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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:

August 30, 2015

Dixie’s Camp-R-Tow: Rent A Glamper

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 12:53 pm

At the Enterprise CornFest yesterday, I saw the cutest campers for rent.

This company is located in Southern Utah, close to Zion’s Park, so you can rent a camper to take into the National Park.

Let me show you Betty and Peggy, two of their vintage campers: (Continue Reading…)

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.

Read on for more: (Continue Reading…)

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 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

February 18, 2014

Towing with the Subaru XV Crosstrek

Filed under: Camping,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 11:20 am

We just got back from a lovely trip down to Sand Hollow State Park in Southern Utah, just outside of Zion’s National Park. It was the first time we have camped with our trailer since we bought the Subaru XV Crosstrek and I have to say that towing with that car is a dream.

Towing with the Subaru XV Crosstrek from Starling Travel

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January 14, 2014

Daybreak and Oquirrh Lake in Winter 2014

Filed under: Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 3:01 pm

I’ve talked before about Oquirrh Lake and how beautiful it is. Here is a walking video that goes past the lake from Starling Fitness:

The next time you’re feeling trapped and want to escape, take a few minutes and watch this video. You’ll be transported to a Utah wintery walk and return to your life refreshed and a little chilly.

October 20, 2013

Goblin Valley Vandalism

Filed under: Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 7:04 am

I am DISGUSTED at this video of boy scout leaders toppling a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park.

The guy filming the video is David Hall. He’s the one who sings, “wiggle it just a little bit.” He’s also the guy who laughs, saying, “We have modified Goblin Valley!” Here is his Facebook Page:

The man who actually pushed over the rock is Glenn Taylor. Here is his Facebook Page:

He’s the owner of NoBounds IT.

Here is the Wikipedia definition of a goblin:

The unusual stone shapes in Goblin Valley result from the weathering of Entrada Sandstone. They consist of debris eroded from former highlands and redeposited on a former tidal flat of alternating layers of sandstone, siltstone and shale. The rocks show evidence of being near an ancient sea with the ebb and flow of tides, tidal channels that directed currents back to the sea and coastal sand dunes.

Joint or fracture patterns within the Entrada’s sandstone beds created initial zones of weakness. The unweathered joints intersected to form sharp edges and corners with greater surface-area-to-volume ratios than the faces. As a result, the edges weathered more quickly, producing the spherical-shaped ‘goblins’.

The rock formations are estimated to be around 170 million years old.

Those “leaders” destroyed 170 MILLION YEARS of history. The Emery County Attorney, David Blackwell, is deciding whether to press charges against them. I’ve written an email to the David Blackwell:

Dear Mr. Blackwell,

I just saw the video of the Goblin Valley vandalism performed by Glenn Taylor and the two other boy scout participants. Over the years, I’ve seen MANY hooligans like this destroy our national parks and monuments. PLEASE make an example of these guys. If you have any ability to press charges against them, please do so. I am so sick of people like this destroying our public lands.

You can email him as well: bwell@co.emery.ut.us

Here is a video of them trying to justify this behavior:

Don’t let these guys get away with this sort of behavior. It’s not their place to decide if a rock is going to topple. It’s NATURE’S place to decide (and the state park employees in charge of that park). When vandalism like this is allowed in our public lands, then what are we saving them for?

Update 12-15-13: Goblin topplers may spur new law against wilderness vandalism | The Salt Lake Tribune

Via: Fox 13 News – Man who toppled rock formation at Goblin Valley says formation was dangerous

May 30, 2013

Mello Mike’s Southern Utah Adventure

Filed under: Arizona,Camping,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 4:17 pm

Mello Mike went to Southern Utah in his truck camper and had a great time. You can read the introduction here:

My favorite photo is of his boondocking spot in the Valley of the Gods:

Mello Mike's Southern UT Adventure from Starling Travel

Check out his website and enjoy the beautiful photography!

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