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Suzi’s Blog

The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide website, www.forestcamping.com, 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 ForestCamping.com 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.



Best NF Campgrounds in Arizona

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 156 national forests and 20 grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in national forests and grasslands. When asked, “What is the best campground?,” their answer often is “Depends on what you want to do.” This   Read More >>

Guide to dealing with wildlife

Summer has definitely arrived in southeast Arizona. Hope your spring lasts longer than ours. One hundred degree days are predicted by the end of the week – three weeks early! For most, summer brings not only May flowers but wildlife wanders down from the hillsides looking for water and an easy meal. Soon javelina and   Read More >>

Yucky can be interesting

Several weeks ago I mentioned a children’s book titled Nature’s Yucky! published by Mountain Press Publishing Company. Well, I got my grandson not only Nature’s Yucky! but Nature’s Yucky! 2. Both were written by Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen Shragg and fun to read. Here’s some of the Yucky stuff from those books (so cool!?!?!?!):   Read More >>

Biscuit recipe

How can you have a campfire and not make S’mores? How can you have meat sauce smothered spaghetti pasta without garlic bread? And how can you eat beef stew without biscuits? At least, that is how it is in my house, or motorhome. The S’mores and garlic bread are easy on a campfire but biscuits   Read More >>

Can’t beat these – Biscuits

How can you have a campfire and not make S’mores? How can you have meat sauce smothered spaghetti without garlic bread? And how can you eat beef stew without biscuits? At least, that is how it is in my house, or motorhome. The S’mores and garlic bread are easy on a campfire but the biscuits   Read More >>

The humble earthworm

One of the more enduring national forest images I’ve carried in my mind for years is of a Grandpa teaching his granddaughter to fish. The pond small and not very clear but there on the bank was grandpa, wearing coveralls, kneeling next to a little girl with pigtails and dirty sneakers. Their heads were close   Read More >>

Searching forestcamping.com

We have a huge database.  Searching ForestCamping.com for an answers to questions our readers ask can be a challenge except for the following two methods we use: Dedicated Google Search – One every page, left side, we have a little bright yellow box labeled “Google” with a rectangle under it. Looking for a specific campground,   Read More >>

Knapweed – Pretty but harmful

Although it isn’t a major problem in this little corner of Arizona, there is one weed that has been spreading hate and destruction across the western States since the late 1800s. Its called Knapweed. There are several varieties and you’ve probably seen it along roadsides, next to pond, beside railroad tracks, and just about anyplace   Read More >>

Tips for skin care and more

Here are some ideas I have found helpful when we are out and about in the Great Outdoors. Lunch Box – Sometimes, as treat and to avoid the cost of eating out, we’ll have a “TV dinner.” The other day, as I started to toss the plastic plate, an idea flashed! For “containing” a picnic   Read More >>

Hiking Trails for Walkers

The other day I asked a friend and avid hiker, “What’s the difference between hiking and walking?” He thought a minute and declared, “Hiking requires looking where you put your feet but with walking you don’t.” I like that definition and I like walking better the hiking. That preference is probably the result of my   Read More >>

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