Starling Travel

June 10, 2012

Moncur Epic Journey May 2012: The South and Giant Bugs

Filed under: Arkansas,Camping,Oklahoma,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Growing up in Utah, I was a bug-lovin’ girl. I caught every kind of bug that inhabited our neighborhood. When Mike was a kid, he went so far as to have a fully stocked terrarium with pill bugs (armadillidiidae) and plenty of food for them to eat. The terrarium was such a healthy environment for them, they reproduced. Tons of tiny, white baby pill bugs grew to adulthood under Mike’s care.

So, both of us were fascinated by the lovely variety of insects available in the South. We’ve already talked about the Oklahoma Fireflies on our trip, but the day we left, we were swarmed with a huge variety of butterflies and moths.

The first, we saw at the gas station in Oklahoma right before we left the next morning. I believe it’s a Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus). There was something the matter with him because he could barely fly and let me take a photo of him.

Giant Polyphemus Moth

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June 8, 2012

Moncur Epic Journey May 2012: Gore Landing, Oklahoma

Filed under: Camping,Oklahoma,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Our third day traveling was through the last half of Kansas and into Oklahoma. Since the Salina KOA sounded like road noise all night, we decided that we wanted a more rustic campsite. We decided on Gore Landing.

We found it on the Camp Where app by Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. [iTunes link]. I looked through comments about the site and one of them mentioned that there was no sign for the campground on the main road. They weren’t kidding.

We drove off the main road, following the GPS coordinates and all we could see for miles was corn fields and trees.

Gorel Landing Campground in OK is well hidden

We were certain that all we were going to find at the end of that road was an angry farmer with a shotgun. (Continue Reading…)

March 25, 2009

Catoosa, OK: Blue Whale

Filed under: Amusement Parks,Oklahoma,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Roadside attractions that are free to the public are rare indeed. When they come in the form of a giant blue whale, you’ve hit nirvana!

Blue Whale Water Slide

You can learn more about the Blue Whale here:

Emily Elliott took video of the Blue Whale and shared it on YouTube:

Here is what the Blue Whale looks like from above

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Next time you’re thinking of taking a road trip, try Route 66. The Blue Whale is just one of many niceties that you’ll find along this old road!

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