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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).



National Forest campgrounds alternatives to most popular National Parks

In 2009, the New York Times TRAVEL Section published an article by Jame Margolies titled The Last-Minute Guide to Summer Camping? We contributed to that article.  Since it seems everyone is looking for the best camping experience, I thought I’d publish a shorten version of Ms. Margolies’s  article. Yosemite National Park is surrounded by Inyo,   Read More >>

Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials are those things you feel are critical to a successful camping.  Here are mine: Permits/confirmations for whatever you do – when needed.  (Backpackers in California will want to obtain a campfire permit from any of the national forests in the state.) First Aid kit – Either one like this with everything in it   Read More >>

Another surprise found on the road

One thing I enjoy about traveling around the country is discovering stuff.  I love the surprises found in new places. Here’s a waterfall we happened upon when the campground we wanted to stay at was full.  We opted for a County campground down the road and was delighted with the campground and all, like this   Read More >>

Tips for taking better cellphone photographs

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 takes super photographs and there is no way I   Read More >>

Tips for traveling safe with pets

Never leave pet alone in a parked car. Pack a pet traveling kit that includes travel papers, food, a bowl, a leash, a pooper scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, a pet fist-aid kit and favorite toy. And, pack plenty of water. Keep pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier that’s large   Read More >>

Camping on a shoestring

The summer camping season is just beginning.  It is time to enjoy a Mother nature.  But  alittle short on cash and camping equipment? Never fear, here are some suggestions: Tent – You could borrow a tent from a friend or use the back seat of your car but think about these two alternatives: buy an   Read More >>

Five Reasons you should go camping

Here are five reasons to go camping – You’ll be totally unplugged. There’s no such thing as cell phone towers in the middle of nowhere. Research suggests too much technology may lead to increased feeling of anxiety and poor sleep. Responding to the beep or blinking light of technology crowds out real connections with our   Read More >>

Tips for buying a motorhome

We have invested a lot of time and money into our “little” motorhome. Here are some things I’ve leaned to look for when shopping for my next RV: – Check that the bathroom sink does not drain into the black water tank. It should go to the gray water tank. Don’t expect the salesperson to   Read More >>

Managing Increasing Gas Prices

Gasoline continues to be less than $2.50 in my corner of the country but I know other locations aren’t as fortune.  The following piece was first published June 1, 2009.  Even though the price of gas isn’t as high, the suggestions, tips, and advice provide still holds true. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Whether you drive a motorhome, truck,   Read More >>

In my pantry is –

The RV is parked in front of the house and loading begun. Our annual conversion from stationary home-based residents to mobile full-time RVers has begun. Fred and I may debate over what clothes to bring but there is no debate when it comes to pantry. We have learned, while there are grocery stores everywhere, not   Read More >>

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