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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!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I've had a couple of emails in regards to my purple toes so first, thanks for your concern! But I swear, it is NOT sugar. It is just one of the joys of having frost bitten my toes several years ago. I just have to be extremely careful and since it had not bothered me in such a long time I guess I wasn't being careful enough. I have 4 purple toes as of this a.m and I'll have to keep a close watch of them. How much excitement do I have in my life??!!! I get to watch my toes!

And someone else emailed and wanted to know about the cleats I referred to. Some people refer to these things as ice grippers. It is a rubber contraption that you pull on over your boots or shoes. On the bottom of this contraption is some sharp, razor like metal objects that hopefully keep you from slipping on the ice. I have another pair that instead of the razor like objects have 4 "pins" on the bottom; two on top and two at the bottom side.

Baby it is COLD!!! We are currently at -4 degrees! Our driveway is a mess from where it had thawed, we'd driven out and now it has frozen. There are 8" ruts for almost the length of our driveway. I can imagine what some of the trails must look like if there were people out on their sleds! But TASA will have those whipped into shape. The rain and refreezing usually end up helping the trails in the long run...gives a good base. Now we need more snow!

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