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Suzi’s Blog

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.

Back home

In some ways it feels like we have been gone for years.  But on the other hand, didn’t we just leave? We didn’t do as much this year as in the past but it was a full and busy five months.  There were an unusual number of problems.  From flat tires and broken starters to   Read More >>

Looking for wildlife

  You probably won’t see lions or bears during a camping trip.  Maybe you’ll see a deer or egret.  And there is a good chance you’ll spy a squirrel or crow.  But do you ever look for critters with six legs and delicate wings?  Some can be a little yucky but each is interesting.  Here   Read More >>

Ultralight backpack camping

Reading through the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, I discovered a new, at least new to me, style of backpack camping – Ultralight.  From what I read using Ultralight guidelines one can reduce a 25 pounds pack to nine or less.   A few of the suggestions in the article were to switch one’s standard toothbrush to   Read More >>

Beartooth Scenic Byway’s tundra

You don’t have to go all the way to the northern reaches of Canada to experience tundra.  This is a photo of the tundra at the top the Beartooth Scenic Byway, US Hwy 212.  I shot this sensitive place of earth in profile so you can see just have shallow the soil is and how   Read More >>

Plan is to eliminate more bison

Last year, Yellowstone National Park came under fire when they trapped and sent to slaughter some 300 of the Park’s bison.  The total number of wild bison “removed” from the Park was actually 640.  It was thought, this number plus those bison that would fall to winterkill and predators (mainly wolves) would reduce the bison   Read More >>

Can you identify a Lodgepole pine

If you spend any time in the forests west of the Mississippi River, you will see Lodgepole pines. I don’t think it is a pretty tree.  It is one of the first trees to grow in burn area.  As a matter of fact, the Lodgepole needs fire to open its tight pine cone so it   Read More >>

Hickory nut craft

  It seemed like every campground in the Mark Twain National Forest had at least one hickory tree.  I think many were pignut hickory but they could have been any of the other ten species found in North America.  No matter the species, the hickory is a tough nut to crack.  In the above photo   Read More >>

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