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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, December 31, 2006


This is the first year since we’ve lived here that we are actually going OUT for New Year’s Eve. We’ve always had friends over prior NY Eve’s, but since we don’t’ have any business; there is no reason for us to stay tied to the office. We’re going all of 7 whole miles away!!! The roads could be “dicey” by then because we ARE supposed to get rain, which will take care of that 1 ½” of snow on the ground. Last night about 8 p.m. it was very foggy and 26° and everything was icey…at least here.

I’m pretty sure the Newberry SnowX races for January 6th will be cancelled. There isn’t any good snow in our 5 day forecast. There have been other years when a mild winter was predicted, but even then we still eventually had snow for winter sports! There is a sled dog race the weekend of the 6th too so most likely that will be cancelled unless they DO run over bare ground.

8 more snowmobile deaths in Canada that I’ve read about. One man was from Pennsylvania.

I’ve had people ask me how long each one of TASA’s trails are. Thanks to Judy Brown, our Treasurer and Grant Writer, I can now answer that for you. She has to keep all of these records and while I COULD guess at it, now I have the specific details. # 9 North (towards Pine Stump) is 84 miles round trip. #45 (to the Falls) is 62 miles round trip, the South trail (which has a couple of different numbers) is 108 miles round trip. Then there is the South Access trail (past the Prison) which is 6 miles round trip. The following is approximately how long it takes to groom each trail IF the conditions are PERFECT:

# 9 North (towards Pine Stump) 15.26 hours per trip
#45 (to the Falls) 9.96 hours per trip
The whole south trail 17 hours per trip
The south access trail is close to 1 ½ hours per trip.

Again, this is if conditions are perfect. By that I mean there isn’t blowing and drifting, the corners aren’t all blown out, there aren’t a lot of sleds to worry about…things like that.

That south trail, think about it. A person leaving from Newberry with their car could pretty much make it to Tennessee by the time the person grooming that trail managed to “get ‘er dun”!! AND the trails are groomed at a speed of 8-10 mph. Even that will depend on the conditions. I love to drive a tractor, but even if I got comfortable enough and skilled enough to groom a trail, I don’t think anyone could pay me enough to do it. So MY TON OF THANKS GO TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON THAT GROOMS OR EVER GROOMED A TRAIL!!

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