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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.

In my pantry is –

The RV is parked in front of the house and loading begun. Our annual conversion from stationary home-based residents to mobile full-time RVers has begun. Fred and I may debate over what clothes to bring but there is no debate when it comes to pantry. We have learned, while there are grocery stores everywhere, not   Read More >>

Forest Guardians

Visitors, just like you, to our national forests and grasslands are the forest’s most important guardians. With you watching over the forest’s plants, animals, waterways, and historic and archeological sites imagine how well protected our national forests and grasslands would be! During your visit to a national forest or grassland be aware that there are   Read More >>

Why travel in a motorhome?

The largest and probably best reason to camp in an a recreational vehicle (RV), whether van, travel trailer, or motorhome, is because it provides us with a hassle-free way to see America, particularly in our line of work. Another reason we prefer our RV as it comes with a kitchen, bathroom, livingroom and bedroom. Okay,   Read More >>

Want a travel-loving pup

I often tease Fred by telling others he would be more likely to leave me behind than our puppies, Maybe or Ralf, when he wants to go camping. Maybe, recused from a Livingston, MT shelter last year, seems to have been born to travel. But it was all new to Ralf. We were told he   Read More >>

Stretching eases the stiffness

There is, however, one lingering problem. My muscles seem to tighten up quicker now. This is especially true after a long drive in the motorhome. After sitting for a couple of hours everything hurts when I first start moving around. To combat this I’ve started stretching more often. If you share this problem with me,   Read More >>

Picture taking tips from Olympus camera

I love to take photographs of the places we visit and the things we see.  However, I am still not very good.  This year I’m going to tryto apply these photo tips from Olympus camera folks in the hopes of improving.  (I’ll post some on this blog to show you my progress.) * When photographing landscapes,   Read More >>

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards

Melt a pad of butter or margarine in a skillet.  Add prepared fruit (I used cherries, halved and pitted but sliced peeled apple works, too) to skillet.  If you have, and want, sprinkle some sugar overr the fruit and stir to mix.  Cook over campfire until fruit is tender.  Sprinkle cookie crumbs over the cooked   Read More >>

Best NF Campgrounds in Arizona

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 156 national forests and 20 grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in national forests and grasslands. When asked, “What is the best campground?,” their answer often is “Depends on what you want to do.” This   Read More >>

Guide to dealing with wildlife

Summer has definitely arrived in southeast Arizona. Hope your spring lasts longer than ours. One hundred degree days are predicted by the end of the week – three weeks early! For most, summer brings not only May flowers but wildlife wanders down from the hillsides looking for water and an easy meal. Soon javelina and   Read More >>

Yucky can be interesting

Several weeks ago I mentioned a children’s book titled Nature’s Yucky! published by Mountain Press Publishing Company. Well, I got my grandson not only Nature’s Yucky! but Nature’s Yucky! 2. Both were written by Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen Shragg and fun to read. Here’s some of the Yucky stuff from those books (so cool!?!?!?!):   Read More >>

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