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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.

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 >>

Help getting correct temperature

Acheiving the correct temperature when cooking is a challenge for any camp cook. Whether it’s the interial temperature of a chunk of meat or the temperature need to actually cook that chunk of meat, practise makes perfect.  However, here’s an aid to getting the correct temperature when cooking in your Dutch Oven(also works for cast iron   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 >>

Sandboarding on the Oregon Dunes

While at a overlook in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a caravan arrived and out climbed a hoard of young people.  Their plan was to hike about a mile to the “really big” dunes and sandboard to the water’s edge.  From our explorations Fred and I knew there were some pretty tall dunes (they   Read More >>

Camping in Fall Foliage

About ten days ago we were surrounded by the shimmering gold of Aspen under a sky of azure blue. Fall had arrived to the mountains of Colorado.   And people why we love to camp.

Original Chex Party Mix – always a hit

Been making Chex Party Mix since the 60’s.  Back then it was made in the oven (microwaves hadn’t been invented yet!).  It is faster in a microwave, and the finished product is okay, but occasionally I’ll go back to my in-the-oven version.  Also, I’ve been know to toss in some dried fruit or chocolate chips.   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. 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 stay at Gooseberry Lake Campground in Fishlake National   Read More >>

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