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.
I am finally beginning to feel more human and, wouldn’t you know it, the weather has turned cool and rainy. Oh well, we have our umbrella and rain gear. You can identify a local by their knee-high, army green colored “rubbers” – rain boots to the rest of us. We took the ferry over from Read More >>
May 24 – Waking up to a gloriously beautiful day. The second consecutive sunny day since leaving Bisbee but who’s counting? It is Saturday and we do have work to do but Fred is sleeping in and I thought we could catch up. Our week on Prince of Wales (POW) was a little soggy but Read More >>
Comfortable ride on the Inter-Island Ferry heading for Prince of Wales (POW) island. Great way to travel. Pictures below are of a POW interior mountain range (name unknown) and view of Clarence Strait from Sandy Beach. Remaining photos are from Kasaan Totem Park. They were some of the best examples of this art we saw Read More >>
May 17 – If Ketchikan is the urban center for this part of southeast Alaska, Prince of Wales (a.k.a. POW) is its total opposite. But I’m getting a head of myself. Woke up in Signal Creek campground in a heavy mist which went from a comfortable drizzle to a steady downpour while walking the dogs Read More >>
April 27 – Well, we are back into our research mode and it feels good! Our first research is the Butte Valley National Grassland (NG) managed by the Klamath National Forest in California. To be painfully honest it doesn’t look like much of a grassland. Even the gas station attendant in MacDoel didn’t realize there Read More >>
A few days camping in a national forest is a wonderful way to unwind from the stress and pressure of our everyday work life; it’s a good “change of wallpaper.” It can be affordable and you don’t to give up all modern conveniences if you head for a developed campground. Fred did a quick report Read More >>
As I sat down at my pc this morning, CNN announced a record $105.97 a barrel for gas! OUCH! Not only does this hit you in the wallet but it also hurts the recreation budget of each national forest. How? Just like you, national forests need gasoline to power the vehicles they use for their Read More >>
Early in February, a Nature Conservancy sponsored study was published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”. This study suggests fewer people are engaging in outdoor recreation than in previous years. The study’s authors, Oliver Pergams and Patricia Zaradic, claimed there has been a 18 to 25 percent decline in all outdoor recreation, Read More >>
Soon we’ll be back on the road researching Alaska’s national forests and I’ll be faced with the challenge of coming up with a breakfast that Fred, a lifelong non-breakfast eater, will find acceptable. His favorite is my Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels with peanut butter but after a few weeks Fred will begin to resist them. Read More >>
After our 1994 trip to Canada, I was back in the woods and my husband enjoyed being there, too. Could it get better than this? Well, it did. After several camping sojourns, Fred and I discovered a wonderful new camping experience in our Washington, D.C. backyard – Beartree campground in Virginia’s Jefferson National Forest campground! Read More >>