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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!

Thursday, February 22, 2007



One of our guests (who wants to remain nameless…I don’t know why!!) wants this collage of photos to serve as a warning to other sledders who might not realize the chance of an avalanche DOES exist in the Newberry area.
Our nameless guest was sitting in a local establishment, enjoying his drink when he heard a sort of "roaring" sound and wondered "What the heck is that?" It sounded like it was coming from over head. When his other friends arrived to pick him up (nameless was having sled problems and needed to load his sled to get something fixed), they couldn’t figure out where nameless’s sled was…it HAD been there when they left to come back to the Little Lodge for the trailer. Nameless finally came outside only to find his sled BURIED under all of this snow that had slid off the roof! Fortunately, they were able to borrow a couple of shovels and dig the sled out. Aside from a broken pride there is also a broken windshield.

So, two lessons; be careful where you park and yes there can be a HUGE amount of snow dropped in the U.P. JUST THAT QUICK!

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