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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.

Magnificient Ponderosa pine

There are few trees, IMHO, more beautiful than the Ponderosa pine. I have read the Ponderosa pine outlines the “real” American West. If you’re driving through the high desert of the Southwest, the towering mountains of Colorado, or watching an old episode of Bonanza on tv, the tree youare most likely seeing is the Ponderosa   Read More >>

Lovin’ Corinth cg

I met a man at the Louisville KOA who stays only in KOA Kampgrounds. I asked if he had every tried a national forest campground. He looked at me as if I had a second head and responded, “I need full hook-ups.” As I sit here in my spacious Corinth campground site, I send up   Read More >>

Thoughts on national grasslands

I love national forests but national grasslands are special and unique unto them selves. Maybe it’s because they are so open and vast and empty. They are cris-crossed by barb wire fences so cattle can safely graze on the tall rippling grass, so maybe they aren’t really so open.  And as to empty?  Grasslands are   Read More >>

Winter is beautiful but stay safe

Snow makes everything so beautiful.  White puffy pillows of snow on on trees limbs around a pristine field fresh snow is the stuff of Christmas cards.  It beckons cross-country skiers to children with visions of towering snowman alike.  But all the beauty hids dangers.  Snow and ice on roof-tops can fail and fall suddenly, causing   Read More >>

Crosbyton, TX – Nice Surprise

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – be open to unaspected surprises.  Crosbyton, Texas, with its a little campground with full hook-ups located next to their city park was such a surprise.  We were on our way home.  According to my calculations, it would take several more days.  That was okay   Read More >>

My Essentials Drawer

It maybe deep into January, but our thoughts wander to preparations for this year’s national forest/camping adventures.  Two things I like to do around this time is double check my first aid box and see if anything is missing in my “Essentials” drawer.  What’s an “Essentials” drawer?  Well, everyone has a “Junk Draw” in their   Read More >>

Caddo National Grassland – a well-kept secret

Several years ago Fred and I made a wonderful discovery – West Crockett Lake campground in the Caddo (pronounced Cad-OH) National Grassland (NG). Located in north Texas, above Dallas and on the south side of Red River seems to be pretty much undiscovered.  Developed in the 1930s, Lake Crockett was built to provide the area’s   Read More >>

In the Forest – Keeping dogs safe

We get at least one email a week asking, ” Can I have my dogs in national forests?”  The resounding answer is *YES* but there are things you should do to keep your dog safe.  Here are some tips we have gleamed from our years in national forests and grasslands. Keep your dog leashed.  There   Read More >>

Why the trash?

One afternoon, several years ago, Fred and I took the Bierstadt Trail into the Mount Evans Wilderness in the Arapaho National Forest. We were somewhat surprised by the number of other hikers on the trail but it was a Sunday and the weather pleasant. The trail lead to a tundra area through marshland and dense   Read More >>

Leftover Baked Ham Recipes

The definition of “Eternity” – a baked ham and two people.  I have learned there is a lot of truth in that definition.  The following are some recipes I’ve found and use for what’s left from our Christmas ham or, when on the road, chunks of baked deli ham.  Enjoy. Easy Stromboli Serves 6 1   Read More >>

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