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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, March 15, 2007


I guess it has been a few days since I updated! Time goes too fast anymore. I think I told you in my last update that from here on out updates wouldn’t be as often.

Dan will have his right knee replaced April 11th in the Soo. While we were in the Soo the other day (and just why is it called THE Soo??? You don’t say THE Newberry, or THE Detroit) we went for lunch at the Antlers. Dan’s birthday is March 19th so I told him for his birthday present we’d go out to lunch, his pick of restaurant. We hadn’t been there in a LONG time.

Dan ordered the beef burrito and I had the chicken chimichanga (you may remember my LAST ordeal with a chicken chimi from the Soo!). THESE THINGS WERE HUGE!!! AND SO VERY GOOD!!! And I’m glad we did NOT order extra cheese; there was enough cheese to choke a horse! Prior to our meal arriving, we thought we would stop at the Little Caesar’s and get one of those $5.00 pizza’s to bring home for later in the evening.

While we were there we saw someone who looked very familiar and before we said anything to this fella, we wanted to make sure it was him. It was Charlie Autterson; he USE to own Timber Charlie’s in Newberry and he was over helping at the Antler’s (more or less managing it from the sounds of it). We talked for a bit and I mentioned that we were “celebrating” Dan’s birthday early. When we were done with our meal (I ended up getting a Styrofoam box for mine!) and had already decided we did NOT want to smell pizza for 72 miles, Charlie had this wonderfully, decadent, chocolate brownie, ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream dessert delivered to our table. It was in a good size bowl with two spoons. After that we KNEW we didn’t want any pizza or anything else for a LONG while! All we wanted to do when we got in our car was go to sleep! 72 miles home never seemed SO LONG. Normally we get a 2nd wind after a big meal, but we both just wanted to crawl into bed. For those of you who know Charlie, he hasn’t changed a bit. We let him know that he was missed.

We have officially closed our business till mid May. It always seems strange this time of year when we are closed. This will be the 3rd year that we haven’t been able to take a vacation so we hope next year, neither one of us has to have any surgery and we’ll be able to go someplace. The first part of April, we’ll probably venture downstate to see our family and friends but that will be about it for this year. We hope next year to go to Gettysburgh and back into Tennessee. We LOVE Elkmont Campground in the Smokies…especially when there are bear outside of your tent walking around at night. That adds an element of excitement to trying to get to sleep or trying to get brave enough to walk across the campground to the restrooms.

AND THE MUSHROOMS IN THAT CAMPGROUND ARE HUGE! AND YOU AREN’T SUPPOSED TO PICK THEM BECAUSE IT IS INSIDE THE NATIONAL PARK! I swear, the yellow mushrooms are all as big as pop cans! Last time we were down there, we were walking the dogs around the campground roads and Dan held out his hand and said “Will ya look at this?!” I smacked the underside of his hand and that mushroom went on the wing over his shoulder. He looked positively bewildered and said “What the hell did you do that for??” I pointed to a sign that basically said “DON’T PICK ANYTHING.” WHAT A WASTE!!! Can you imagine mushrooms as big as pop cans, cooking over a campfire in a cast iron skillet???? Ya’d only need two of those things to make a meal for two people!

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