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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, February 14, 2009


OK, sledheads, this is the follow up and what I hope the end of what happened with the groomer on trail # 9 night before last.

You may recall that Dan and Jerry (not to be confused with comic characters Tom and Jerry, although.....HA!) were headed up where the groomer was broken down with the track/boggie wheel problem. I think they finally got there about 3 a.m. (and remember Dave, the groomer operator, had been sitting there all that time waiting for help to arrive). He hadn't actually just been SITTING there, he had been trying to shovel around the track to make it easier to work with, but he was on a blind curve and so that was a sticky situation should any sleds still have been out that time of night.

It was an easier fix than they originally thought, but ya just never know till you see if for yourself and this was Groomer Dave's first experience with track issues so HE didn't know really how to explain it to them when he contacted them by radio.

But it was all taken care of and Groomer Dave set off to finish his route...which he hadn't even gotten to the end of # 9 to turn around and head back. I doubt you will see Groomer Dave in a few days because I have a feeling he is going to be hibernating for a while. I KNOW that guy spent over 20 hours out there on that trail. He said HE wanted to finish it and he was doing fine, didn't need someone to come take his place. SO A BIG THUMBS UP AND HELMETS OFF TO GROOMER DAVE!

Since there is no snow downstate, things are REALLY hopping up here this weekend. The staging area by the RR tracks was PACKED. I have been advising people via my 3 trail reports to trailer out to 3 mile because the trail from the RR tracks northward for a couple of miles is trashed. Keep it in mind if you are coming up!

Be safe!!

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