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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!

Friday, June 15, 2007


One of the joys of living in the U.P. is supposed to be the seasonally mild temps in the summer. Yesterday, we were at 104° for about an hour. It finally cooled off to a chilly 99° by late afternoon. And we are so DRY!! Fire danger will be extreme soon. We need rain so badly that even the trees are whistling for the dogs to pay them a visit. The fortunate thing has been the humidity has been around 28% to 35% and dewpoints haven’t gotten much above 45% most of the time. BUT with the lack of moisture in the air, people are getting nosebleeds because they are dehydrated!

One thing you learn when it is hot like this and your vehicle has been closed up (or even open for that matter) is that your seat belt can make a handy branding iron…and just TRY grasping the steering wheel with more than just your finger tips. You need pot holders to drive…while you lean forward because even cloth seats are HOT.

And I don’t understand what is up with the earth worms! They have to be on a suicide mission because they have been crawling out of the ground and trying to inch across the sidewalk…only to cook to death before they get to the other side. And the robins won’t even attempt to pry them off the sidewalk. So every day I have to go out and “scrub” fried worms off the sidewalk. I have never seen this happen before. The only thing I can think of is that even the ground is too warm and the worms are trying to escape even THAT heat.

And we’ve been filling up the front end loader “bucket” twice a week to water young trees. There is one tree in the campground that I can carry water to from the campsite it is on. You KNOW that it is warm when the water coming out of a faucet that is supposed to be COLD water is lukewarm water! The water line is about 3-5’ underground! I carried 4 5 gallon buckets of water from this faucet and the water never got cold!

We are supposed to have a respite tomorrow with temps ONLY in the low 80’s. I can hardly wait. Maybe then when Dan is done on the "throne" he won't have condensation on his butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.

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