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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!

Monday, October 09, 2006

NUTTIN' MUCH

Today is the big day! I am even dusting and vacuuming! Our friends will be here this afternoon. When you don’t see someone that often, you do tend to get excited about it.

We’ve decided to give up on the wino 100 yard scurry and are settling for a chi-chi challenge at Yooper shoes instead. Our campers are no longer using the campground playground equipment and outdoor games so we’re gonna make use of the Yooper shoes. Some people refer to that game as Snake Toss or Polish Horseshoes. Since one has to be so very careful to be politically correct, we decided to call it Yooper Shoes; Yoopers aren’t offended to be called Yoopers. In fact we wear that tag proudly! And the wine is out for this visit; I made a gallon of chi-chi’s and they are in the freezer!

It has been extremely windy the past several days and a lot of the trees have bare branches. It doesn’t seem like our fall colors held on as long this year as last year. It won’t be long and we’ll be doing the Snow Dance and sitting out chocolate offerings for White Precipitus. It has been MANY years since we’ve even had snow for fire arm deer season, which in Michigan is November 15-30th. It use to be you could COUNT on snow for deer season, at least at one time or another during those 15 days.

The past 4 nights have been gorgeous with a HUGE full moon. It has been cloudy at times but this morning it is crystal clear and that moon and the stars are just a sight to behold. I swear the closer we get to winter, the crisper and more clear the night time sky becomes. I would think that in the next month we should start seeing the Northern Lights. One thing that Dan and I enjoy doing in the winter (if it isn’t a very cold blustery night) is taking a walk in the snow during a full moon. The snow sparkles as does the night time sky. You really DO need to experience our neck of the woods in the winter, at least once! Even Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point are very beautiful in the winter! The sunrises have been pretty spectacular too!

Someone emailed the other day and asked if I had any idea how much a Great Lakes freighter might weigh. I did a little research and a 1000 foot freighter weighs about 60,000 tons….which is equal to six 100 car trains with a 10,000 ton capacity each. It is hard to imagine when you see the freighters on the Great Lakes that anything that weighs THAT much could FLOAT! I realize it all has to do with displacement of water, etc, but it still is pretty amazing! That is your food for thought for today!

I’m not sure if I’ll catch up with ya tomorrow or not! Have a great day!!

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