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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!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Today has to be MY lucky day!

When I go out to check the bathhouse and open the Laundromat in the morning, it is still a bit dark outside. Plus this a.m. it was still sprinkling and lightening but I decided to walk out to the bathhouse just like I always do (vs. getting in my little SUV and driving out)

However, I decided to cut across our “bird yard” instead of taking the sidewalk. We have a sign in our yard that says “LOW FLYING BIRD AREA. PLEASE USE SIDEWALK”, so, we always try to do exactly what we expect our guests to do but this a.m. I decided to “live dangerously” and cut across the yard.

I was about ½ ways across, which this part of the yard is right outside our dining room window where one of the hummer feeders is. I heard a “rustling” sound in the plants by the house and looked down to see a SKUNK!!! We were both surprised, so I donned my “SCREAM MASK” and shrieked on the inside. You have NO idea how fortunate I was! The skunk respectfully ambled off around the corner of the house and I back tracked to the sidewalk. The big black fluffy tail had assumed the position of firing, but THANK GOODNESS nothing happened!

I continued on to the bathhouse, looking back over my shoulder to see if I could tell where the skunk disappeared to…and hoping he/she hasn’t taken up residence UNDER our home. I never did see him/her again (hard to see at this time of day but those white markings stick out quite clearly!!).

I always check the men’s room first then go around the backside of the bathhouse to the women’s room. I was about ½ ways around the backside and there was another skunk (it couldn’t possibly have been the same one…not unless it has bionic legs or rode out there on an air current) on the other side of the bathhouse. This one didn’t notice me, so I backed up until I could disappear around the corner. Needless to say, the women’s room never did get “checked” this morning but I did manage to get to the Laundromat and unlock it. I even managed to get back to the house without seeing any more skunks or getting struck by lightening (which I thought about as I was holding the keys in my hand and a big bolt of lightening seared the sky right in front of my skunk shocked eyes).

(Did any of you see the eclipse this a.m? I got up around 4 a.m. to find the moon but it was too cloudy. Then a bit later it started thundering and raining so I don't think anyone in our area was able to view it)


  1. Anonymous6:12 PM

    I watched the eclipse this morning, in between checking my vendors in with their deliveries. I went out about every 10 minutes or so and got to see the full eclipse, but I did not get to see the reverse due to the moon dropping behind the trees beofre it was done. It was awesome!!! Jo kolka

  2. Anonymous, it was your lucky day too then! I wish I could have seen it but I'm glad we got that rain!


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