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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.

Summary of leasons learned

We have started our 19th year as part-time full-time RVers.  We always look forward to hitting the road.  Every year we have so many great adventures, see so many sights, and meet tons of amazing people.  Each year is another learning experience.  I’l like to share with you the following are a summary of leasons   Read More >>

Ecotourism – life blood for some

“Ecotourism” as defined by Michael Klesius, “is responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and sustain the well-being of the local people.” He provided this definition in a September 2002 National Geographic article titled “State of the Planet.” When I read the definition of “Ecotourism” images of the plains of Africa, mysterious jungles   Read More >>

Home Remedies for Campers

Here are some home remedies I have used when far from home, on the road, or deep in the woods. Aching Back – Fill a plastic zipper bag of crushed ice and apply to the sore area two or three time a day for no longer than 20 minutes. Alternate ice pack with a warm,   Read More >>

Notable Campground Dilemma

Each month in our newsletter we identify a “Notable” campground. In some ways, it’s the easiest part of writing the Newsletter. In other ways, it can be the most challenging. What makes one campground “notable” over others? This designation has lead to some heated debates between Fred and I. Here is one debate over Superior   Read More >>

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail winds its 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington and 28 national forests , Mexico to Canada. Hikers enjoy the beauty of the desert, glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travel deep into the forests, and experience the commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there   Read More >>

Travel Activity Notebook

Have an Activity Binder for each child.  You’ll need: Get a 3-ring binder, a package of plastic sleeves, and at least one pencil “pocket.” You might also want: – some paper clips or clothes pins (used to hold paper to binder’s cover; – some paper towels or a cloth to wipe plastic sleeves clean; –   Read More >>

National Forest campgrounds alternatives to most popular National Parks

In 2009, the New York Times TRAVEL Section published an article by Jame Margolies titled The Last-Minute Guide to Summer Camping? We contributed to that article.  Since it seems everyone is looking for the best camping experience, I thought I’d publish a shorten version of Ms. Margolies’s  article. Yosemite National Park is surrounded by Inyo,   Read More >>

Camp style vanilla pudding

A family favorite around our campsite has always been instant pudding.  It has always been made by the children. You see, I have long felt, the cook is on vacation, too, so others need to pitch-in.  This pudding is easy enough Dad, as well as toddlers, can make. Afraid you might not have enough milk   Read More >>

Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials are those things you feel are critical to a successful camping.  Here are mine: Permits/confirmations for whatever you do – when needed.  (Backpackers in California will want to obtain a campfire permit from any of the national forests in the state.) First Aid kit – Either one like this with everything in it   Read More >>

Lemonade recipe for one or more

Water may be best but I do enjoy a nice tall lemonade on a sunny day.  Heck, I enjoy a glass of lemonade on cold, cloudy days.  There is something about this beverage that just reminds of a summer.  But when you live in a 31-foot motorhome with a refrigerator about twice as big as   Read More >>

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