small that we were tripping over the pile of shoes in it. There really was no place to put our shoes except “in the way.” This organizer really helped keep things tidy and less tripping. If you have a tiny tent trailer, try this and see if it helps. It sure helped us.

September 20, 2015

Travel Is Fatal To Prejudice and Bigotry

Filed under: Travel — Laura Moncur @ 9:21 am

I love this quote from Mark Twain’s book, Innocents Abroad:

Travel is fatal to prejudice and bigotry from Starling Travel

It reads:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

  • Mark Twain

A research study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science is close to proving Twain right:

“Across five studies, using different research methods including a longitudinal study, we found that breadth but not depth of foreign experiences increases generalized trust,” Cao added. “In other words, the more countries one travels, the more trusting one is. Breadth is important here, because breadth provides a great level of diversity in people’s foreign travel experiences, allowing them to reach such a generalized assumption.”

If you are considering whether traveling somewhere is worth the money, remember this quote. In fact, if you know of any prejudices that are lurking in your psyche that you wish to eradicate, visiting the very country of your prejudice may just change your mind completely. Think of that the next time you stick a pin in a map and plan your vacation.

September 18, 2015

Campground Etiquette: Walking Through Campsites

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 7:03 am

I learned a long time ago that walking through people’s campsites is rude. I learned it from an angry man with a diesel pusher in Quartzsite who screamed at me for walking through his campsite on the way to the bathroom. The campground had no pathways to get to the bathroom. The only way to get there from my site was a quarter mile walk around the campground. It was a choice of .25 miles or ten feet through his site. I chose the logical route and the diesel pusher was quite angry with me.

If you check various websites, it IS considered rude to walk through other people’s campsites.

If you read blogs, there are plenty of people willing to expound on how RUDE it is to walk through people’s campsites.

The thing is, all of that is entitled baloney.

There are some campgrounds where the ONLY way to get to the bathroom is to walk through someone’s campsite. There are some campgrounds that are so cramped and crammed full of tents and campers that there is no way to tell where someone’s campsite ends and another begins. There are some campgrounds that are so massive that the only way to walk to the bathroom is a quarter mile detour. Sometimes, people set up so much junk in their campsite that they are infringing on your area or even the walkway between sites.

You do NOT own the land you paid for. We are all sharing the campground and like it or not, you’re in the open. Your items are not secure. People WILL walk through your campsite and you insisting that you own that swath of land is the rude behavior, not people trying to get to the bathroom after a long and cold night.

Last June, we stayed at a wonderful campground in Moab that was BEYOND crowded.

Crowded Camground in Moab from Starling Travel

What you can’t see from this picture is the campers on the other side of us and almost abutting the picnic table. What you can’t see are the band of hippies washing their dishes right behind me in the bathroom facility. While we camped there, people walked through our campsite all day and night. You can see how cramped it was. The people in the cabins walked between our car and my boy’s bunk end all day and night. The only way to walk to the bathroom without going through someone’s site was to go all the way around, which was at least 50 yards.

Did I scold every person walking through my site? Did I set up all my cute turtles, table cloth, camping chairs and tables? Did I seethe with anger every time someone “trespassed” on my site? Did I fume about how RUDE people are and don’t they know that I “own” this property and they should go around?


I had a fun vacation. I talked with the hippies. I said a nice hello to everyone walking past. I tried to calm my fears whenever I heard someone walking right past my bunk end in the middle of the night.

The simple fact remains that sometimes we are all camping in a very cramped campground. Learning to accept that people will be walking through your site will make your camping experience more enjoyable. Insisting that people are trespassing on your property will make it miserable for you. You can’t control other people. ACCEPT that fact and your camping experiences will be much more pleasant.

September 8, 2015

Camping Therapy

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 7:46 am

It has been a while. The first weekend of June was the last time I went camping and I’m feeling antsy. I want to get back out there, but I have a whole month to wait until the October Valley of Fire Popup Portal Rally. I can feel the itchiness all around me and then I saw this little advertisement from KOA.

I don't need therapy. I just need to go camping. from Starling Travel

It reads:

I don’t need therapy. I just need to go camping!

And it’s so true. But WHY? Why do I feel this itchiness when it has been too long between camping trips? What I love about camping is setting up camp and sitting outside of the camper under the awning. It’s just sitting. Why can’t I do that at home?

Believe me, I have TRIED to relax and just sit outside in the shade. I have even put up a hammock in my backyard to entice me to do just that.

Relaxing Hammock in My Backyard from Starling Travel

No matter how many beautiful and relaxing spots I have set up in my backyard, I have not been able to recreate the feeling of sitting outside my camper in the shade. I have no idea WHY I feel like that. All I know is that despite my many attempts to just sit outside and enjoy the birds in my backyard, I still feel itchy when I haven’t gone camping in a while. Just a little over a month until I can go again…

September 2, 2015

CornFest Teardrop

Filed under: Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 10:26 am

Last weekend at the Enterprise, Utah CornFest, I saw this awesome teardrop trailer.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

It was for sale for $4500 and I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold before the day was out. It was in immaculate condition.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

The bed appears to be a full-sized bed.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

There is storage above the pillows.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

Your feet nestle in below the shelving for the galley.

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

The galley looks absolutely perfect!

CornFest Teardrop from Starling Travel

Seeing this teardrop really made me miss the one we used to have. It was so easy to tow and set up. If you’d live to see more teardrop trailers, we’ve featured many here:

September 1, 2015

Escape to Montana’s Big Sky Country

Filed under: Montana,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 5:50 am

I saw this advertisement for Montana in an old National Geographic.

The Great Escape Montana Big Sky Country National Geographic April 1970 from Starling Travel

It’s from the April 1970 issue and it reads:

The Great Escape… Montana The Big Sky Country

Escape from the ordinary to this uncrowded, unspoiled, unmatched land – 147,000 square miles of America’s grandest scenery. Visit famous historical sights and state parks. Explore fabled ghost towns. Relax in one of 577 campgrounds. Thrill to exciting rodeos. Get away to Montana – one continuous sightseeing experience between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

There is a modern version of this advertisement here:

It’s true. There is a lot to see in Montana and it’s worth the drive to get there. As a child, I went to Montana every summer because my grandparents lived in Billings. As an adult, I miss it if I don’t go there once a year. I missed going to Yellowstone and Montana this summer and I can feel it calling to me. Now, however, there are 748 campgrounds waiting for me to visit…


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