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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, April 14, 2006

ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?

People have asked us "Why did you move to the U.P.?" "Why did you leave good jobs, benefits and family behind and buy a campground? Is it worth it?" THOSE questions will be answered at a different time. We've lived here going on 14 years and I still can't come up with just a standard, pat answer without going into the whole history of it, so in the meantime, I hope you will enjoy this. It was written about 2 months after we moved to "da U.P." and purchased our campground. Maybe it is time for the sequel??
DA SECOND MONT OF OWNING A CAMPGROUND (written by C. Clementz)

(SUNG T O DA TUNE OF DA SECOND WEEK OF DEER CAMP BY DA YOOPERS )

It’s da second mont of being
A campground owner you see
We’ve lived here almost 2 monts
In da Great U.P.
Da only time we’re in da house
Is when we want to sleep
It’s da second mont of being
A campground owner you see.

We work real hard and mow da yard
And dig da fire pit ring
We transplant trees and kill big bees
And hope we don’t get sting
Da only time we’re in da house
Is when we want to sleep
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.

Dan, he is working in da sewer lagoon
He’s working cutting cattails
Morning, night and noon.
He’s wearing tigh high waders
And wading in da shit
Only 100 more yards to go
And he can call it quit

Me, I’ve been painting
And trimming up da trees
I feel like I’ve been working here
Since 1963
Da bears are eating our berries
And da fox are running free
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.

We haven’t had a chance to
Even look around
Anything we’ve seen is
Located on our ground
Da work is fun, we’ll work till it’s done
Den we’ll go to sleep
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.
SUNG T O DA TUNE OF DA SECOND WEEK OF DEER CAMP BY DA YOOPERS. DA YOOPERS IS DA FAMOUS MUSICIANS FROM DA U.P. Please visit their official website at

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