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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.

Game for home, campground, and car

Here’s a twist on the old “I Spy” game (the reliable long trip traveling in the car game) that is good for a rainy camping afternoon or a yucky winter’s day adapted from the No Time for Flash Cards blog. Take a glass or plastic jar and full about 3/4 full with uncooked rice.  Now   Read More >>

A Campground with Cabins!

Found a very unique feature of the Allegheny National Forest’s Willow Bay campground – Cabins. In Willow Bay campground in the Allegheny National Forest, PA, along the eastern bank of the Allegheny Reservoir, are a dozen little cabins just waiting for the 2011 camping season. Just to give you a heads up, these are not   Read More >>

Crooked River National Grassland – good fun!

May 1 – Woke up to the natural quiet of Crooked River National Grassland’s Haystack Lake campground. What a wonderful sound! Yesterday, we rose to the hustle and bustle of Bend, OR and the sound of traffic on Rt 97 as well as hail falling on the rv’s roof. During the day, some guy on   Read More >>

Winter Camping in your RV

Summer time camping is great fun but camping in the winter season is sublime. It is a great time to go camping, if you want to reconnect with your pioneering spirit. Winter camping in a recreational vehicle (RV) is similar to those early camping days when you had only a Coleman stove and a sleeping   Read More >>

Big dog or Little dog – Which is best suited to live in an RV?

Ralf loves riding in the RV but isn’t an enthusiastic out-of-doors pup. His fur seems to attract every weed seed in the area, which means brushing. Another activity he isn’t fond of. Dani love the outdoors but can do without the drive. Traveling upsets her tummy and seems to mess with her digestive system. Ralf   Read More >>

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Wish you and yours all the best on this Thanksgiving Day.  May your plate be full of your favorite turkey parts, an extra piece of pie waiting for you tomorrow, and your road clear all the way.      

Thanksgiving and RVing can work

I remember our first Thanksgiving as full-time RVers.  It was a little exciting and very scary.  We were camped in Salt Springs campground in the Ocala National Forest (FL), surrounded by hoards of families.  It became apparent, these families knew what they were doing.  It wasn’t their first rodeo.  I, on the other hand, was   Read More >>

Treat your feet well and they’ll take you far!

My dad was in the Army. My childhood seemed to be divide by the wonder of him being home and waiting for him to return. I was my dad’s “Princess” and he always had time for me, helping to do this, explaining how that worked, and answering my unending string of “Why” questions. There were   Read More >>

No Problem Biscuits

It had been a very long, cold and damp day.  Fred started setting up our rig in a downpour while I heated a pot of beef stew for dinner. The beefy aroma filled the trailer with images of drier times. “Hmmm, something smells goods,” Fred said as he entered the cheery warmth of our travel   Read More >>


For years my girlfriends have been raving about the Monsoon season. The general rule of thumb, Monsoon begins in the July 4th week and continues to Labor Day.  First, let me define what I see is a Monsoon? It is more than a rainstorm. It is an event brings change to the constant heat that   Read More >>

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