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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, February 05, 2007


Dan and I are fortunate to have some very wonderful neighbors. The one I want to tell you about is Mic McNamara.

Mic owns and operates his own logging business. You may remember that this summer when that awful storm went through and took out 33+ trees in our campground that I sang high praises for Mic.

Mic came to the rescue again today. Many of you may know that our area has been in a deep freeze with terrible wind chills, sometimes as low as -35°. The snow has blown so much for so long that even when you shovel or plow, 30 minutes later you can’t even tell it. There have also been cases of frost bite from snowmobilers.

Hubby Dan had a Drs appointment today in St. Ignace that he made 3 months ago so there wasn’t anyway that he wanted to have to cancel it. Our property is in desperate need of snow plowing. We had cabin guests that checked out today and after a lot of back and forth driving, they managed to get out and on the road. Some of our other guests don’t leave till Wednesday and the others don’t leave till Sunday. Dan thought he would be able to catch up with the plowing MAYBE this afternoon when he got back from St. Ignace. The wind had died down and it actually wasn’t too bad out today; up to 21° for a while (with sunshine.)

In the meantime, one of the families that store their snowmobile trailer here TRIED to get in the driveway so they could get it to their assigned parking spot and head home downstate. Long story short, between the long trailer, the drifts in the driveway and life in general, it wasn’t happening. Dan had tried once this morning before he left to start our front end loader, but it needs a good charging and we figured he’d deal with it when he got home this afternoon. So, I knew it wasn’t going to do ME any good to even go to the barn to try to start the loader.

I called our neighbor, Mic, and within 5 minutes, he was down here with his big front end loader (and it has an enclosed cab; ours does not) and made short work of clearing out the mess of snow that was causing us so much grief. Not only did he plow a big path up our campground road and into the campground, but he also plowed out the site where the man was trying to get his trailer on and Mic also did a bunch more “clean up” as he called it. On his way out he even cleaned up the end of our driveway and leveled that all off (where the fella had been stuck).

It is so wonderful to have a neighbor and friend like the McNamara’s because by the time Dan did get home, Mic was about done doing what he was doing. Dan had just enough time for me to pack him a “lunch” and fix him some supper before HE had to leave to go groom the south trail to Trout Lake. Dan will still have a lot of plowing to do tomorrow, but without Mic, I don’t know what I would have done.

I know Mic doesn’t read this, but if any of you know Mic, you know what a great guy he is and you can give him a big pat on the back for also being a great neighbor.

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