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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, November 26, 2007


Our furnace in our home has been “dead for going on two days now. So for two days I have been typing with winter gloves on…not my “cold hand and finger gloves”, but REAL gloves that cover everything. I have actually gotten pretty proficient at it but I DO thank MS for spell check! Some of these words look pretty strange when typing with cumbersome gloves on my hands!

We are fortunate that it has only gotten down to about 31° at night. That makes it about 46 in the house in the a.m. The part for the furnace won’t be in till tomorrow and it is supposed to be in the 20’s tonight. Dan and I were going to take the dogs and go stay in the Little Lodge but instead we just dressed warmer at bedtime and cranked the heat up on high on the heated mattress pad. Living in da U.P. ain’t for sissies, eh??

The main purpose of this update is to let you know on Wednesday (if all goes as planned) I will be emailing our first edition of TASA TALK! This will be sent as an attachment via the distribution list of people who signed up for TASA TALK. It is done in MS Word. What I need from YOU is to know if you have problems opening the attachment. If you do, please email me at cclementz@lighthouse.net and let me know what operating system you use and if you got any “error messages” and what they said.

Eventually TASA TALK is supposed to be available via www.thetrailblog.com and I THINK you will be able to sign up there to get it by email too. That is still in the works.

AND DON’T FORGET THE TASA PHOTO CONTEST!!! IT IS “HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!” There are some very nice prizes. Info can be found at www.visitnewberry.com/photocontest as well as www.tasatrails.com. I realize it might be inconvenient to have to mail REAL photos by snail mail but that is the way we have to do it for this year. Actually, it isn’t all that hard to get photos made from digital; there are a LOT of online options, some people have their own photo printers and most drug stores can make photos from digitals. PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS FIRST CONTEST A HUGE SUCCESS SO IT CAN GROW AND GROW!!!PLEASE start looking through your photos or get prepared to take news ones!

While we are talking about snow and opening dates of the trails, I do need to remind you as I do EVERY year that many trail systems cross private property and the trails are gated off for a reason. For this discussion, I’m going to be talking about the TASA trail system (Newberry area). Snowmobilers know that the Michigan trails officially open December 1st. HOWEVER, SOME OF THE TRAILS THAT CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY DO NOT OPEN TILL MUZZLE LOADING SEASON IS OVER! The gates will NOT be opened until then. This year, in our area that season runs from December 7th to December 16th, meaning the gates will be open (assuming there is snow) on December 17th. This normally just affects the north trail system OUT of Newberry. You CAN ride anything beyond the 3 Mile staging area and North after December 1st but from the staging area by the RR tracks in Newberry TO the 3 Mile staging area, THAT IS TOTALLY OFF LIMITS! DO NOT GO AROUND GATES! Not only is it possible you could be arrested for trespassing but you COULD get shot! Who wants to be in the line of fire of a serious deer hunter???

Clubs are very fortunate to have private land owners give us permission to cross their property for use of snowmobiling so don’t screw it up! They have every right to deny access at any time for any reason and we could loose a LOT of the trail system if that were to happen. IT already has happened over in the Marquette area.

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