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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, August 09, 2008


Remember the stories I have told you about people hitting the signs that are IN THE BRIGHT YELLOW CURBS in the middle of the driveway? Here’s another one for ya; there was an older couple staying with us in the campground. You couldn’t ask for nicer people. They had been in and out several times with their car so they knew the curbs were there.

One day, this couple was headed out the drive with their car and suddenly I heard a strange, crunching noise. Then a car door slammed. Then a woman started talking at full volume and there were a few foreign words thrown in for good measure (by foreign I DO mean a different country…possibly Germany). I looked out to see what was going on. The poor older gentleman had backed his car up and OVER one of those curbs and there he was….he was definitely stuck. (All I could think of was an OLD I Love Lucy show where Lucy was riding a race horse alongside a train. Every time they came to an object in the way, Lucy would shout “Up and over, Annabelle!”) That car was not going any place.

Dan was already talking with them, trying to figure out how to get the curb out from under the vehicle (these curbs are very heavy and even if Dan didn’t have a bad back, it would be a difficult endeavor to remove the curb from under the car). This was my “shake my head and walk away” moment. Ya know the old fella had to have been thoroughly embarrassed by the whole thing.

With some direction from Dan, the man got his jack out and jacked up the back end of the car far enough for Dan to get the rounded end of a shovel under the curb. That allowed Dan to put pressure on the shovel handle and raise the curb up enough so Dan could then secure a rope under the curb and “tie it off”. (The man was putting pressure on the handle so I was fervently praying that the older man could hold that pressure long enough for Dan to get his hands out of the way). Dan had to sit on the gravel with his legs out in front of him and pull with all his might to slide the 6’ curb out from under the car. TAH-DAH!! It worked!

The man and woman got back in their car and left for the day. OH, I did find out from Dan that on their original trip out, the man had remembered he needed to go to the dumpster to get rid of a bag of garbage he had brought up in his car. Instead of trying to do a “U-turn”, he backed UP and was going to turn around…and that is when he came in contact with the curb. But he was pretty determined to turn around and get to the dumpster so he kept on gunning it to back up and that was how he managed to get the curb under the car (not get the car over the curb!). They apparently forgot all about the garbage because after they were “cut loose”, they didn’t attempt to go to the dumpster. Before they left he and Dan checked the car over and it looked fine. There didn’t seem to be any damage.

The man told Dan that just 1 month ago they had paid the car off. The older lady had a few more German words to say but we think it translated to “We suffer from payitoffitus”.

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