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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.

Our Highway 191, A road less traveled, adventure begins

  The first traffic light on US Highway 191, two miles west of Douglas, Arizona, looking south.  (The faintly seen mountain on the horizon is Mexico!)   Some might see this as the end of Hwy 191 but, for us, this is where our adventure begins.  With this sight in our rear view mirror we   Read More >>

Young Families Camping Medicine Kit

The majority of First Aide Kits I have seen in the stores focused on adult travelers. If you have young ones, say Elementary School age and younger, here’s my suggestions for a young family’s camping/traveling medicine kit: 1. Any medication(s) your child needs such as a EpiPen or antihistamine. 2. A fever reducer/pain reliever such   Read More >>

Beaver Creek campground

We are almost ready to hit the road.  One of our last discussions concerned whether to stay at Baker’s Hole or Beaver Creek campground in Montana.  Both are in the Gallatin National Forest and west of Yellowstone National Park.  Bakers Hole is closer and does have electric but check out this video of Beaver Creek   Read More >>

Tips for Toddler’s bedtime when camping

The first time you camp with a toddler make it a practice run. Remember, most of camping, but especially sleeping outside in a tent, under the stars, away from the familiar, is a new and, for some, scary thing. Pick a place close to home, such as a nearby campground or, perhaps, your backyard. And   Read More >>

Tips for camping in the desert

Everyone is waiting for the rains, a.k.a. monsoons, to come to the Southwest.  Until that blessed rain quenches the parch earth’s thirst and brings the temperature down, here are a few tips for dealing with the heat if you plan on recreating in a desert landscape. 1. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious problems.   Read More >>

Wednesday’s Quote

Edit The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. -e.e. cummings And I ask you, what camper does already know this?

Camping is still a great vacation

I started camping because there wasn’t much else in the way of a vacation I could afford.  A lot has changed since those days but camping is still a great and affordable vacation for young families.  I’m doing a series of blog entries to help young families discover this great way to enjoy the out-of-doors   Read More >>

A good philosophy for Full-time RVing

This quote is credited to a William Morris. Honestly, I have no idea who he is or why he would make such a statement but, if you change “houses” to “RV”, these are words every Rver should live by. “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it. Have nothing in   Read More >>

What to do with Technotrash?

Don’t know about your home but ours has an abundance of old computer related “trash.”  CDs and DVDs lining bookshelves and the car can hardly fits in the garage for all the old PC computers and printers.  Between Ipod, Netflick, Itunes, Smartphones, and Tablets thing like CD and DVD are so yesterday (we rarely have   Read More >>

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