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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.

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 >>

A Winter skin trick

Actually, this is good for skin that has suffered abuse from winter or summer. February was a long stretch of freezing temperatures, high wind, and super low humidity as my skin’s condition can verify.   After all the abuse, I made the decision to try my old standby skin conditioning treatment – yogurt with a   Read More >>

Hitting the road – Don’t forget your toolbox

Whether a tent, car, and rv (recreational vehicle) camper, a tool box is an important. I’m not talking about an assortment of tools you might need to rebuild engine but some basic stuff to correct small problems like a tear in a tent, hanging a line to dry wet swimsuit, or change out a blown   Read More >>

5-cup Fruit Salad Recipe

Need something quick and easy, not too sweet, but not bland, good with dinner or as a dessert, this is what you are looking for.  It’s called 5-cup but I rarely limit myself and nor should you.   Got some fresh strawberries, crushed canned pineapple, or a handful of raisins?  Toss them in.  It only   Read More >>

REI presentation went well

Our presentation at REI in Tucson, AZ March 9 went well.  We talked about camping in the Southwestern Region (basically in national forests in AZ, NM and national grasslands in NM, OK, and TX).  Here is Fred waiting for folks to arrive.  I think we’ll do more presentations in the future.  Any suggested topic would   Read More >>

Most Amazing thing we’ve experienced

You asked, “What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever experienced or seen in a national forest?” That’s tough one. Not because there was a lack of the “amazing” but rather an abundance of them. I have maybe 14 journals loaded with things we have seen and experienced with a long list of adjectives attached. Here   Read More >>

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