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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.

Rules for camping

I want a T-shirt with this on the back — Camping Rules: Nap Often Watch the sunset Wake up smiling Sit by the fire Relax and unwind Eat s’mores Make memories Drink a cold one Visit with friends Be grateful for this day

Deer Joke

What to you call a deer with no eyes? No-Eye-Deer

Prepared for wintertime travel?

Are you prepared to travel in bad weather to your favorite national forest winter play area? First, collect two large coffee cans, then read Car Survival Kit for a Blizzard.  And stay safe. FYI :  This photograph was taken in Arizona, mid-October!

Shared experiences

Two personal favorites.  Both were written awhile ago by pioneering women who had a good idea of what today’s men are like.  Nice to know through our share experiences somethings just don’t change. From Westering Women – One woman’s “receet” for washing clothes: 1.    bild fire in back yard to het kettle of rain water.   Read More >>

Birds in Snow

It was fun watching Sunday’s football games in the snow, especially from my nice warm livingroom.  But, as winter’s cold settles in, we should remember our many feathered friends.  I think they would appreciate some bread crumbs, or better yet a scattering of bird seeds, and a dish of fresh water as winter’s grip becoming   Read More >>

My latest favorite snack – Nori

My daughter introduced me to a very strange looking food stuff called Nori.  Its looks like a green piece of paper and has the salty taste of the ocean, like if you lick you lips after walking on beach on a windy day.  It is crisp and crunches like a potato chip but melts in   Read More >>

Ski areas galore in national forests

In the USA, there are 122 ski areas in 13 states using a total of 182,095 acres of Forest Service-managed land offering downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities.  How many can you name?  Don’t feel bad if you can only name a handful.  Most Forest Service employees can’t do much better.  Click here for   Read More >>

Grizzly Bear populations are increasing

It has been documented – Grizzly bear populations in national parks are increasing.  As their numbers increase, they need more territory and are looking beyond national park’s borders.  Interactions and conflicts between bears and humans are and will continue to increase.  This means, in national forests, campers must be alert and more careful.  Part of   Read More >>

A Suislaw NF bonus – Berries!

A bonus to camping in a Suislaw NF’s coastal campgrounds in the Fall was the bounty of berries we found there.  The blackberries were fat and juicy.  The Evergreen huckleberries were small, bordering on tiny, and plentiful.  It took a lot of these little purple gems to carry the flavor through pancake.  Remember to toss   Read More >>

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