Review: Glamping with Mary Jane

Glamping with Mary Jane by Mary Jane Butters

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Glamping with Mary Jane by Mary Jane Butters

Glamping with Mary Jane, the fun and sassy guide to girl glamping covers everything from trailer glamping to tent glamping and all things glamping in between.  This is a big, beautiful hardback that reads and feels like a combination scrapbook magazine and Mary Jane’s stunning rustic style shines throughout, making it just as visually appealing as it is instructional.   But don’t let all the lace and pearls fool you, this guidebook for girls covers all the gritty basics of buying, restoring, and maintaining a vintage camper.  Mary Jane goes into detail about hitching, towing, and backing up with fun instructional photos, tips, and how-tos.  Covering everything from sewage systems, “trailer trash” to “female urination devices,” Mary Jane gives us loads of advice on handling various kinds of waste on the go as well as the lowdown on feminine hygiene needs.  The book also has instructions on how to winterize your camper, build your own camp furniture, and even how to build your very own “canvas wall tent” in your backyard.   Mary Jane shares practical advice and knowledge about travel and road safety like tools, firearms, how to choose a mechanic, and how to change a tire and engine oil. She’s also got craft tutorials, recipes, cooking tips and much more. 

Cover shot of Mary Jane Butters of MaryJanesFarm Magazine Oct/Nov 2011

Mary Jane Butters dropped out from the forestry program in college and signed on as a lookout on a remote fire tower.  Just a few years later in 1974, she became one of the first female wilderness rangers in the US stationed at the Moose Creek, one of the most remote Service Districts in the lower 48 states.  In 1986, Butters settled down on her organic ranch in Idaho to raise her children and is now an organic farmer, operating Paradise Farms Organic Inc., as well as a magazine, newspaper column, bed & breakfast, and nonprofit.

Glamping with Mary Jane embodies Butter’s self-reliance and rustic creative charm.  It’s sure to be an inspirational and empowering read for the girl glamper in all of us. 

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