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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.

Separation between humans and mother nature is growing

Started re-reading American Canopy.  In the introduction, Eric Rutkow, the author, states; “Over the years, technology has obscured the vital role that trees have played in shaping society. . .  This separation from nature makes it easy to forget just how important trees are to our lives today.  Each year, the average American consumes roughly   Read More >>

Fat Boy’s Cake from Elk X-ing Cafe

  One of the bests parts of being on the road is discovering these little surprises such as the Elk X-ing Cafe in Mimbress, NM.  Sandy, the cook and owner, spends her summers on a commercial fishing vessel up in Alaska and the rest of the year running this little cafe.  A delightful person, she   Read More >>

Pretty country for a flat tire

We had scheduled a long day of driving after leaving the FMCA Rally in Farmington, NM.  But Murphy had other plans. During our departure check, we discovered one of the Suzuki’s tail-lights wasn’t working.  After about 30 minutes of troubleshooting we realized we have a broken prong on the motorhome-car connector.  Need a new connector   Read More >>

Laundry on the road

While on the road, when you have some laundry to do but not enough to visit a Laundromat, try this: Fill a dishpan or bowl about half full with some warm water and a dash of soap. Add a few articles of clothing. Submerge all the clothes in the water, making sure everything is wet.   Read More >>

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 >>

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