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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!

Saturday, September 22, 2007


We love our dogs, you know that by now. And what may be something to cause you to chuckle when a 10 pound Shih-tzu does it, does not necessarily have the same conclusion when a 60 pound Husky does that very same thing.

When Chewy, the little dog, does this, we know it is time to take her to the vet. Ya just can’t help but snicker as she scoots around in a circle. She looks like a wind up toy. When NICK does it, plopping his big rear end down, using his front legs to drag his rear down the (uncarpeted) hall way his lip curled up over his teeth and contentment on his face…it just doesn’t have the same result (reminds you of a demented train engineer) And he doesn’t do this in slow mode. No, he takes off like a ruptured duck. If this was a 3 legged race, he’d be the winner. I think this is all part of “the game” to him. I mean, what would we do if we caught him anyway?? We yell, “Nick, stop that!!” He keeps his head reared back, his butt on the floor and keeps right on a truckin’. I’m surprised he hasn’t combined this activity with a howl. Then maybe it WOULD be something to laugh at. When he gets to the end of the hallway, he does stand up, shakes it off and saunters on back to where we are. I seriously think he just wants to amuse us…which I guess it does or I wouldn’t be telling you about it.

Skunks continue to be a BIG problem. They are doing quite a bit of excavating in the campground, digging holes which I suppose they are looking for grubs?? We continue to advise our guests of the critters of the marsh and to make sure they keep their dogs on a leash, etc, etc. Some people just don’t listen (or don’t care??). One skunk opened up his arsenal on a person’s two dogs, but only after the dogs decided to play with the “kitty”. “Kitty” didn’t take kindly to the dogs. There was a lot of screaming and screeching…and that was just the owner. Then you should have heard the wife! It even made MY ears burn! Needless to say the dogs were not allowed back in the motor home until they’d been “de-skunked” a couple of times. The whole campground reeked heavily of the odor of skunk, scared dogs and deflated hubby. This family learned the hard way. Several years ago we had another guest that this happened to. This family had two large black labs and they both got sprayed. It took a couple of days at least to get the odor out of the area and off from them. Would you believe that the guy let his dogs out again all by themselves about 4 mornings later and the same thing happened again??? HELLLL-OOOO???!!!! Your village called. Their idiot is missing!

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