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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, July 04, 2006


I have a slow morning so far and thought I’d catch up on some of my online time and writing.

I can still say, for us anyway, it has still been an uneventful weekend. I have heard that there was a serious ATV accident in Grand Marais. This is all the info I can find so far (however, a friend of mine who is a relative of one of the boys said he isn’t doing very well).

Alger County, July 3
Car And ATV Collide Sending Boys To Hospital
Two people are recovering after a car/ATV crash Saturday night. According to the Alger County Sheriff's Department, it happened around 11 p.m. on H-58, a mile east of Grand Marais.
The collision involved two 17-year-old boys. Both were taken to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. One was later transferred to Marquette General Hospital.
The State Police Accident Investigator has been contacted to assist in the investigation.

There was another very unusual accident that is being reported, however, one source that I found said that the State Police are still investigating how this story got started, so here is THAT info (maybe we should take with a grain of salt at this point).

Baraga County, July 3

Horse, Moose Cause Chain Of Accidents
Authorities continue to investigate an unusual multiple-crash incident which began in Baraga County early Sunday morning. The State Police say the initial crash happened on U.S. 41 near Skanee Road outside of L'Anse.
A vehicle hit a horse, and while assessing the damages, a second vehicle hit the same horse, and then rolled. One person was taken to L'Anse Memorial for treatment and needed to be transferred to Marquette General Hospital.

While being transferred, the ambulance hit a moose while traveling on U.S. 41 near Tioga Creek. The ambulance was still drivable and managed to get the patient to MGH for treatment. Names have not been released.

So, Dan and I can thankfully say that we have almost gotten through the 4th without any major difficulties (other than we ran out of bagged ice to sell!).

One thing that we did learn over the past week was that it became necessary to create what we are calling “WI-FI ETIQUETTE”. Having free Wi-Fi- for our guests has caused some “traffic jams” IN the campground and IN our lobby. The Wi-Fi is at a central location, our lobby. There is about a 200-300’ range from the lobby that a guest (depending on their computer) can access their email. The further away you get, the less strength of the signal so it takes longer to download, etc etc. Prior to opening this season, we sat up a little table and a chair in the lobby for guests who wanted to use their Wi-Fi or “plug in” with the USB. When guests checked in we explained their options on how to connect and what the range of “connectivity” is. We pointed out the various campsites that we knew that they could use if they wanted to sit at a picnic table and use their computer (assuming that site wasn’t occupied). Our cabin guests can use the Wi-Fi from their decks.

Anyway, the past week has been an eye opener for us. We finally had to create, as I said, Wi-Fi Etiquette. I’m publishing it here for you in case you might be traveling with your computer and come across a “set up” such as ours:

We are pleased to be able to provide FREE WI-FI for you but to make this even more enjoyable for everyone, including us, please observe the following:

1. Try to limit your time in the lobby to no more than 15 minutes. There could be others wanting time online or we could have a lobby full of guests to register.

2. You may use the deck from 8 a.m. till we close in the evening.

3. If you want to sit in your vehicle close to the office, please do not block any drives and do not park on the grass either behind the office or by the sidewalk. You may park by the closed gate. There is about a 200 - 300’ range from the lobby for most WI-FI users.

Thank you for your cooperation.

We hope, maybe by next year, to have a better solution. Lighthouse Computers had indicated that there is a booster or an antenna or some type of additional equipment that we can get that would give range to the backside of the campground. Depending on the cost involved, maybe we can have this in place by next year.

On a personal note though…when I go on vacation, I want to “leave it all behind”, not take it all with me. The number of guests who we see sitting with their computers checking email or being online, blocking traffic with their car, parked on our grass, sitting in the lobby for lengths of time SEVERAL times a day just totally amazes me. I think it is sad when we are tethered by cell phones and computers. I can understand someone who is “away on business” or wants to stay in touch with the family. When Dan and I have the opportunity to get away, that is exactly what we want to do…get away. I DO check my email when we’re away…IF I can find a library or someplace where I can use a computer. I don’t want to be tethered. Oh, and we don’t own a cell phone. Dan and I are usually together 24/7 so it hasn’t been necessary for us

Another thing we noticed last night while making the rounds after quiet time; at least 3 campsites had families sitting around picnic tables looking at photos they had taken and had downloaded to their computer. Now THAT I can relate too!
IF ANY OF MY READERS ARE CAMPERS AND YOU WANT TO GO ONLINE AND RATE A PARK THAT YOU'VE STAYED AT, GO TO WWW.RVPARKREVIEWS.COM. Or if you want to check out a particular campground, you might find info about that park there.

Catch ya later!!!

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