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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.

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The Forest Service is seeking public comment on proposed criteria to evaluate activities and facilities allowed at ski areas on Forest Service lands under the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act (SAROEA)of 2011. Most of the 122 ski areas operating on Forest Service lands are authorized by the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986   Read More >>

Cowboy Dinner Tree Steakhouse – good eating

Fred grilled a very nice New York Strip steak for our dinner.  He does have a way with beef but, to be honest, he can’t touch the fantastic dinner we had at the Cowboy Dinner Tree Steakhouse.  The menu is brief.  You make your selection of either a hunk (as in the 26 plus ounce   Read More >>

Fee Free Weekend 11/9 thru 11

The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, November 9-11. The fee waivers – the fourth this year – are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites   Read More >>

Guide to Crumb Crust

I like having a little something sweet after dinner  and a piece of pie is just the thing.  However, when camping, baking a whole two-crust pie just ain’t going to happen.   My solution: Crumb crust in individual serving dishes instead of a shortening based pie crust.  The following are four version I found useful.   Read More >>

Dino Tracks Chart

One thing I didn’t know when we began our US Hwy 191 adventures was that this humble little roadway goes through several dino-rich areas.  There are several dino trackway ( favorites were around Vernal such as the ones in Red Fleet State Park) but I had no idea which dinosaur made them.  Then we found   Read More >>

Jackson Bear

Few towns I have been to are more populated with great art than Jackson, WY.  Everywhere you go, at every turn, where ever you look there are examples of amazing art.  This bear is one of my favorites. Does he have a great face?!?!?!

Dixie at Grand Teton National Park

Dixie, our stuffed rabbit mascot, shares many of our adventures.  Here are some photographs of her time in the Grand Teton National Park.    

Grand Teton Apple Cake

Had a cold snap hit while visiting the Grand Teton National Park and it seemed like a good idea to crank up the old oven to do some baking.   No eggs but I did have a couple of little “lunchbox” size Gala apples.  The results was the following: Grand Teton Apple Cake Serves 9   Read More >>

Zortman, MT – experience gold rush days

About seven miles east of U.S. Hwy 191, and maybe halfway between Lewistown and Malta, MT, is a relic of the gold rush experienced back in the 1880s – the town of Zortman, MT.  With a population of 50 to 65 year round residents, it is pretty (most of the buildings are either old log   Read More >>

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