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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!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


We left Fort Boonesborough and the calm and peacefulness that we had experienced for about 2 weeks; headed for all 8 lanes of I-75 towards Cincinnati and on through Dayton. We decided to hold off on Hocking Hills, Ohio for the next trip and just see about getting back to Michigan that day.
It was late afternoon when we arrived at Dundee, Michigan. We enjoy going to Cabela’s and figured this would be a good place to spend our last night on the road. Instead of setting up the camper, we checked into the Days Inn, which up till about 2 years ago had been the Comfort Inn. We still had plenty of daylight so headed for Cabela’s. Since we were still pulling the camper around with us, we had to park out in their “west 40 acres”. The place was packed so we probably would have had to park there regardless.

We never did find out what exactly was going on that day (which was November 2nd), but outside of Cabela’s there was an elephant ear concession and a bunch of other stuff that we couldn’t get close to even if we had a desire to. It was like a circus without the tents.

Dan and I didn’t spend much time in the store; it was shoulder to shoulder hacking, coughing people. All Dan wanted to find was some pistol grips and he never did find them and even if he had, it probably would have taken an hour to get checked out. We hiked back to where we parked and decided to go to supper. The only place we could park (again because we had the camper on behind the truck) was Applebee’s. We had our supper and went back to the motel. It wasn’t even dark yet but we were so tired.

The room had two queen size beds and to tell you the truth, I was really looking forward to stretching out in one of those beds. After spending two weeks inside a sleeping bag, the bed was a welcome site. I thought this must be how a butterfly feels upon emerging from the chrysalis.

We left early the next morning and made it to the bridge about 2 p.m. The white towers of Mighty Mac were a welcome sight, but also a let down because it meant the vacation was over and it was time to get back to BAU.

We feel blessed that we had a safe trip and that everything WAS OK when we arrived home.

Dan and I have already started planning next fall’s adventure which probably WILL include a stop by Cedar Point (I haven’t been on a coaster in several years!), a couple of nights at Hocking Hills, Ohio, maybe Gettysburg, getting to Cataloochee and for sure getting to Lynchburg for the BBQ doings!

This is the end (lucky you) so I’ll get back to my regular type of posts soon!

Thanks for taking the time to read our travelogue!



  1. Anonymous10:10 AM

    WE hated to see your trip come to an end too. my husband and I have been following your blog for a long time and have really enjoyed the photos and stories about this trip. Maybe we'll get to go sometime. Hope your mother enjoys it too. Too bad she can't go with you next time.

  2. Thanks. We hated to see it end too!

    My mother would not enjoy the way we travel. She likes staying in cozy cabins, not campgrounds. :-)

  3. Anonymous2:37 PM

    An answer to your question. What was going on at Cabale's? That't the norm around there this time of year. Always something going on to get more people in the door. It always busy like that this time of year. Come around Christmas you can barely get through the store. Lucky for me (I quess) I live 15 minutes away and can also come back later.

    PS. Love your blog. Have a cabin near the falls and always check in to see what's going on in your neck of the woods.

  4. Anonymous, Thanks for the info. And we will pass on coming at Christmas time! Neither one of us could handle that crowd!I WAS considering an elephant ear though!

    Glad you enjoy the blog and find it useful!

  5. Anonymous1:14 AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog
    and seeing the pics.



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