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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!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Just Getting Started!

My faithful snowmobile trail report readers, you are going to have to bear with me while I bring our new cohorts up to speed. Some of you are most likely scratching your head over a portion of the title of this BLOG site; that portion being the word Yooper (pronounced You-Purr, with emphasis on the You). Let me explain to you what a Yooper is. A Yooper is a person that lives in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of the State of Michigan. We live on the north side of “da Bridge”. Da bridge (many Yoopers are of Finnish ancestry so if you were ever in our area, you would hear a lot of “Da” and “eh”. Da Bridge is what we fondly refer to as the Mighty Mac. It is a 5 mile suspension bridge connecting Lower Michigan wit da U.P. Please check out this website for photos of our Mighty Mac; http://www.mightymac.org/. Persons that “live below da bridge” in Lower Michigan are referred to as Trolls (get it??). Once they cross the bridge, they are referred to as “fudgies”. Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are famous for fudge and there is hardly any business establishment in the area that does not sell famous fudge! Another “up north treat” is the pasty (rhymes with nasty). It is a meat pie and there is even a history to that, but instead of going into all of that here, I’m providing you with another link (and one link leads to another!) Check out http://www.fudgiepastie.com/. Newbies to the way of life in da U.P, what there is to see and do YOU can spend days searching the web for U.P. info! So I will leave that search up to you! The U.P. is a very historical, awesome place to visit.

Now for what this Blog will be all about…for those of you that have followed my snowmobile trail reports for the past 6 years, you have allowed me to become a part of your daily life and some of you have even told me I’m like family and that you miss my sometimes humorous glimpses into my life. Because some of these glimpses can be lengthy which sometimes causes the 1500 emails NOT to be processed and delivered, I felt that having this as an alternative for the lengthier “reports” hopefully would eliminate that issue. It will also allow me to make you aware of snowmobiling issues/concerns that might be too lengthy to put in the trail report. My goal is to keep it light and upbeat, not become too political and be open to your suggestions. This is to be a two way street. There may be times when I don’t post anything for a week or two and there may be other times, especially during snowmobile season where I may be posting to this Blog a couple times a week (when it comes time, I will update the Eastern U.P. trail report daily).

I do hope that you will let your friends know about this Blog and that you will feel free to post messages! There will be more later, but I wanted to get this up and going!


  1. Already added this to my favorites, looking forward to your postings. Thanks!

  2. Cathie, thanks for taking the time to check it out and book mark it! I appreciate your input!


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