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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, December 06, 2008


*Affected Time Zone Disorder
This is a problem suffered by those Yoopers who live on the Central/Eastern time zone line in the southwestern section of da Upper Peninsula. Four counties in da U.P., Menominee, Dickinson, Iron and Gogebic, operate in the Central Time Zone. Those who live in this area are often heard to say, "Is that my time or your time?"

*Apple Knocker
A person from the Lower Peninsula. Usually a hunter who likes to hunt in da U.P.

That stuff in diapers.

Da Yoopers favorite drink.

Big Bad John
Sixty foot statue of a miner that welcomes you to the Iron Mountain iron mine tourist attraction in Vulcan, Michigan.

*Black Ice
It's not in your drink! It's the kind of ice you don't know is on the road until your car starts to go out of control!

Canadians (name most often heard in Sault Ste. Marie "Da Soo")

A native of the neighboring state of Wisconsin.

A deer skin mitten with a wool mitten insert. What Yoopers wear to keep their hands warm. Choppers are also part of Yooper active wear that include a Chuke and a pair of Swampers.

What the Trolls call a stocking cap. A knitted hat usually with a tassel and usually hand knit by your grandmother. Pronounced "Chook, Sounds like book" or "Chuke, Sounds like puke." (see also "Touke").

*Crawler Gear
4WD Low gear in a four-by-four; used for inching or crawling along in treacherous terrain.

Crawling Home Puker

A hamburger-like sandwich with a spicier meat, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.

Da Bears
Da NFL team Da Yoopers hate the most!

*Da Camp
Where male Yoopers go each Fall - Hunting Camp; usually means deer camp

Da Doo Wop Malt Shop
Da ultimate place to go for 50's style malts, sodas and ice cream treats. Enjoy 50's style decor and juke box. Located at the top of the hill in Norway, MI. Turn right at the top of Norway Hill and follow signs.

*Da Locks
The Locks system in the St. Mary's River in Da Soo. Very beneficial maritime navigational aid for shipping, and a source of confusion for Fudgies (Why are the Locks built here? Why weren't they built someplace where more people could see them, like Detroit or Chicago?)

*Da Mitten
Another nickname Yoopers have for da Lower Peninsula.

Da Pack
Da NFL team dat da Yoopers love da most!

*Da Soo
Sault Ste. Marie, Yooperland. Right across the border from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Great White North.

Da Yooper Bowl
This football game was played for the first time, this fall (1996), in California. It featured Steve Mariucci's California Golden Bears against John Ralston and San Jose State. (Mariucci is a native of Iron Mountain. Ralston is a native of Norway, Michigan.)

*Da Yoopers
Not only means the inhabitants of Michigan's UP, but also the name of one of the most popular bands in da U.P.

The organization most responsible for the extinction of native brook trout in Yooperland. Also known as the Department of No Results.

To go smelt dipping. Especially on the first weekend of the smelt running at the Days River outside Gladstone

*Dreaded Dash of Death,
When you try to cross US 41 by the Yoopers Tourist Trap and not get killed by a boss beer truck.

Edmund Fitzgerald
Iron ore carrier, steaming out of Duluth, that sank 15 miles off of Whitefish Point with all 29 hands on 10 November 1975 during a hurricane-force gale on Lake Superior. Also the inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot's tribute, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

A word that ends practically every sentence in the U.P. (example: "Say ya to da U.P., Eh!").

Half of famous Finnish duo Toivo and Eino. Many, many yooper jokes feature Toivo and Eino!

The game of Cribbage

The official language of Da U.P. Examples- Dese, Dem Dose, and De Udders (and De Udders ain't on De Cow!)

A person from the lower peninsula (see also "Loper" and "Troll").

Nickname of Kingsford high school sports teams. It comes from the name given to a Model A Ford that was produced in Kingsford in the 1920's.

Affectionate term for tourists (usually Trolls) who buy massive amounts of homemade fudge while on Mackinac Island and at Da Locks in Da Soo.

AND THAT IS ALL FOR TODAY! I don't want to give it up all at once!
There will be more in a day or two!

We are in a winter weather advisory till Sunday; lots of snow, wind and blowing snow expected!


  1. Very funny. Tom & I will try to add a few of our own. But you had da Soo covered quite well.

  2. SBW, I've got the WHOLE alphabet of Yooper defs, but it sure takes up a LOT of room! Maybe it would be easier just to have people email me for the list!

    Take care!


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