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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 24, 2007


With all that has been going on the past 20+ days, I've kind of lost track of other things.

I udpate the fall color report for the Eastern U.P. I haven't even taken the time to notice what has been going on with the trees! I have noticed that my lilac bushes, which cannot be destroyed, even by an act of Congress, have looked pretty pathetic..all wilted, etc.

But the TREES ARE TURNING!!! We know that most of this is due to the stress of not having any rain. I noticed that the younger Balm O' Gileads (probably not spelling that correctly) have yellow leaves!!! Some of the choke cherries are loosing their yellow leaves! The maples are getting a pinkish tinge to parts of the leaves! Ferns are turning yellow AND brown!!!

IN years past, I have been concerned that it would be a short "color season" and we wouldn't see too many "leaf peepers". The past several years has not given us much rain either, but this year has been particularly bad (especially when the winter was so mild..not much snow). So, I can't even venture a guess as to whether we'll have spectacular colors or if they will hang on very long or not.

Just keep checking the fall color report which can be found at http://www.northcountrycampground.com/. I will start updating it probably within a week.

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