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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.



Before you hit the trail

It may seem counter-intuntive but this is a great time of year to go hiking in a national forest near you.  However, before you hit the trail, make sure you’re prepared These hiking guidelines will help you stay safe and comfortable when you hit the trails. ● Check the weather so you can be prepared   Read More >>

Coffee filters-not just for making coffee

I might be the worse coffee maker in the country.  I like coffee but have never be able to master making a good cup.  However, you will find coffee filters in both my brick and stick house and motorhome.  Here are ten reasons: 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters   Read More >>

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 >>

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