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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.

Treat your feet well and they’ll take you far!

My dad was in the Army. My childhood seemed to be divide by the wonder of him being home and waiting for him to return. I was my dad’s “Princess” and he always had time for me, helping to do this, explaining how that worked, and answering my unending string of “Why” questions. There were   Read More >>

No Problem Biscuits

It had been a very long, cold and damp day.  Fred started setting up our rig in a downpour while I heated a pot of beef stew for dinner. The beefy aroma filled the trailer with images of drier times. “Hmmm, something smells goods,” Fred said as he entered the cheery warmth of our travel   Read More >>


For years my girlfriends have been raving about the Monsoon season. The general rule of thumb, Monsoon begins in the July 4th week and continues to Labor Day.  First, let me define what I see is a Monsoon? It is more than a rainstorm. It is an event brings change to the constant heat that   Read More >>

Solitude – A precious thing

Anyone who has read some of my “stuff” might conclude my favorite campground or forest feature is solitude. They would be correct. I look for and enjoy solitude when and where I can find it. To me, experiencing solitude can “recharge my batteries” and completely adjust any negative manure going on in my life. While   Read More >>

Before you hit the trail

It may seem counter-intuntive but this is a great time of year to go hiking in a national forest near you.  However, before you hit the trail, make sure you’re prepared These hiking guidelines will help you stay safe and comfortable when you hit the trails. ● Check the weather so you can be prepared   Read More >>

Coffee filters-not just for making coffee

I might be the worse coffee maker in the country.  I like coffee but have never be able to master making a good cup.  However, you will find coffee filters in both my brick and stick house and motorhome.  Here are ten reasons: 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters   Read More >>

Rules for camping

I want a T-shirt with this on the back — Camping Rules: Nap Often Watch the sunset Wake up smiling Sit by the fire Relax and unwind Eat s’mores Make memories Drink a cold one Visit with friends Be grateful for this day

Deer Joke

What to you call a deer with no eyes? No-Eye-Deer

Shared experiences

Two personal favorites.  Both were written awhile ago by pioneering women who had a good idea of what today’s men are like.  Nice to know through our share experiences somethings just don’t change. From Westering Women – One woman’s “receet” for washing clothes: 1.    bild fire in back yard to het kettle of rain water.   Read More >>

Birds in Snow

It was fun watching Sunday’s football games in the snow, especially from my nice warm livingroom.  But, as winter’s cold settles in, we should remember our many feathered friends.  I think they would appreciate some bread crumbs, or better yet a scattering of bird seeds, and a dish of fresh water as winter’s grip becoming   Read More >>

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