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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.

Opting for the Scenic Route

Had option of taking I-15 & 90 or MT Rt. 200 from Great Falls to Missoula. Since we have long been advocates for taking the “blue” or state highways, we took the scenic route of MT 200.   It was a little longer and the drive time was increased but still preferred it over the   Read More >>

Care for your boots

I have long held the opinion that one should first invest their money in quality hiking boots.  After investing that much cash in this essential piece of outdoor gear, one should take care of it.  Here are some tips from Dave Page, REI’s go-to person for footwear repairs, and called ”a Veteran Boot Doctor” by   Read More >>

Does size matter?

We receive at least an average of a100 emails every week.  Sometimes our readers ask us for advice in purchasing a recreational vehicle.  The following is one such query. We are considering either a 26′ or 30′ RV in the very near future.  From your travels, could you estimate the number of campsites where a   Read More >>

Checklist for two-month road-trip

We get, on average, 100 emails every week.  Often these messages are asking, based on our experiences, advice for a camping adventure. The following is an example of one such message. QUESTION: Apart from my rig, what equipment do you need on board for a two-month cross-country road trip? Whether you are traveling in a   Read More >>

August 21, 2017 eclipse

  Folks at the campground we were in drove all the way to Idaho Falls, ID.  That’s more than a three hour drive! Okay, we stayed put and saw a 95% eclipse and we thought that was pretty impressive. Oh well, each to his own.  Hope your eclipse experience was as good as ours.     Read More >>

US Hwy 191 – working on a book

Let’s begin – A couple of years ago, Fred and I drove the entire length of US Hwy 191, both ways.  That means we went from the International Port of Entry in Douglas, AZ all the way to the International Port of Entry at Port Morgan in Montana – some 1,725 miles one way.  It   Read More >>

My new and improved First Aid Kit

Each year I go through our first aid kit. In the past, I just tossed the expired items and stuffed everything back into an old shoe box. This year I tried something new – I organized our first aid kit. After doing some research, I made a list and had our family doctor take a   Read More >>

Campfire songs to help the drive

There are many great things about Texas but driving an Interstate highway through west Texas is not one of them. I have to work at finding something to hold my interest as we motor through this area. When driving through west Texas, I call upon just about every campfire song I can recall. Since my   Read More >>

How I avoid getting bug bites

I love the Outdoors and all that it is. However one thing I wish my time Outdoors didn’t include is bug bites. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate bugs and understand their place in the eco-system but why do they have to see me as a food source? Well, I guess its part of their   Read More >>

Fire Ants – Beware!!!

As we leave the Southern Region behind, I have to say overall our time in the south has been good. The folks have been friendly and hospitable, even if the weather hasn’t been Chamber of Commerce. Yep, for the most part we enjoyed our time in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.  However, one thing   Read More >>

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