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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.

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 >>

Dealing with a trail in the grasslands

How they deal with a hiking trail in a national grassland with intersecting a barbwire fences – up and over. Hikers in one of the twenty national grassland must share their trail with the cattle that graze on the grass in allotments purchased by ranchers.  No one wants cattle wandering in places they shouldn’t go   Read More >>

Safe Wildlife Viewing Tips

Watching elk bed down for the night in an open field, a deer leaping gracefully over a downed tree or bears next to the road munching dandelions. These are some of the memorable wildlife encounters found in a national forest. Little wonder wildlife viewing is one of the top reason folks visit national forests and   Read More >>

Words of wisdom from trees

  Everything I need to know I learned from trees: It’s important to have roots. In today’s complex world, it pays to branch out. Don’t pin away over old flames. If you really believe in something, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. Be flexible so you don’t break when a harsh wind   Read More >>

After a forest fire

Did a favorite forest suffer a wildfire this year.  It was an especially bad year for our national forests.  The destruction is awful but it is part of a forest’s natural cycle.  In the next few years, visit your forest and that favorite spot and you’ll see a rebirth.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Look for   Read More >>

BYOB and annoy an oil man

As we travel across the country, more and more places are sellinging re-useable bags.  Makes good sense, especially if the merchant’s bag has something to promote their business.  Here’s a posting from 2008 on the topic of re-useable bags and  For years I have embarrassed my children and husband by practicing BYOB (a.k.a. Bring Your   Read More >>

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