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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.

And we are off for El Yunque NF!

It has taken us 21 years to make this trip but we are off for our last national forest to visit, research, and survey – El Yunque National Forest in northeast Puerto Rico.  A short drive west of San Juan, El Yunque NF is the only tropical rainforest in the Forest Service’s inventory and the   Read More >>

Tips for a relaxing camping trip

Camping should, by definition, be a relaxing affair.  Whether you like to camp in a tent or recreation vehicle of some type, with or without others, here are some tips to make your next camping trip a pleasantly relaxing time: Pick a destination close to home Turn off the cell phone Leave electronic “toys” at   Read More >>

Tips for camping cooks – 6

Pack your ice chest or freeze according to your meal plan.  Examples:  If spaghetti with sauce is your last meal out, pack at the bottom or back, but keep juice boxes at the top for quick and easy access.  And remember, a tightly packed ice chest will hold the cold longer than one only half   Read More >>

Tips for camping cooks – 5

When heading out for a camping trip, freeze as much as you can; containers of milk, meals, snacks, cheese, juice boxes, whatever.  Zip-lock bags are great for prepared meals since they can be frozen flat and stacked in ice chest.  But don’t forget to label everything.  Avoid round containers as they leave too much empty   Read More >>

Tips for camping cooks – 4

For a sweet and sour Cucumber salad, slice a couple of washed unpeeled cucumber very thin.  Put slices into a container with a lid.  Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp dried dill in a 1-cup measuring cup.  Once sugar is dissolved, pour over the cucumbers in the container.  Seal   Read More >>

Tips for camping cooks – 3

Before leaving home, parboil tough vegetables, like carrots, celery, and beets, and toss into a seal-able container.  Add your salad dressing and marinate them until ready to serve over a bed of torn lettuce leaves.

Tips for camping cooks – 2

Here’s a quick campsite salad idea — Take a bag of store bought shredded carrots and toss with some bottled French dressing.  Toss in a handful of golden raisins for a little extra sweetness and you have a refreshing side dish.  

Tips for camping cooks – 1

Here’s a great idea to eliminate the need to wash plates and flatware – Serve store bought or homemade pasta salad in a leaf of Bibb, Red leaf or Boston lettuce.  

Lots going on on Land Between the Lakes NRA

Currently deer hunting season on going in the Land Between the Lakes NRA (TN & KY) but there is a bunch of other, non-shooting, activities available.  Check their December calendar to see what I mean.  The Homeplace is a personal favorite and that “Civil War Comes to the Homeplace” sounds like a super learning experience.  However,   Read More >>

Visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park

Did you know 75% of all visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park’s south rim stay for an average of four hours!  But visitors to the north rim stay an average of four day. View from one of the North Rim’s overlooks.

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