OK, friends, I can share something with you now that I’ve wanted to tell you about since Dan and I returned from our vacation. There was another group of people that I felt I should tell before sharing it with all of you.
I let it be known tonight at the TASA meeting that I would not run for the secretary position at the election this spring. It isn’t that my not running is a big deal, but the problem is that it is hard to find people willing to step up and commit to serve on a board. So, in fairness to the board and the TASA members, I wanted it known NOW instead of at election time the end of March. So this would also mean that Dan will not be grooming snowmobile trails for TASA next winter.
Dan and I have decided that for the fall/winter of 2009-2010 that we are going to close completely and head south. We are hoping that Santa will bring us a 5th wheel in the spring so we don’t have to spend 4-6 months in a pop up camper! Actually I KNOW we won’t spend that kind of time in a pop up camper!
There is a slim possibility that we MIGHT end up here yet next winter, but we are trying very hard to make our “dream” happen. We would come back in the spring in order to open up for the spring/summer and early fall tourism season. And with this condition I have (cold urticaria), it will be nice to be someplace where I might not have to worry about that.
I am spending a lot of time online researching various areas where we could get positions. There is one in particular that we are both very interested in and I don’t want to jinx our chances by telling you ALL the info about it just yet. But I will tell you it is in North Carolina and very close to the ocean. So then our concern wouldn’t be hives, but hurricanes…hmmm.
There was a position in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico working at a hot springs resort area that was VERY tempting; the Rio Grande River in one direction and the mountains in another. However, Dan and I don’t think we could go very long looking at cactus and “brush” instead of real trees and grass. We haven’t made up our minds on applying there or not.
It must seem like the fall/winter of 2009-2010 is a long ways off, but when you are trying to make plans like this, it really is not that far away. I have created folders to put in my filing cabinet as well as specific folders in my Outlook email program. I was getting confused as to who I had contacted and who I had heard back from. And some places require background checks while others just want 3 good references. Having been self employed for the past 16 years, it seems strange trying to “put ourselves out there”!
Each day brings new opportunities and I’m glad I have the time to do the research. And wherever we go, we will have a laptop to keep in touch and of course keep Yooper Yarns up and running!
- Cathy Clementz
- 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!