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April 23, 2015

Discover Real Travel Adventure!

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 7:18 am

I found this advertisement in the April 1970 National Geographic.

Airstream Ad from National Geographic 04-1970 from Starling Travel

It reads:

Discover Real Travel Adventure!

Want to visit exciting new places? Or maybe you’d prefer sunbathing in Florida or relaxing beside some inviting stream? Perhaps you know a road somewhere you’d like to follow to the end. It’s all the same with an Airstream Land Yacht… good beds, bathroom, hot and cold water, refrigeration, heat and light independent of outside sources wherever you go – for a night, a week, or a month, Airstream Land Yachting means real travel independence – no time-tables, tickets, packing. You just tow your Airstream lightly behind your car and follow your travel whims wherever they urge you to go. Yes, it’s the exciting, better way to travel anywhere in the world. For extra fun join a Wally Byam Caravan.

write for free new color catalog – Thrilling as a world cruise.

That is exactly what I love about camping in my tent trailer. I don’t have that bathroom or refrigeration, but I do have that freedom. There are so many campgrounds with hookups that I feel as if I can travel anywhere with my camper.

Before I read this ad fully, I had never heard of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, but apparently they are still around:

They have many rallies where they get together. In my region alone, there are four rallies planned this summer. I’m seriously impressed that they are still around and getting together. Unfortunately, I would have to buy a $40K camper to join them, but I am encouraged that they are still around.

April 17, 2015

Pinterest Firestarter EPIC FAIL

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:50 am

Several months ago, I found this pin from how to light a fire | Over The Big Moon

Firestarter Pin from Over the Big Moon

I thought it was a really good idea, so I had been saving up my garbage so I could make these cool fire starters. On my birthday, last week, we had a lovely fire in my backyard fire pit.

Unfortunately, those fire starters performed less than admirably. They LITERALLY repelled the fire. Click on the picture to see it full-sized:

Firestarter Pinterest EPIC FAIL from Starling Travel

You can see that the fire was raging. You can see that one of the logs was down to coals, but those fire starters refused to burn. They sat in the conflagration unscathed like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

From now on the dryer lint and toilet paper rolls are going in the garbage where they belong…

April 10, 2015

Larry’s Antiques in Cottonwood, Arizona

Filed under: Alabama,Places To Visit,Shopping,Tourist Attractions — Laura Moncur @ 11:24 am

Nothing says road-tripping like an amazing antique store and Larry’s Antiques fits the bill! I visited there last weekend and it was a blast!

Larry's Antiques in Cottonwood AZ from Starling Travel

Check out all the cool stuff I saw and the zen moment I had after the break: (Continue Reading…)

April 9, 2015

One Trailer to Rule Them All

Filed under: Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:47 am

When we stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park last weekend, I saw this awesome teardrop trailer. The owners were leaving when I walked past, but they were willing to take a few minutes to quickly show it to me.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

I asked what the writing on the bumper meant. It looked strangely familiar and I felt like I lost a few geek cred points when she said, “It reads, ‘One Trailer to Rule Them All.’” Also, their license plate read, “Gamgee.” That’s the last name of Sam Gamgee, played by Sean Astin, one of the hobbits who took the ring to Rivendell.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

The hatch opens up a galley in the back, like most teardrop trailers.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

The bottom sides open up and reveal the cooler and the rest of the galley. Brilliant design!

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

It was such a good looking teardrop, I really wished I had seen them BEFORE they were trying to leave so we could have talked more.

One Trailer To Rule Them All from Starling Travel

I’m so grateful that she gave me a quick tour before they had to head out! Safe Travels, my precious!

April 8, 2015

Dead Horse Ranch Arizona State Park

Filed under: Arizona,Camping,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 8:50 am

For the first time, we stayed in Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. I love the Arizona State Parks. They are so organized. I love the emails I get about a week before the trip, reminding me of my visit.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Reminder Email from Starling Travel

We stayed in the Red-Tail Hawk Campground for the Popup Portal Rally.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Red-Tail Hawk Campground from Starling Travel

Our site was number 51 and it faced perfectly so that the afternoon sun was shaded by our camper.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Site 51 from Starling Travel

Here is a shot of site 57. The sunsets are beautiful here.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Site 57 from Starling Travel

Each site has a fire pit and some of them have BBQs as well. The camp hosts sell firewood.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Firewood for Sale from Starling Travel

While we were there, the campground was very windy. We had to take down our awning and thank goodness for the Martha Stewart grommet and bungee cord trick or our tablecloth would have flown away.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Windy from Starling Travel

There was a nice playground over by the lakes and my boy liked the swings a lot.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park AZ Playground from Starling Travel

It was a great place to stay and it was so close to Cottonwood and Jerome, so we were able to look at the shops and you could even taste the wines at the wineries in the area. Thank you for such a lovely weekend, Arizona!

April 7, 2015

The Tangerine Turtle Tour

Filed under: Arizona,Camping,Places To Visit,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 1:37 pm

I’ve finally done it. I’m finally done with my camper. My 1993 Jayco Eagle 8 has been rechristened The Tangerine Turtle.

The Tangerine Turtle from Starling Travel

Here is a video tour:

You can see some photos after the break: (Continue Reading…)

March 31, 2015

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 1:29 pm

When I was registering the Jayco Tent Trailer way back when, I saw this GMC motorhome in the parking lot at the DMV. Even though I had just gotten what would be the best camper I have ever owned, I still salivated over what I consider my dream motorhome.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

This is very much like my childhood toy, the Barbie Star Traveler. I had many dreams of traveling in a motorhome that looked like this, but bright, bright yellow.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

It is nearly four years later and I still adore this motorhome, even though I love my tent camper with just as much adoration.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

In the end, I can’t own ALL the campers. I have to choose one and the tent camper works best for us. The GMC Barbie Star Traveler will have to stay a childhood fantasy.

Beautiful GMC Motorhome April 2011

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 19, 2015

Popup Camper Modifications

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 12:02 pm

I liked these videos showing the modifications these folks made to their tent trailer. This is the first video with the easy modifications.

These mods from the same people are a little more intense, but the bike rack is a stroke of genius!

I have made so many little modifications to our camper, but I’ve never thought of putting all of them on video. Great ideas here!

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