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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!

Saturday, February 17, 2007


I have permission to share some of the "high speed chase" story with you. There are so many "twists and turns" with this story so I will try to keep it short. I may not have all the details correct and some of it might not all make sense just yet.

Before you read any further, I want to tell you that I posted this on the Eastern U.P. message board yesterday and my last sentence upset someone. I said “They should stick to a race track”. It wasn’t my intention to offend any one who use to race or does race, but I still believe in free speech and being allowed to express my opinion. As I stated on the board (after a comment made by a reader) I will probably be the most PC person you will ever meet and I don’t go out of my way to offend anyone. I look at my comment in this light; my daughter use to have a harness racing license. I use to own a quarter horse that was raced. If I saw a horse and rider or a horse and driver in a sulky going lickety split down the highway, I would say that THEY should stick to a race track too! I wouldn’t be offended by it. So with that said, here’s the beginning of the story…hopefully we’ll have the ending of it some time soon!

So far I know that the sled they were pursuing was clocked at 120 mph….going right down M-123. The roads were icy so the patrol cars couldn’t safely travel much over 70 mph. The patrol sleds were “bringing up the rear”. At several times it appeared as if they had the driver of the sled “boxed in”, but he managed to squeeze through. At one point, one of the Law Enforcement personnel had to jump out of the way to avoid being run over.

This all started out as what was going to be a simple stop to tell this man to NOT ride on M-123 but to get back on the snowmobile trail. It wasn’t even a matter of issuing a ticket…not till this all happened. Many people could have been seriously injured or killed that night. This is still all under investigation. Hopefully there will be an update for us with a "happy" ending. Someone like this shouldn’t be allowed on a trail. They should stick to a race track.

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