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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, September 14, 2008


I never thought a story of an 18 wheeler loaded with bags of ice could bring a lump to my throat..

Dan and I have been watching all that is going on in the devastated areas that were in the path of Hurricane Ike. In my wildest dreams I cannot even begin to imagine what these people are going through. This is so reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina.

There is a radio station in Texas that is giving away HUGE bags of ice. There is traffic that is lined up for what looks like miles waiting to get a bag of ice. At first, people were allowed to have two bags of ice, but it has been cut back to one. The people who are unloading the semi have started a line, similar to what we could call a bucket brigade only with ice. We have to remember that most likely these people who are helping unload the ice and passing it down the line are probably people in the same living situation as those who are waiting in this long line of cars. But they are there helping.

And there are a lot of stories coming from the ASPCA shelters too; stories that would probably make Noah weep. I think the powers that be DID learn a lot from Katrina in regards to people who would NOT leave their pets behind. The following is taken from FOX News:

The shelter is housing about 300 dogs, 400 cats, 60 horses and 40 other farm animals. The SPCA also has taken in wildlife including pelicans, falcons, owls, ducks and the bear, which is part of an animal cruelty case.

Smaller pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards and hamsters — and even some baby squirrels the SPCA is nursing — are staying at the center too.

Mercer advised people who see or have animals in need of rescue to call the hotline. She said staff would be prioritizing the rescue efforts and working primarily on "the animals in the greatest danger." Veterinarians are on hand to perform surgeries as needed.

She also warned that there would likely be a flood of strays in the streets because of pets left behind in the storm. Animal control authorities will be taking care of them.

Luckily, help is on the way for the Houston SPCA. Mercer said teams from Colorado animal shelters as well as those from the Los Angeles and Louisiana SPCAs and others around the country are flying in to provide support.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and their pets that are in these areas.

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