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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!

Monday, August 20, 2007


The Department of Natural Resources’ Emergency Command Center was deactivated today at noon.

A fire was spotted near Hulbert in Chippewa County this morning. Resources were released temporarily from the Sleeper Lake Fire for initial attack on this fire. The fire was contained at 14.9 acres.

Additional spot fires occurred on the west side of the Sleeper Lake Fire today. Firefighters were able to contain these fires with the assistance of an additional bulldozer assigned from another area of the fire. Firefighters continue to hold and patrol existing control lines, extend hose lays and continue mop up operations in portions of the fire.

The suppression techniques currently being used are being called a water show. Firefighters are using miles of hose lays, irrigation pipe and sprinklers, and pumps to get water to various locations on the fire. The north and northeastern portions of the fire held well and mop up continues in these areas. The eastern side of the fire (Division Echo) is also holding and currently has more then 3 miles of hose lays.

An inversion is expected tomorrow morning in the vicinity of the fire. This may cause poor visibility due to smoke. Please drive with caution, keep your lights on and consider delaying your travel in this area until after 10:30 a.m. when the inversion is likely to lift.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE; Last night I had a gal call who camps with us every year the end of August for a week and of course she had heard all kinds of rumors about the whole U.P. being ablaze. I was explaining it all to her and told her that it is basically burning one foot to two feet underground and before I could go any further she said "Oh my God!!! How would you ever know if it was under your camper!" For anyone else that might have that concern, this fire is burning in a marsh, a peat bog and this is very rich organic "stuff". It isn't going to burn through sand, or clay. PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE U.P. IS SAFE!!! WE ARE SAFE!! Unless you had some crazed desire to try to walk out across that marsh, you will be FINE!!!!


  1. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Oh my god!!............... seriously?? How do some people get through life being so outright stupid? Duh.

  2. I am at the point I just don't know what to expect or even say anymore. I don't want to offend people. The Newberry Chamber is going through the same thing...all these phone calls of people in a panic.

    And if this isn't enough, check out the newest "issue" on my guestbook on our main website. The gal that calls herself Ellen had posted a "not so nice" message earlier this month or the end of July, so the original message will be a couple of pages back, but you'll get the idea. I need a vacation. A trip to Cedar Point would be nice about now!

  3. Doug and Carla from Ft. Wayne5:09 PM

    We think you need and deserve a vacation too! Would you like us to post a comment on your guest book? We have stayed with you several times and LOVE your park!


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