There have been a few more snowmobile related deaths, but those have been WAY up in Canada where there actually is some snow. Things are just WAY to quiet. Dan and I headed into town for the TASA meeting last night and both of us remarked that it is so strange to be headed ANYWHERE this time of year and not see a single snowmobile. And all the “trouble” and permits and dollars that Dan and I and McNamara’s went through to keep our little 4 Mile Corner trail and still haven’t had a sled on it…..
This is kind of scary too; last week Dan saw a red winged blackbird and a robin. Robins ARE starting to hang around through the winter, but we NEVER see red winged blackbirds till spring! At least this year we do have an abundance of snow buntings, but we aren’t going through the cracked corn that we normally would. They are finding other things to eat. If we start seeing juncos I will be a bit more concerned. If we start seeing hummingbirds I will be EXTREMELY concerned!
Someone asked me what we were doing with all this down time. I emailed back and said that at least now I don’t have to get up at 5 a.m. if I don’t want to. When there IS a trail report to do, I get up about that time to start gathering weather info and getting my thoughts together and getting trail info from Trail Boss Bob, waiting on email trail reports from Seney, Grand Marais, Paradise, Curtis. It seems very strange not doing the trail report. So what do we do??? I read a lot of books and Dan and I play Uno Rummy-Up or Greedy (a dice game). We walk the dogs, visit with friends….just like Little House on the Prairie times….only with electricity! And at this rate, with no daily trail report, I will have Zen thoughts saved up for NEXT year!
I want to send out a big thank Byron Goggin of YOUR NEXT WILD WEEKEND, Gameday Productions. He did a production about the TASA groomers/trails last year and it was on TV. You can see the piece at www.wildweekendtv.com. Just go to "Places" then “Michigan”, then "Snowmobiles" . It might take a while for the video to load, so be patient. This is just about 4 minutes of the tape. At least it will help you remember what snow and a groomer on the trail looks like. And for those of you who have never met Bob, you’ll get to “go with him” while he is grooming! Thanks Byron!
- Cathy Clementz
- 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!