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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!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

EARLY CAMPING IN THE U.P. OF MICHIGAN

TELEPHONE: RIIINNNNGGGGG!!!!

ME: Clementz’s Northcountry Campground & Cabins. This is Cathy

CALLER: Are you open?

ME: No, I’m sorry we’re not. We will open May 9th.”

CALLER: Then why are you answering the phone??! I need a place to camp for the night. We came from New York.

ME: I’m sorry, but as I said we don’t open till May 9th.

CALLER: Could you put me up for the night? I need water, electric and sewer.

ME: No, we cannot. For one thing, the gates are locked, for another there is still about 10” to 15” of snow on the campsites, plus the water won’t be turned on to the campground till possibly mid May when it stops getting below freezing at night.

CALLER: Do you know of any place else that would be able to give us what we need?

ME: Not in the U.P., not this time of year. You might find campgrounds with electric hook up, but no one up here would have water turned on to campsites yet. The Falls State Park might be open and they would have electric only but the bathhouse wouldn’t be open yet. Possibly you could check your campground directory. (I don’t think he had one)

CALLER: Thanks anyway.

Just a word of advice to people venturing to our neck of the woods this time of year with their camper; GET A CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY AND CHECK IT BEFORE LEAVING HOME. Any campgrounds that MIGHT be open in Northern Michigan and/or the U.P. will probably only have electric hook ups and there is a good possibility that the bathhouse might not be open yet either. I am sorry that we could not help this person, but even if we made an exception and opened a gate for him, chances are he would have gotten stuck in the snow on a campsite or tore up our very soft driveway. And there would have been no hook up (except for electric) and no bathhouse.

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