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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, August 13, 2006


It is very scary to realize that the 5th anniversary of 9-1-01 is fast approaching. And if the airline threats in Great Britain weren’t enough to keep us thinking, now we are told that the Mackinac Bridge had been a target. The following appeared on a couple of different online news broadcasts;

The Tuscola County Prosecutor says three Texas men who were arraigned today on terrorism-related charges, were targetting the Mackinac Bridge

The men were arrested after police found about a thousand cell phones in their minivan. Maruan Awad Muhareb, Adham Abdelhamid Othman, and Louai Abdelhamied Othman are charged with collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and surveillance of a vulnerable target for terrorist purposes.
Prosecutors say they believe the men were targeting the Mackinac Bridge.
A magistrate set bond at 750-thousand dollars, and the men continue to be held at the Tuscola County Jail.
The three men were stopped before dawn Friday after they purchased 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart store in Caro, in Michigan's Thumb.
Authorities say the prepaid phones they were buying are often used by terrorists because they are not traceable. Cell phones can also be used to make detonators.
But the men say they were only buying the phones to sell for a profit.

About that selling them for a profit….the same cell phones are available in Texas at the same cost, so that shoots that excuse all to hell. And another thing…several news reports indicated that these men had taken the phones apart and had stored the batteries separate from the cell phones…what’s THAT all about??

The world has become such a scary place and it is so sad that you have to be "on your toes" constantly and look at things in such a different way than you did even 8 years ago. I wish we could go back to the 1950's era. I know each era has it's problems, but (now I'm gonna sound like my Grandma) I never thought I'd ever see the day when little kids had to learn self defense to ward off kidnappers, rapists or killers, or cars had to be equipped with all kinds of alarms, bells and whistles or women would have to know self defense and carry mace or pepper spray. These news stories begin to get to you after a while....

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