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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!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


This is a big week for me!!!! I get my orthotics Wednesday! True, I have to drive 76 miles one way to get them, but even at that I am excited!!!! I hope this is the best $547 that I ever spent! My ankle stills bothers me and my achilles tendon sputters at various times for no reason, but I hope these things will eliminate all of that! I want to get out and walk without fear of ending up on crutches again!!!

I had a wee surprise this a.m. I was coming back from checking the bathhouse about 6 a.m. and I looked out towards our "pet cemetary". I saw, what I thought, was the neighbors little Shih-tzu out there. His name is Oreo...after the cookie...he is black and white....and so is a skunk. And a skunk it was. I wasn't worried about him/her because of the distance between us but I WAS watching the skunk as I was approaching our yard. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something black in OUR yard. "Oh, this is just great!" I said outloud. But by the time I got those words out of my mouth I realized what I saw was a black squirrel. There wouldn't have been any safe way for me to get to our yard and into the office if it HAD been a skunk. They don't run off like the squirrels do!

Dan's garden has washed out for the last time. He figures if he's planted it twice that was enough. This is the first year in SEVERAL years that he hasn't had a nice big garden. We'll be lucky if we get tomatoes and peppers! At least last year's garden produced enough buttermilk squash that I've still got enough in the freezer to get us through this winter. What we both woudln't give for some good SWEET CORN! One of the things we miss about having a longer growing season (when we lived "below da bridge").

There still isn't a lot of traffic on the road and still not seeing a lot of RV's traveling. So, don't forget to check out our camping specials on our website at www.northcountrycampground.com. Also, check out the new calendar of events at www.newberrytourism.com. There is still a lot going on this summer!

Catch ya later!

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