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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, August 17, 2007


The fire is now 65% contained.

The speed limit on a portion of M-123 has been increased from 25 mph to 45.

7000' of pipe has been laid on the west side of the fire for irrigation purposes and will be doing a lot more ground fighting than air fighting of the fire.

Tonight, they will be performing night flights with night vision goggles to locate any hot spots.

The fire is burning 2' under ground in some spots and is making some trees very unstable.

A female fire fighter had a slight injury yesterday. Even with all the protective gear, hard hats, goggles, etc, an ember found a spot on her forehead and she was burned. She was treated on site and released back into duty.

Thursday night was the last night of night time operations.

On a personal note, it is like October today! Very windy and the clouds look like autumn instead of August! We're getting a BIT of a pungent smell, which is most likely that peat burning. It is trying to sprinkle, but nothing to get excited about...darn.

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