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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!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


One of the biggest employers in our area is in the logging industry. One of our neighbors is a "logger".

We had a clump of poplar trees that needed to be taken out of the campground. One of the 3 trees was dead and had been dropping big branches. It was an accident waiting to happen. As much as we love our trees, we knew that this clump had to be removed and OUR loader was not nearly big enough to take care of it.

Mic and his "crew" made short work of it. He even hauled the "clump of stump" to our woods as well as cleaning up the large brush and trying to tear out more of the root system. I told them that they could have the logs so they cut those in 8 foot sections and loaded on to the skidder.

All I have to do now (because Dan is still laid up and can't get on our loader) is rake up the remaining brush, hack out the rest of those roots and haul all of that away. Then I have to bring in "scoops" of dirt with our loader bucket to fill in the hole and "landscape" it. Now, just because Dan can't get on the loader yet, don't think he won't be out there supervising which is fine with me. I am by NO stretch of the imagination a heavy equipment operator! Where it would take Dan probably 30 minutes to fill that hole in, it'll probably take me an hour. I'm sure there will be a lot of LOUD discussion going on out there today!

BTW, not to far from where this clump of trees stood is where Dan and I found the mushrooms that I posted last night. Posted by Picasa

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