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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.

Exploding Rocks

Speaking of signs (see 5/7/14 Blog), here’s one from the ladies bathroom at Mesa Campground in the Gila National Forest. And yes, rocks collected from around nearby Lake Roberts will explode when “cooked” a campfire. Why? Unknown, need to research further. Could rocks from other location explode? Maybe, and until I know the “why,” I’m   Read More >>

FMCA Rally continues

Here are some of the things we did at the FMCA Rally: Dani, our Golden Retrieve, got an Honorable Mention as a “Crowd Pleasers” in the Rally’s Pet Parade. Nobody noticed Ralf but he knows he is still my boy. Friday was the “Chapters Fair” were representatives from all the chapters promote themselves. Some took   Read More >>

Another picnic, another great view

One of my favorite things about doing what we do is we get to enjoy picnic lunches is some of the most beautiful spots. Here’s our view of the Gila Wilderness from Leopold Vista and Picnic Area off US 180.  Mt. Sheridan (8,267 ft) is in the center of first photo with the white slash   Read More >>

From our Archives – Back in the swing of things

From the Archives – Names may change but the pleasure repeats. June 8, 2006 – After completing our resurvey work in theBitterroot National Forest, we moved on to a couple of days in the Clearwater National Forest. Same assignment – resurvey campgrounds done some eight years ago. The two forests are basically separated by a   Read More >>

Another week on the road

Dani’s mode of travel. Note she does have on a harness so if, there are any sudden movement, she is safe. Gas prices continue to increase.  $3.49 in Arizona and $3.89 in New Mexico. One must be always be alert when traveling on a rural roads. Our campsite at Mesa campground in the Gila National   Read More >>

Tips for using less water when camping

It doesn’t matter were you camp, desert and tropical landscape, water conservation is a way of life for campers.  Here are some ways we stretch our water: *  Steam instead of boiling vegetables when possible.  Steaming requires less water and leaves more nutrients. *  Rinse produce in a basin of water and not under a   Read More >>

Butch Cassidy’s haunts near Hwy 191

Robert LeRoy, a.k.a. Butch Cassidy, of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid fame, may have been Utah’s first wilderness guide.  His outlaw life as a rustler and bank robber kept him on the move and spending time in a number of magnificent, isolated wilderness locations throughout national forest in Utah. Castle Gate, near Price, is now   Read More >>

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