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Suzi’s Blog

The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide website,, is a wealth of information about developed campgrounds in all 176 national forests and grasslands across the country. It is basically an encyclopedia, straight forward and impersonal. Suzi’s Blog adds a little personal touch to the website with postings about our experiences, adventures, and discoveries along with other postings related to camping, national forests and grasslands, and family fund.

I am Suzi Dow and I hope you will find something interesting, something helpful, something informative, but mostly something that will help you get out and discover our national forests and grasslands.

Game for home, campground, and car

Here’s a twist on the old “I Spy” game (the reliable long trip traveling in the car game) that is good for a rainy camping afternoon or a yucky winter’s day adapted from the No Time for Flash Cards blog. Take a glass or plastic jar and full about 3/4 full with uncooked rice.  Now   Read More >>

Deer Joke

What to you call a deer with no eyes? No-Eye-Deer

Prepared for wintertime travel?

Are you prepared to travel in bad weather to your favorite national forest winter play area? First, collect two large coffee cans, then read Car Survival Kit for a Blizzard.  And stay safe. FYI :  This photograph was taken in Arizona, mid-October!

Shared experiences

Two personal favorites.  Both were written awhile ago by pioneering women who had a good idea of what today’s men are like.  Nice to know through our share experiences somethings just don’t change. From Westering Women – One woman’s “receet” for washing clothes: 1.    bild fire in back yard to het kettle of rain water.   Read More >>

Birds in Snow

It was fun watching Sunday’s football games in the snow, especially from my nice warm livingroom.  But, as winter’s cold settles in, we should remember our many feathered friends.  I think they would appreciate some bread crumbs, or better yet a scattering of bird seeds, and a dish of fresh water as winter’s grip becoming   Read More >>

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Wish you and yours all the best on this Thanksgiving Day.  May your plate be full of your favorite turkey parts, an extra piece pie waiting for you tomorrow, and your road clear all the way.    

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 >>

My latest favorite snack – Nori

My daughter introduced me to a very strange looking food stuff called Nori.  Its looks like a green piece of paper and has the salty taste of the ocean, like if you lick you lips after walking on beach on a windy day.  It is crisp and crunches like a potato chip but melts in   Read More >>

Ski areas galore in national forests

In the USA, there are 122 ski areas in 13 states using a total of 182,095 acres of Forest Service-managed land offering downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities.  How many can you name?  Don’t feel bad if you can only name a handful.  Most Forest Service employees can’t do much better.  Click here for   Read More >>

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