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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.

Winter Camping in your RV

Summer time camping is great fun but camping in the winter season is sublime. It is a great time to go camping, if you want to reconnect with your pioneering spirit. Winter camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) is similar to those early camping days when you had only a Coleman stove and a sleeping   Read More >>

Big dog or Little dog – Which is best suited to live in an RV?

Ralf loves riding in the RV but isn’t an enthusiastic out-of-doors pup. His fur seems to attract every weed seed in the area, which means brushing. Another activity he isn’t fond of. Dani love the outdoors but can do without the drive. Traveling upsets her tummy and seems to mess with her digestive system. Ralf   Read More >>

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Wish you and yours all the best on this Thanksgiving Day.  May your plate be full of your favorite turkey parts, an extra piece of pie waiting for you tomorrow, and your road clear all the way.      

Thanksgiving and RVing can work

I remember our first Thanksgiving as full-time RVers.  It was a little exciting and very scary.  We were camped in Salt Springs campground in the Ocala National Forest (FL), surrounded by hoards of families.  It became apparent, these families knew what they were doing.  It wasn’t their first rodeo.  I, on the other hand, was   Read More >>

Treat your feet well and they’ll take you far!

My dad was in the Army. My childhood seemed to be divide by the wonder of him being home and waiting for him to return. I was my dad’s “Princess” and he always had time for me, helping to do this, explaining how that worked, and answering my unending string of “Why” questions. There were   Read More >>

No Problem Biscuits

It had been a very long, cold and damp day.  Fred started setting up our rig in a downpour while I heated a pot of beef stew for dinner. The beefy aroma filled the trailer with images of drier times. “Hmmm, something smells goods,” Fred said as he entered the cheery warmth of our travel   Read More >>


For years my girlfriends have been raving about the Monsoon season. The general rule of thumb, Monsoon begins in the July 4th week and continues to Labor Day.  First, let me define what I see is a Monsoon? It is more than a rainstorm. It is an event brings change to the constant heat that   Read More >>

Solitude – A precious thing

Anyone who has read some of my “stuff” might conclude my favorite campground or forest feature is solitude. They would be correct. I look for and enjoy solitude when and where I can find it. To me, experiencing solitude can “recharge my batteries” and completely adjust any negative manure going on in my life. While   Read More >>

Before you hit the trail

It may seem counter-intuntive but this is a great time of year to go hiking in a national forest near you.  However, before you hit the trail, make sure you’re prepared These hiking guidelines will help you stay safe and comfortable when you hit the trails. ● Check the weather so you can be prepared   Read More >>

Coffee filters-not just for making coffee

I might be the worse coffee maker in the country.  I like coffee but have never be able to master making a good cup.  However, you will find coffee filters in both my brick and stick house and motorhome.  Here are ten reasons: 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters   Read More >>

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