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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!

Sunday, July 23, 2006


It is hard to believe it is almost August. But then, I'm starting to hear crickets chirping and grasshoppers "buzzing"...it is begininng to have the sounds of autumn. Hard telling what the colors will be like this year. With it having been another dry summer, the trees are stressed. At least the temps weren't as unbearable this summer as the past two. We had plenty of hot days this year, but then they'd be followed by a "cool down" of several days. It is at 47 degrees this a.m and only got up to 74 yesterday. Perfect weather for site seeing and for the festival at the Logging Museum.

I'm hearing from some of our guests that attendance at the festival is way down compared to last year. One person commented he was told it was down about 4o%. I remarked that our percentage of occupancy in the campground this weekend was down about 34% compared to last year. GEE, DO YOU SUPPOSE IT IS THE GAS PRICES??? (The way the prices are for fuel in general makes one wonder if we'll be going back to dirt roads because no one can afford to make asphalt, or if county road trucks will be out plowing this winter, etc)

Dan is still cleaning up after that big storm last Sunday a.m. He's still got a lot to do but at least the worst is done (Thanks again to Mic McNamara and all of his logging equipment; yes, we got a bill, BUT he made it a priority to come down and get this done instead of heading to the woods to work. He's a good guy and we appreciate him and his crew!) As if Dan doesn't have enough to do, now we are finding out that our 8 electric sites have electrical problems. SO FAR ALL THE OTHER SITES SEEM FINE AND MY FINGERS, TOES AND EYES ARE CROSSED! The electrician is supposed to be out today. On each electrical pedestal, one side works and the other side doesn't. We've found some AWFULLY long tent stakes on the two electical sites that we allow tents on so we don't know if possibly someone hit a buried line and nicked it enough that it finally gave out or what. These lines were buried YEARS ago, prior to there being regulations as to how deep they have to be. Dan seems to think that these particular lines are about 12" deep, which is NOT very far. This could be like looking for a needle in a haystack, IF that is the problem. We'd have to dig up about 80' BY HAND in order to pinpoint the problem, IF THAT IS THE PROBLEM. I don't know what I'm hoping the electrician will tell us. I'm at the point retirement is looking good.

Don't know when I'll be on again...I may be doing some digging!

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