We’ve had a roller coaster ride with the weather this week. One morning it was 6°, the next morning it was 20. Regardless, I still had to be a houseplant. Next week we are expected to have Arctic air with extremely cold temps, so I’ll probably be a houseplant with a jacket on.
But, I’ve got next fall and winter to look forward to, don’t I?? Yes, I am counting the months (haven’t gotten to the days yet). AND, yesterday, Dan and I each had a phone interview with the Army Corp of Engineers for positions in Texas! The interviews went quite well. The lady we spoke with told me that it was just a matter of deciding which BLM area to put us but she felt the choice was going to be between Lavon Lake and Bardwell Lake (not too far from Dallas/Ft. Worth area). I’m waiting for the information she was going to email us because Dan and I will have some input into which area we would like to finish out winter of 2010.
Among the questions she put to each of us was what we felt out strengths were and where we would best use our talents/skills. I told her that mine were interpersonal skills and office management as well as managing others. I went on to say that even though that is where my best skills are I still hoped I could have some time out of doors and not just in an office setting. She said that wouldn’t be a problem because all that was REQUIRED of us was for each of us to put in 10 hours per week, anything over that was “gravy” time. HOORAY!! She asked if I had any questions (by this time, Dan had to leave to go groom) which I did (anyone who knows me knows I have questions). We talked about internet access but my big burning questions were 1) will there be hummingbirds? 2) If there are hummingbirds can we put up a hummer feeder on our campsite? 3) Will we have a picnic table and fire pit? I didn’t think of those till later in the day so I emailed her (haven’t heard back yet). The only other thing left for her to do is to perform background checks on each of us. We’re not worried about that and neither is she. In our application we had given quite a list of references; the Luce Co. Sheriff, the Prosecuting Attorney, one of the State Troopers, a DNR officer to name a few. So basically, as I stated above, all that is left to do with this February 2010 through the end of March 2010 is pick out which place we will be!
Dan groomed the trail around Newberry yesterday, then down to Rexton and over to Trout Lake. He didn’t go down to Cut River. That trail had been groomed the night before and Dan said there was only about 4 sled tracks on it since that groom.
The Snow-X races are in Newberry this weekend. AND also the sled dog races which will be held at the Rainbow Lodge…not the Luce Co. Fairgrounds. When I was trying to get the info to update the calendar of events on the Newberry Tourism website, I went to the GLSDA (the sled dog race people website) and plain as day it said the race would be held at the fairgrounds. So, I hope no one show up out there waiting for the races!
Dan got home about 1 a.m. from grooming so I’m trying to be as quiet as I can. Sometimes he sleeps hard enough an earthquake wouldn’t dislodge him, then other times he says he can hear the clacking of my keyboard. I need a silencer on this thing! It makes me very conscious of how “loud” it can be!
Catch ya later!
- 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!