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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, July 18, 2008


This story appears in the Detroit Free Press. Maggie, from the KOA, owns the Newberry KOA on M-28 just east of the junction of M-28 and M-123.

Click on the link to read the article;

Unhappy campers: Weather, gas prices alter vacation plansDetroit Free Press - United States... the southeast Michigan area, and we're seeing more people camping in tents," he said. Herta added that more people are taking advantage of a DNR program ...

On a personal note;We are running about 28-32% occupancy in our 50 site park. Most of the time our 7 of our 8 full hook ups are occupied, usually a couple of water and electric sites and maybe 2-4 tent campers, so I guess things could be worse. I think any business owner is scared of what next season will bring. A lot of people just don't get that it IS a trickle down effect. If I have less campers, I have less income. For example, I (and others will spend less on groceries, which means Joe at the IGA might not be able to keep all his employees, which means someone gets fired or laid off. That person might not be able to make his or her car payments then with no job. You get the idea.

Are we headed for the "third world"??


  1. Anonymous10:15 AM

    What we are headed for is the realization that we are not the only country on this planet. And I don't care if gas goes to $100 a gallon, I'll still make the annual pilgrimage to my U.P. mecca, just like I have for the last 37 years.

  2. I may have mentioned one of my fears in a previous post, but what if gas exceeds the minimum wage?

    37 years is a long time to be coming up! And I totally understand your desire to be here!

  3. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Yep, 37 is a long time and thank God I head up on Sunday.


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