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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.

Celebrate Public Lands Day – 9/29/12

Public Lands Day is coming up.  Check with your favorite national forest or grassland about what activities they are offering.  Remember, Public Lands Day is a “Fee Free” day so do get out and enjoy. Join the Friends of Mount Rogers at 3714 Highway 16, Marion, VA on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2   Read More >>

Screen-free activities for children

When heading for a long weekend camping with the grandchildren, one thing I think is critical is planning activities that will entertain but has no need for electricity or some digital device.   My grandchildren, like many children of their generation, appear to be solidly connected.  The internet to the rescue.  I came across this   Read More >>

Tuna Pot Pie with a twist

Fred hates fish.  Any fish – canned, fresh or frozen – will never pass his lips.  This means most often I, who does like fish, am limited to to canned tuna fish seasoned liberally with moans and complaints about the smell.  It doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a new twist on an old recipe.  Click   Read More >>

Traveling with Dani and Ralf

Dani is our big loveable Golden Retrieve and Ralf is our 10 pounds terror. Dani and Ralf travel with us throughout the national forests and grasslands across the county. Here are some things we have learned to keep them safe and comfortable while we are on the road. A well-check with the vet before departure   Read More >>

Quilt Show in Ennis

Okay, I will admit it – I like to quilt.  I’m not very good at it but I find it a nice way to pass the time.  During our time in Ennis, MT, there was a quilt show in the local school cafeteria.  Here is just a tiny sample of what I saw (which only   Read More >>

Help for a “screaming” head

Fred loves just about everything when it comes to our 31-foot motorhome.  I’m not as thrilled by this behemoth, especially when we get caught in heavy, bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic in any big city. This year we had to go through several major metro-areas and I was a wreck long before the traffic thinned out.  No, I   Read More >>

Sunburn protection needed

Did you know  the front windshield of your car has UV (ultra-violet) UVA filters to protect you from the harmful (as in cancer causing) ray’s of the sun?  However, side windows DO NOT!  This is a lesson we learned the hard way earlier this summer. During our annual predeparture check, our doctor noted “a little something”   Read More >>

Fracking lesson at a Montana Rest Stop

This picture doesn’t really illustrate the size of the vehicle that pulled up besides at a Montana rest stop.  Remove the cab part and you have a device used to hold and pump a ceramic “sand” (actually tiny man-made spheres) into the earth.  It happened this device is broken and was being transported to some   Read More >>

Dog run at a rest stop – amazing!

Not that my dogs are lazy but I do worry they don’t get enough exercise while we are traveling from here to there.  I guess there are others that share my concern because at a Rest Stop on I-35 near Blackwell, OK we were delighted to find these dog runs.  Count them – Two runs!     Read More >>

Yellowstone NP with Grandchildren

It’s a little over one hour drive from our grandchildren’s house to the west gate of Yellowstone National Park. (Gallatin, Beaverhead and Deerlodge national forests are about 15 minuets away.) But like many, visiting a local tourist attraction is something seldom done. So, Grandma and Grandpa decided a day trip was in order. It took   Read More >>

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