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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).



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 when explore national forests in during winter months. 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   Read More >>

Taking good photos using a cellphone

Okay! I admit it. I usually go with the old-fashion way of doing things. However, recently I made an enormous discovery – my cellphone takes pretty good photographs. Imagine not having to shlep my big old camera around with me?!?!? How great is that! My camera still takes super photographs and there is no way   Read More >>

Want a forest experience?

That’s what we were asked by a Forest Service employee the other day. You see, we generally call about a week head to make our appointment with the District folks. Even though we have selected a campground to stay at, Fred or I will ask if there is a campground they would suggest. Generally, the   Read More >>

Giarda – No fun at all

Lyme disease, West Nile disease, and Poison ivy – these are just a few potential dangers you’ll find in the forest. Another problem that is becoming more common – Giardia.  Although more cases are being seen across the country each year, medical staff remain unfamiliar with this nasty intestinal bug.  Hope this articles helps you   Read More >>

What is a National Grassland?

A National Grassland is – The areas designated as “grasslands” were settled in the 1800s under a variety of “Homestead Acts.”  These Acts opened the land to people, generally farmers, and helped to settle the west. Located mainly on the prairies of middle USA, a prolonged drought in the late 1920s into the 1930s caused   Read More >>

Opting for the Scenic Route

Had option of taking I-15 & 90 or MT Rt. 200 from Great Falls to Missoula. Since we have long been advocates for taking the “blue” or state highways, we took the scenic route of MT 200.   It was a little longer and the drive time was increased but still preferred it over the   Read More >>

Care for your boots

I have long held the opinion that one should first invest their money in quality hiking boots.  After investing that much cash in this essential piece of outdoor gear, one should take care of it.  Here are some tips from Dave Page, REI’s go-to person for footwear repairs, and called ”a Veteran Boot Doctor” by   Read More >>

Does size matter?

We receive at least an average of a100 emails every week.  Sometimes our readers ask us for advice in purchasing a recreational vehicle.  The following is one such query. We are considering either a 26′ or 30′ RV in the very near future.  From your travels, could you estimate the number of campsites where a   Read More >>

Checklist for two-month road-trip

We get, on average, 100 emails every week.  Often these messages are asking, based on our experiences, advice for a camping adventure. The following is an example of one such message. QUESTION: Apart from my rig, what equipment do you need on board for a two-month cross-country road trip? Whether you are traveling in a   Read More >>

US Hwy 191 – working on a book

Let’s begin – A couple of years ago, Fred and I drove the entire length of US Hwy 191, both ways.  That means we went from the International Port of Entry in Douglas, AZ all the way to the International Port of Entry at Port Morgan in Montana – some 1,725 miles one way.  It   Read More >>

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