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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!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ONLY IN DA U.P, EH?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO OR FROM OUR GUESTS;

GUESTS (2 young men from Chicago): So, what kind of night life is there around here?
ME (having fun with their question): Oh, geez! There is all kinds of night life! You will hear packs of coyotes yipping and howling (especially after a kill), you can hear owls, sometimes the Northern Lights just are amazing.
GUEST: No, we meant isn't there any bars around here? But just out of curiosity, how close do the coyotes get to the campground?


ME: What kind of dog is that? It looks like a cross between a Doberman and a Lab.
GUEST: He is part Lab and part psychopath.



GUEST: How far are the Falls from here?
ME: About 20 miles.
GUEST: That’s not very far to drive. I thought it was farther than that. How far away is the fire from you?
ME: About 20 miles north of us is where they seem to be working the hardest.
GUEST: So JUST how far is that 20 miles to the fire?
ME: About as far as it is from here to the Tahquamenon Falls.
GUEST: Oh….




ME: Did you enjoy your stay?
GUEST: Yes, but I’m anxious to get home!
ME: Missing your family?
GUEST: I miss my dog, but I am so sick of looking at trees. I’ve never seen so many trees in one place!
ME: Don’t you have trees in ______? (left out to protect the innocent)
GUEST: Yes, but all you have here is trees! And hardly any cars! We went to Manistique and we didn’t see any cars for about an hour!
ME: There is a Yooper joke that goes like this; HEADLINES IN THE PAPER; SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT IN DA U.P! IMAGINE THAT! TWO CARS IN DA U.P. BEING IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME!



GUEST: I’m trying to find out the name of a tree I saw today.
ME; Can you describe it for me?
GUEST: It had a lot of dead leaves on it, real yellow brownish looking..
ME: Dead leaves, hmm, that is gonna be hard to tell. Are you sure they were leaves and not pine needles?
GUEST: I don’t know! That is why I’m asking you!

(We never did figure this one out, but I THINK this person had seen a Tamarack, which is a type of pine. In the fall, they turn a golden yellow and eventually the tree looks pretty ugly. Come spring again, it shoots off young needles, which are VERY soft and feathery).

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