19 Jul

Girl Camper: Episode 41 “The Mountains Made Her Do It: An interview with photographer Mandy Lea.”

My guest this week is photographer Mandy Lea who made headlines when her trailer, a Little Guy Tag named Birdsong, was stolen just a week before she was about to venture out in it as a full time photographer. Her Facebook plea for help finding it went viral with 80K shares. Mandy is here to share the second half of that story and tell us how living life full time in her new Tag is working out. I also share what I learned at Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping in Huntington, West Virginia. We had a great time at ¬†gathering to learn hands on, ask questions of the experts and share tips and tricks.

Photographer Mandy Lea in the photo that went viral on Facebook when her Tag was stolen from her apartment parking lot last April.

Photographer Mandy Lea in the photo that went viral on Facebook when her Tag was stolen from her apartment parking lot last April.

On a photography vacation to the Tetons Mandy realized she wanted to leave her job of ten years and pursue photography full time. She says, "The Mountains Made Me Do It!" I can see why.

On a photography vacation to the Tetons Mandy realized she wanted to leave her job of ten years and pursue photography full time. She says, “The Mountains Made Me Do It!” I can see why.

After purchasing her Tag Mandy had this tattoo done in her trailers color.

After purchasing her Tag Mandy had this tattoo done in her trailers color.

Before her adventures got off the ground, her beloved Aqua Tag was stolen. Although it was recovered her insurance company totaled it. The wait for a new one was months but Little Guy Worldwide, the makers of Tabs and Tags stepped in and custom made this one for her. She named her new trailer Phoenix.

Before her adventures got off the ground, her beloved Aqua Tag was stolen. Although it was recovered, her insurance company totaled it. The wait for a new one was months but Little Guy Worldwide, the makers of Tabs and Tags stepped in and custom made this one for her. She named her new trailer Phoenix.

Tune in to hear where Mandy has been since hitting the road in June.

Tune in to hear where Mandy has been since hitting the road in June.

Here's a hint!

Here’s a hint!

Life brought sadness and joy and Mandy is only remembering the "incredible kindness" of total strangers who shared her post and sent her notes of sympathy and encouragement. She had her tattoo updated with her new trailers color.

Life brought sadness and joy and Mandy is only remembering the “incredible kindness” of total strangers who shared her post and sent her notes of sympathy and encouragement. She had her tattoo updated with her new trailers color.

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Camper College at Setzer's World of Camping was a great success. We really enjoyed the burgers and salads the Setzer's crew made us!

Camper College at Setzer’s World of Camping was a great success. We really enjoyed the burgers and salads the Setzer’s crew made us!

Lynn Butler, owner of Setzer's, introducing her team and showing us a Riverside Retro model sold there.

Lynn Butler, owner of Setzer’s, introducing her team and showing us a Riverside Retro model sold there.

The Setzer's team gave "Towing 101" lessons and Michelle did great!'

The Setzer’s team gave “Towing 101” lessons and Michelle did great!’

The great staff didn't let a little heat and humidity dampen spirits!

The great staff didn’t let a little heat and humidity dampen spirits!

The icing on the cake was that we all stayed the weekend at a nearby campground! Thanks Lynn!

The icing on the cake was that we all stayed the weekend at a nearby campground! Thanks Lynn!

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