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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!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

YOOPER HARD HATS AND SUN BONNETS

There have now officially been two times in the past 13 years that I have said “Now, I’ve seen it all!”

Yesterday, while traveling on M-28 to the Soo, we had to participate in some road construction. Our participation consisted of sitting and waiting. We managed to time it right so we could merrily participate going TO the Soo and on our way BACK home. Fortunately the wait, either way, was not that long. You know that we were the only ones on the road in a hurry; HA!

On the way back, we were second in line at the stop sign which presented us with the opportunity to critique the latest MDOT fashion being worn by the person responsible for turning the sign from PROCEED SLOWLY to STOP. We discovered that this person was very innovative with his or her (couldn’t tell that at ALL) MDOT issued hard hat. The hard hats do not offer much protection from the sun; after all they are not designed to be a sun bonnet. This revolutionary individual designed what has to be the first EVER hard hat sun bonnet! The creator had used a piece of cardboard and what looked to be the equivalent of a roll of duct tape. He/She had apparently fashioned a hole in the center of a piece of cardboard that fit over the hard hat to the brim of the hard hat. In order to secure the cardboard to the hat, duct tape was used (and LOTS of it for it almost obliterated one’s view of the original hard hat). I’m not quite sure what would happen in a strong wind. I have no doubt that the cardboard would stay quite attached to the hard hat. My concern is that the wearer of the “hat” might end up with whiplash!

The first time I said “I’ve seen it all” was during grouse season. Dan and I were on our way to a Yooper party which was out in the boonies. We were driving past a field which had a knoll. On this knoll was the ONLY tree in the field. By the tree, there was a hunter and his bird dog. Walking towards the hunter and dog was another person carrying a large, flat, square box. “Weird” we thought. THEN we saw the car parked along side the road. The car had a large sign on top that said “PIZZA DELIVERY”! Now, you are probably thinking to yourself THAT IS pretty WEIRD; a hunter having pizza delivered out in the middle of a field, down a dirt road, miles from civilization. Uh, huh…that is NOT the weird part! The weird part is that he even got his cell phone to work out there! (For those of you who aren’t aware of this little known fact; our area was first considered for the Verizon cell phone commercial that utters those famous 5 words…”Can you hear me now?” Problem was that NO, they couldn’t hear me now! Or later! Or anytime in between!)

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