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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.

Safe Wildlife Viewing Tips

Watching elk bed down for the night in an open field, a deer leaping gracefully over a downed tree or bears next to the road munching dandelions. These are some of the memorable wildlife encounters found in a national forest. Little wonder wildlife viewing is one of the top reason folks visit national forests and   Read More >>

Words of wisdom from trees

  Everything I need to know I learned from trees: It’s important to have roots. In today’s complex world, it pays to branch out. Don’t pin away over old flames. If you really believe in something, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. Be flexible so you don’t break when a harsh wind   Read More >>

After a forest fire

Did a favorite forest suffer a wildfire this year.  It was an especially bad year for our national forests.  The destruction is awful but it is part of a forest’s natural cycle.  In the next few years, visit your forest and that favorite spot and you’ll see a rebirth.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Look for   Read More >>

Troll Under the Bridge in Fremont District

Fred had never heard the story about the three billy goats and the troll under the bridge!  What can I say.?  He had a sheltered childhood.  So took went to see the troll under the bridge in the Fremont District of Seattle (Its the only troll that I know where it lives) after our presentation   Read More >>

REI presentaion

Did a presentation (they call in a “Class”) on 9/5/15 on the national forest campgrounds around Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at Seattle’s “Flagship” REI Store.  Went well and we appreciate REI letting us do it and all those who joined us.  Hope to do more of the same across the country.

BYOB and annoy an oil man

As we travel across the country, more and more places are sellinging re-useable bags.  Makes good sense, especially if the merchant’s bag has something to promote their business.  Here’s a posting from 2008 on the topic of re-useable bags and  For years I have embarrassed my children and husband by practicing BYOB (a.k.a. Bring Your   Read More >>

Is my MH a Black Hole for things?

Every year I debate my hair-style for the upcoming season. I like a shoulder-length pageboy style but a really short cut means less water needed to wash it and drying is faster. However, if I don’t cut it, I’ll be able to pull-it back into a ponytail or braid. But than there is the problem   Read More >>

Apple and Cranberry Crisp

In my opinion, one of the trademarks of the RV lifestyle is innovation.  Those innovations can range from repairing a broken screen door latch to a recipe using a little of this and a little of that.  This recipe comes from the later.  Tucked way in the fridge was some jelly cranberry sauce, while in   Read More >>

Noteworthy Bonito Campground, Coconino NF (AZ)

One of the best things about our U.S. National Forest Campground Guide effort is discovering special little places like Bonito campground in the Coconino National Forest (AZ). Located in the shadows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the San Francisco Mountain range, 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Bonito is both a great overnight   Read More >>

Hickory – Special tree – Special nut

A great thing about our work is meeting so many great people and being exposed to their special interests.  Years ago we met a man who enjoyed wood-carving.  A favorite medium for him was the nuts of hickory trees.  Through him we have learned more about hickory trees. Did you know hickory trees once grow   Read More >>

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