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Suzi’s Blog

The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide website, www.forestcamping.com, 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 ForestCamping.com 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.



What’s a vault?

Once upon a time we were asked, “What is a “vault? Isn’t it where the Forest Service puts important papers?” A reasonable question for someone unfamiliar with the vocabulary used by the Forest Service. For Fred and I it was the question that demonstrated a need for a glossary of terms to go with our   Read More >>

Shopping for a tent

I think it is official – the 2017 camping season has ended. Retailers have cleared out a lot of their stock, making room to tempt you with 2018 stuff.  A new tent might be a super Holiday gift.  You might even see, as I have, local sporting goods store advertising inexpansive, as in $20, tents.   Read More >>

Good for How Long?

Time to put of old motorhome away for the winter and that means everything must be moved out.  Or does it?  Why can’t I leave some of the kitchen stuff in there?  It will be good for how long? Well, it turns out a lot of my pantry stuff can stay in the motorhome. Like   Read More >>

Halloween our national forests

I love camping in the fall.  The temperatures during the  day are comfortable and at night time a big old fuzzy wool blanket wards of any chilsl.  Campfires seem to blaze more brightly and all th mosquitoes are gone.  While others might feel a camping trip to celebrate Independence Day or Memorial Day is great,   Read More >>

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 >>

Outside Magazine’s: Staff Picks: Our Favorite Public Lands

In the article titled “Staff Picks: Our Favorite Public Lands” some guys at Outside Magazine identified their favs.  Can’t argue with their picks but I found it interesting that all but one fav was national forest. They were New Mexico’s Carson National Forest (NF), Mark Twain NF (MO), Rio Grande NF (CO), Green Mountain NF   Read More >>

Harvesting Forest Bounty

When camping with my children, a favorite activity was harvesting a forest’s bounty.  Now I must pick by myself and harvesting forest bounty continues to be a favorite activity. Blueberries for our breakfast pancakes.  Respberries to top a bowl of vanilla pudding.  Big fat blackberries picked while hiking for a quick snack.  Good eating. Fred   Read More >>

GVWR, GAWR, UVW – What’s it all about?

Alert!  When buying a recreational vehicle (RV), proper attention paid to weights and weight ratings will pay dividends in handling and safety.  A bonus is fewer mechanical problems down the road. Here are some articles to help newbee RV buyers: Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Base Curb Weight, GVW, GVWR, Tongue Weight.  What does it   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 >>

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