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The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide web pages are loaded with tons of information about some 2,400 developed Forest Service campgrounds but there is more to experience than just the trees. The following articles provided here cover a little of what isn’t said. Most of the articles answer questions asked and fall into broad categories. These articles are intended to make the best of your time in a national forest and grassland memorable, safe, and great.

Please check back on a periodic basis as new articles will be added periodically (to the top of the list).



Thanksgiving and RVing can work

I remember our first Thanksgiving as full-time RVers.  It was a little exciting, completely new, and very scary.  We were camped in Salt Springs campground in the Ocala National Forest (FL) and surrounded by hoards of families.  It became apparent very quickly, these families knew what they were doing.  It wasn’t there first time at   Read More >>

Grizzly Bear populations are increasing

It has been documented – Grizzly bear populations in national parks are increasing.  As their numbers increase, they need more territory and are looking beyond national park’s borders.  Interactions and conflicts between bears and humans are and will continue to increase.  This means, in national forests, campers must be alert and more careful.  Part of   Read More >>

A Suislaw NF bonus – Berries!

A bonus to camping in a Suislaw NF’s coastal campgrounds in the Fall was the bounty of berries we found there.  The blackberries were fat and juicy.  The Evergreen huckleberries were small, bordering on tiny, and plentiful.  It took a lot of these little purple gems to carry the flavor through pancake.  Remember to toss   Read More >>

Backing up an RV

Fred and I have been doing this RV-lifestyle for a long while.  There is a lot to love about it but, to be honest, there are a few things we are still working on.  One major issue is our communication when backing up the rig.  One major component to this backing up thing is trust   Read More >>

Halloween goodies for Grand-babies

I’m basically a scaredy-cat.  I once would cover my eyes for scarey scenes in movies but now I avoid scarey stuff altogether.  So you would think Halloween wouldn’t be a favorite holiday but I since I have grand-babies, I really enjoy it. Although I can’t be there when my grand-babies get dressed up for their   Read More >>

Original Chex Party Mix – always a hit

Been making Chex Party Mix since the 60’s.  Back then it was made in the oven (microwaves hadn’t been invented yet!).  It is faster in a microwave, and the finished product is okay, but occasionally I’ll go back to my in-the-oven version.  Also, I’ve been know to toss in some dried fruit or chocolate chips.   Read More >>

Don’t be a headline this winter

Headline from last winter: Family in their recreational vehicle rescued from Oregon’s snow-covered wilderness There are lessons to be learned. Lesson 1 – Check the weather forecast. Storms can surprise even the most experienced. A weather radio is essential to any traveler. I remember enjoying a delightful stay at Gooseberry Lake Campground in Fishlake National   Read More >>

Safe Wildlife Viewing Tips

Watching elk bed down for the night in an open field, a deer leaping gracefully over a downed tree or bears next to the road munching dandelions. These are some of the memorable wildlife encounters found in a national forest. Little wonder wildlife viewing is one of the top reason folks visit national forests and   Read More >>

Noteworthy Bonito Campground, Coconino NF (AZ)

One of the best things about our U.S. National Forest Campground Guide effort is discovering special little places like Bonito campground in the Coconino National Forest (AZ). Located in the shadows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the San Francisco Mountain range, 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Bonito is both a great overnight   Read More >>

Hickory – Special tree – Special nut

A great thing about our work is meeting so many great people and being exposed to their special interests.  Years ago we met a man who enjoyed wood-carving.  A favorite medium for him was the nuts of hickory trees.  Through him we have learned more about hickory trees. Did you know hickory trees once grow   Read More >>

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