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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.

Travel Activity Notebook

Have an Activity Binder for each child.  You’ll need: Get a 3-ring binder, a package of plastic sleeves, and at least one pencil “pocket.” You might also want: – some paper clips or clothes pins (used to hold paper to binder’s cover; – some paper towels or a cloth to wipe plastic sleeves clean; –   Read More >>

National Forest campgrounds alternatives to most popular National Parks

In 2009, the New York Times TRAVEL Section published an article by Jame Margolies titled The Last-Minute Guide to Summer Camping? We contributed to that article.  Since it seems everyone is looking for the best camping experience, I thought I’d publish a shorten version of Ms. Margolies’s  article. Yosemite National Park is surrounded by Inyo,   Read More >>

Camp style vanilla pudding

A family favorite around our campsite has always been instant pudding.  It has always been made by the children. You see, I have long felt, the cook is on vacation, too, so others need to pitch-in.  This pudding is easy enough Dad, as well as toddlers, can make. Afraid you might not have enough milk   Read More >>

Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials are those things you feel are critical to a successful camping.  Here are mine: Permits/confirmations for whatever you do – when needed.  (Backpackers in California will want to obtain a campfire permit from any of the national forests in the state.) First Aid kit – Either one like this with everything in it   Read More >>

Lemonade recipe for one or more

Water may be best but I do enjoy a nice tall lemonade on a sunny day.  Heck, I enjoy a glass of lemonade on cold, cloudy days.  There is something about this beverage that just reminds of a summer.  But when you live in a 31-foot motorhome with a refrigerator about twice as big as   Read More >>

Another surprise found on the road

One thing I enjoy about traveling around the country is discovering stuff.  I love the surprises found in new places. Here’s a waterfall we happened upon when the campground we wanted to stay at was full.  We opted for a County campground down the road and was delighted with the campground and all, like this   Read More >>

Camping on a shoestring

The summer camping season is just beginning.  It is time to enjoy a Mother nature.  But  alittle short on cash and camping equipment? Never fear, here are some suggestions: Tent – You could borrow a tent from a friend or use the back seat of your car but think about these two alternatives: buy an   Read More >>

Five Reasons you should go camping

Here are five reasons to go camping – You’ll be totally unplugged. There’s no such thing as cell phone towers in the middle of nowhere. Research suggests too much technology may lead to increased feeling of anxiety and poor sleep. Responding to the beep or blinking light of technology crowds out real connections with our   Read More >>

Tips for buying a motorhome

We have invested a lot of time and money into our “little” motorhome. Here are some things I’ve leaned to look for when shopping for my next RV: – Check that the bathroom sink does not drain into the black water tank. It should go to the gray water tank. Don’t expect the salesperson to   Read More >>

Managing Increasing Gas Prices

Gasoline continues to be less than $2.50 in my corner of the country but I know other locations aren’t as fortune.  The following piece was first published June 1, 2009.  Even though the price of gas isn’t as high, the suggestions, tips, and advice provide still holds true. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Whether you drive a motorhome, truck,   Read More >>

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