Here's the quick and dirty: Started out in Huntington Beach,CA--love the water! Did most of my growing up in Montana--love the mountains! The Marine Corps happened...Ooh-Rah! College happened...Go Montana State Bobcats! Life happened. And now I'll get to retire in a just a few years.
My uncle taught me the joys of camping and having fun adventures; my first awesome experience was a 3 week camp-out in the hills south of Salmon, Idaho, when I was 7 yrs old. It's only been very recent that I've discovered the joys of sleeping "inside" while hanging out with the mother nature. I chose my little camper to provide a little security while still being able to sneak back into some out of the way spots. I mostly camp alone, and I like being able to shut the door at night.
I love to visit and share stories around a camp fire. My dog, Jack, goes with me everywhere. He's a big, guy. You're sure to like him.
I'm a DIY'er and always eager to hear how others have figured things out, but I may have a trick or two to share depending on what we talk about. Guess I've dabbled here and there but really haven't mastered much!
Jack! -- A gigantic brindle boxer and King of everything!
Random forest roads in the White Mountains near Big Lake, Bartlett Lake, KOFA. I'm always looking for a good spot!
I grew up in a small town in Montana. I've lived in Arizona for 19 years (Mesa and currently, Phoenix)
Trailer: 2014 Aliner Classic aka "Marabelle Starr" Tow vehicle: Ford Escape aka "Chigger" Photo: Single Tree C.G. near Torrey, Utah August 2016
Marabelle Star was so welcoming and kind and the spot she offers was really great. We absolutely loved our stay!
We stayed recently for two nights and enjoyed exploring Phoenix within a short drive to the Arts District murals and Camelback Mountain hike. Kris and Mama Mary were so genuine and delightful to meet - we even had a lovely chat one night for a few hours! The neighbourhood was quiet so we slept well and within walking distance to supermarket. Highly recommend!
We stayed three nights at this location. There is a little bit traffic in this peaceful neighborhood. Kris (the host) and her mother Mary are very welcoming and friendly. We visit Phoenix by public transport, it is a just a 5 minute walk to the bus. Also a visit by car to the desert botanical garden is easy.
We had a nice talk about traveling in the USA and about the Netherlands. We highly recommend a stay here.
What a great host and great spot! Marbelle Starr was very welcoming and we loved the note on the garage door! Close to downtown Phoenix. The library in Scottsdale was one of the nicest libraries we have been to. We wished we had more time to get to know our host! Thank you so much!
Super friendly and easy going! In such a great area as well! Wish we could have stayed longer to get to know Kris more!
My stay in the suburbs of Phoenix was nice and care free. My host gave me great insights on where to stay next even written down directions so I won't get lost. She also took great care of my 2 moyen poodles while I was enjoying the art museum and restaurants downtown. I would stay here again!!
My dashboard is telling me I haven't left a review for Kris, and while I can see it on her profile, I'll go ahead and post again. The stay was perfect! Scroll down to read my original review!
This parking spot was perfect for our little Class B! Just the right size and level.
Our host was so enthusiastic for those already living her dream and it was a pleasure to further inspire her goals :)
She also shared her beautiful backyard with us and our cats - she says it’s a work in progress but it was the perfect spot to relax and chat.
Her pup is adorable and full of love and cuddles for anyone who will receive it :)
Our host shared with us her camping experiences in the area which we later explored further on our journey - they were wonderful!
Thank you so much for the awesome visit - hope to stay with you again on future travels!
I can not say enough about how wonderful this experience was. From the time I got there until the time I left, it felt like I was visiting friends vs. being hosted for the night.
Kris and her mother were both very pleasant to chat with and very helpful with directions and suggestions for other places. I couldn't have dreamed of a better place to stay.
Lucy and Jack seemed to hit it off very well too. Kris sent me some incredible pictures of them playing in the back yard.
She let Lucy stay with them while I did some shopping and ran a couple errands getting ready for the next day of driving.
It was great for Lucy and for me!
I hope that one day our paths will cross again. I could not have asked for a better experience. It definitely gave me a different view of Phoenix than when I was there years ago.
Thank you Kris, Mary and Jack! You are each awesome in your own ways! I will never forget the time we spent together!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness!
Was invited to come down a day early because I had business very early in the morning next day. So kind. Met K’s Mom. Just the nicest people Thank you thank you.
Come stay here! This host is super cool, very kind, has a wonderful dog, and is fun to talk to. I had a wonderful stay :)
We stayed with Kris on January 13 & 14, and have nothing but great things to say. From the initial communication, to the great directions, to arriving and finding an awesome welcome note and treats for our dogs - everything was perfect.
Kris invited our dogs to spend some time in her large fenced yard and play with her dog! When we had plans to spend the day out exploring, she offered to keep an eye on the dogs. This is so generous and for all of us traveling with pets, it is a blessing to have someone care about them as much as we do!
During our stay we had the pleasure of meeting Kris's mom, Mary, who was visiting from Montana for the winter. We all spent hours sitting around the yard chatting and sharing stories. We are most grateful for this experience and look forward to keep in touch with our gracious hosts!