Starling Travel

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!

March 18, 2015

Trailorboat Sighting

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:32 am

I’ve talked about the brilliant design of the Trailorboat before here:

In August of 2013, I was actually able to see one in person in West Valley, Utah. It was part of a beautiful rig.

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

Trailorboat Sighting August 2013 from Starling Travel

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 16, 2015

Barbie and Ken Go Camping

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 10:11 am

Sometimes when it’s winter or when I’m trapped at home, I take my Barbies camping.

Barbie and Ken Go Camping from Starling Travel

It’s not enough for me, but it does take the edge off a tad. I’ve never in my life found a real life camper as good as my old Barbie Star Traveler. The adventures I have in real life are never as grand as those I had in the backyard.

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 7, 2015

A Wish to Carry My Home on My Back

Filed under: Camping,Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers,Tents — Laura Moncur @ 1:49 pm

I took this photo on one of my walks with my dog.

A Wish to Carry My Home on My Back from Starling Travel

This snail represents everything I love about camping with our little tent trailer. I love that I can carry my house on my back. My bed smells like me. I can cook myself some yummy food for dinner. It all feels so familiar because we have slept so many times in that tiny trailer. There is something so comforting about carrying my home on my back. That’s why I love traveling with a camper.

Towing with the Subaru XV Crosstrek from Starling Travel

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

« Previous Page« Previous Entries - Next Entries »Next Page »

Powered by WordPress
(c) 2005 Michael Moncur, Laura Moncur, and Starling Studios