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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!

Sunday, July 15, 2007


I never thought, as an adult, that I would get wound up about MUD PUDDLES!!! But we actually had MUD PUDDLES yesterday morning!!! And that big old lilac bush is grinning from branch to branch! It once again has sprightly leaves! We still have brown grass, but there is now green mixed in with it. WE HAD RAIN!!! That doesn’t mean we can’t use more, but this was a start!

I don’t’ know how familiar you are with poplar trees, but they grow on a root system. They are not long lived, but they can become quite large. And they grow quickly. Anyway, last fall we had to take two or three poplars out of our yard because the wood peckers had damaged them so badly. These were still “young trees” and were only about 15 foot tall. The thing about removing these trees is that they will produce more and more trees because there is always some bit of the root system left in the ground. And as you pull the new trees out of the ground, 6 more pop up to take their place. This can be a good thing, if you want to jump start a forest. But right now, our yard is a mess of young poplars doing their best to take over the yard. If the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood lived nearby, they would be daunted with the forest we have started in our yard (and we all know how THEY liked the woods!). I have pulled them, whacked them and even tried to poison them, but as I said, ya pull up one and 6 more appear. For as dry as it has been, they are growing in record numbers. I wish white pine trees grew this way!

Keep in mind if you are going to be in the area the weekend of July 27th, there are a couple of really cool events going on;

July 28, 200714th ANNUAL CAR SHOW TahquamenonValley Cruisers Car Show. Downtown Newberry. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m.Trophies for 26 classes will be awarded at 4:00 PM.Fun and Kids Games throughout the day Engine Blowup Contest 50/50 Raffle Jail & Bail all day. Plus a Cruise Night Friday, July 27th Meet at the Island Grill at 5:00 PM. There will be Car Hops & Burger Specials. Then the cruise to Muskellunge Lake State Park

July 28 and 29, 2007Lumberjack breakfast 7 a.m. to noon, logging contests, crafts, tours at the Logging Museum, Newberry

We are not too far from either one of these events, so you could reserve a campsite with us! Hope to see ya soon!

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