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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.

A car time activity

Whether heading to the grocery store or a favorite camping stop, the ride there can be really boring for little passengers.  There are just so many times “She’ll be around the mountain” can be sung.  A possible alternative is “The State License Plate Game.”  Basically, you print out the Game “board”, hand a copy to   Read More >>

Have you hugged a tree lately?

I can believe it but National Arbor Day came and went without me realizing it.  Shame on me because I consider trees to be something so very special.  Officially, in Arizona, it was a week ago today!  But that date can vary from state-to-state.  So what’s the big deal? I read a book titled “American   Read More >>

How to find a campground

“We want to camp in June.  We are a small family with two pre-school children and a big dog.  What campground would you suggest?” Okay, I am paraphrasing but you get the idea.  We get this question, or some variation, almost every week.  I know finding the “prefect” campground is a challenge but a key   Read More >>

Ways to celebrate Earth Day

In less than a week it will Earth Day, again. As someone who has been observing Earth Day for a very long time, I am happy to say, from my observations, we are treating Mother Earth better. There are still things that need improving but a lot has gotten better. Good work to all. What?   Read More >>

A few thoughts on Forest Service web sites

Three observations concerning Forest Service web sites: 1. There isn’t a lot of information on some sites; 2. Many sites just sit on the same information for months and even years; 3. And, the Forest Service really doesn’t blow its horn often or loud enough. When we started our US National Forest Campground Guide efforts,   Read More >>

Bring Mother Nature to my grandchildren

Spending time in a national forest is my preferred way to expose my grandchildren to the wonders of Mother Nature. But here are some ideas to start the wondering. Plant some seeds – I’ve been collecting empty toilet paper tubes for a while for this activity. There are about six weeks until the “Last Frost”   Read More >>

From here to Flagstaff, AZ

Our weekend of camping in the shadow of the San Francisco mountain on the east side of Flagstaff is almost done. Tomorrow we’ll go to Williams, AZ and re-visit Dogtown, Kaibab Lake, and White Horse Lake campgrounds before heading to Prescott to do some of the campgrounds area there. But more about those adventures later.   Read More >>

Trick for slicing Spam

Fred loves spam.  If given a choice between Spam and breakfast sausage, I think Spam wins 9 out of 10 times.  There is always a can of Spam in the pantry.  The preferred preparation is fried crispy. One problem I have always had with Spam is slicing it.  Getting it evenly thin enough to fry   Read More >>

Prairie Chicken Viewing Blinds now available

The Fort Pierre National Grassland will once again have viewing blinds available for people who want to want to watch the spring courtship rituals of prairie chickens. The viewing blinds can be reserved at no charge on the National Grasslands south of Fort Pierre. The viewing blinds are available through May. Wildlife Biologist Ruben Mares   Read More >>

Duct Tape a camper or survivalist’s essential

All Posts Here are 25 survival uses for duct tape (DT) from Outdoor Survival, in no order whatsoever.  One tip they omitted was DT is great for repairing holes made by tree branch in the outside skin of a motorhome or travel trailer. 1. Repairing a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder. A little   Read More >>

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