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March 27, 2015

Bear Lake KOA: A Great Place To Stay

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 7:29 am

Bear Lake KOA August 2012 from Starling TravelBack in August 2012, we stayed for a few days at the Bear Lake KOA. It was such an idyllic visit that we still talk about that camping trip today. I can’t believe I never wrote about it here, so I am posting some of the photos we took on that trip.

Bear Lake is in Northern Utah and we had to go over the mountains with our Prius and the Duct Tape Palace for the first time. It handled it nicely, but we were anxious the entire trip. We were inexperienced towing anything bigger than the teardrop, so we were nervous the whole time. There was nothing to worry about, though, because we got to the campground easily and quickly.

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March 26, 2015

The Duct Tape Palace at Night

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 9:24 am

I came across this in my old photos the other day. Our first tent trailer, the Palamino, was so trashed that the canvass was literally held together with duct tape. We didn’t actually call it the Duct Tape Palace until AFTER we gave it away to charity.

Seeing this old photo of it, though, made me miss it a bit.

The Duct Tape Palace at night from Starling Travel

This photo was taken on our maiden voyage of that camper at Wasatch State Park, before any duct tape was employed to keep the windows closed. It was a very good introductory camper that taught us that we really did like camping in a tent trailer. It made the cost of the Jayco that we have now seem worth it. I don’t miss the Duct Tape Palace, but I’m sure glad we had it for as long as we did. Totally worth the $300 we paid for it!

Other posts about the Palomino Tent Trailer:

March 17, 2015

Ramblin’ Rose Cafe

Filed under: Food,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 7:44 am

I went to the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market in July 2012 and saw this AWESOME camper turned food truck. It’s called Ramblin’ Rose Cafe.

Ramblin Rose Cafe SLC Farmer's Market July 2012 from Starling Travel

Their camper is adorable and they were so friendly.

Ramblin Rose Cafe SLC Farmer's Market July 2012 from Starling Travel

The next time you are cruising around Salt Lake City, check out the Farmer’s Market. You might just find the Ramblin’ Rose Cafe.

March 15, 2015

The Old Sahara Hotel

Filed under: Lodging,Nevada,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 12:39 pm

Back in March 2012, the Sahara Hotel was closed and we snapped a few photos of it while we drove past on the strip. I thought people might like to see them to remember for old times’ sake.

The Sahara Hotel March 2012

The Sahara Hotel March 2012

The Sahara Hotel March 2012

The Sahara Hotel March 2012

The Sahara Hotel March 2012

In its spot, they now have a hotel called SLS. They really just washed off all the personality and reused the building. They tore out the roller coaster and made everything white and boring. I really miss the Las Vegas of the Nineties and wish they would go back to the kid-friendly thing. Since I’m basically just a grown-up kid, all this “sophistication” is just lost on me…

March 8, 2015

A Beautiful Day at the Luxor

Filed under: Lodging,Nevada,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 8:46 am

I found these photos of The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in my collection and I thought I’d share them with you.

Beautiful Day at the Luxor from Starling Travel

I don’t know why we keep visiting The Luxor Hotel over and over. There are hundreds of hotels in Las Vegas we could stay at and have a different experience. I guess we like the familiarity of a hotel we’ve stayed at before.

Beautiful Day at the Luxor from Starling Travel

Then again, I don’t know why we keep visiting Las Vegas over and over. Part of it is location. It is close enough to be not too long of a drive and far enough to feel like a get-a-way.

Beautiful Day at the Luxor from Starling Travel

I keep thinking we should visit someplace else, but how can I when Las Vegas is as beautiful as it is time and time again?

March 6, 2015

The Last Prius Campout

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 1:40 pm

I didn’t know it at the time, but the anniversary trip Mike and I took in August of 2013 was The Last Prius Campout. We camped at Wasatch State Park in Northern Utah and had I known it was our last campout with that car, I would have taken more pictures.

I was looking through photos the other day and I found the few that I took.

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

We had a great time on that campout and I wrote about it when I talked about camping fondue: Starling Travel – Camping Fondue

Camping Fondue from Starling Travel

Right after this, we bought the Crosstrek and we have adored it, using it for all our camping trips ever since, but the Prius was a great car for camping and it pulled that tent trailer like a trooper.

Here are a couple more shots:

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

The Last Prius Campout at Wasatch State Park from Starling Travel

March 5, 2015

Legoland RVs

When we went to Legoland last year, I snapped some shots of the RVs that they had built in their Legoland towns.

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

Legoland RVs from Starling Travel

LEGO Friends 3184 Adventure Camper at Amazon.comIf you would like to make some campers like this with Legos, they have made some sets:

We might not be able to own the RV of our dreams, but we can build one from Legos!

March 2, 2015

The Stratosphere at Sunset

Filed under: Nevada,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 9:18 am

I ran the Color Run in Las Vegas last weekend. While we were driving to pick up my race packet, the sunset was amazing.

The Stratosphere at Sunset from Starling Travel

I took this photo from the Boulder Highway near Flamingo. It was a beautiful evening and I just had to share it. Sometimes travel shocks us into joy because we see the same sunset that we would see at home with a different skyline.

February 24, 2015

Las Vegas Silhouette

Filed under: Nevada,Photos,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 2:07 pm

I took this photo last August on our anniversary trip to Las Vegas. I have NO idea where I was standing when I took the photo, but I adore how it turned out.

Las Vegas Silhouette from Starling Travel

Sometimes when I feel like I need a vacation, I pull up my old photos and look at them, remembering my good times. It’s usually just barely enough for me to get back to work and perhaps plan a trip in the future.

December 27, 2014

Time Lapse of Yellowstone National Park

Filed under: Places To Visit,Wyoming — Laura Moncur @ 8:33 am

This time lapse video of Yellowstone is STUNNING!

I love the view of Grand Prismatic Springs from above because it’s so hard to get there on your own. When you see it, it’s usually from the bottom, where you can’t see the whole thing. It looks so good and makes me miss Yellowstone.

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