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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!

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Dan and I have managed to smooth down that campsite that the big clump of trees was removed from. We spent most of Thursday working on that area.

Before we went out, we reached an agreement of sorts. The ONLY hand gestures that Dan would be allowed to give me were those that would indicate that he wanted me to raise or lower the loader bucket or the back blade or to gesture that I should tip the bucket or tip the chisel and back blade one way or the other. Likewise, the only hand gesture that I could use was a snappy salute (which I would use if I was feeling sarcastic and had suffered enough of his supervision).

There was a lot of work to do as far as getting out tree roots and picking up remaining small brush. Today, Dan and I both feel we have built muscles where there hadn’t been any before. I am so sore that my eyebrows hurt.

You might be wondering how we could be so darn sore. Remember, he is still recovering from knee replacement surgery and is very limited as to what positions he can get in and as to what he can do. A year ago, I had major surgery on my left shoulder (and I’m left handed for the most part) and a couple of months ago minor surgery on my right shoulder. I am still pretty limited as to what I can do. I think by us both being limited, we tend to over-use other body parts to compensate. SO YES, WE HURT!! ALL OVER!! HEAD TO TOE.

There was a lot of grunting and groaning going on yesterday, and that was just the loader! I’m not much better with an ax than I am with the loader but I had to do a lot of “hacking” at roots. Dan and I were making more noise than the loader. We started laughing about our predicament. Poor one legged Dan doing the best he can to help with the pulling of roots and me trying to wield an ax right handed. We almost certainly looked (and sounded) like a couple of drunken excavators.

All that is left is to do is to level it up a bit more, rake it off and seed it. I think I can manage that without too much discomfort! And I hate to say it, but that campsite DOES look better without those trees there. I just hope there aren’t any more trees that need to be removed right away! We’d like to heal up our achy joints and muscles!

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