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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.

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 >>

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 >>

A Manly Steak Sandwich

The Pioneer Woman blog (you may have seen a program by the same name on the Food Channel) has an assortment of topics and articles tabs.  My favorite topic tab is for her recipes.  One of those recipes is Marlboro Man Sandwich and it has to be tried! First, it uses cube steak which almost   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 >>

Life is Good

Don’t get me wrong; I like my motorhome.  I love the convenience and comforts a motorhome affords me.  I realize there is no way Fred and I could do our work and keep going if not for our motorhome.  However, when I see something like this campsite, I almost wish I could trade places. The   Read More >>

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Fred and Suzi Dow