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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!

Monday, February 23, 2009


Two men died in separate snowmobile accidents in Chippewa County, including a local school teacher. Police say Rick Byle died Thursday on a trail near near Paradise, where he taught. Byle leaves behind a wife and two children. A downstate man also crashed his snowmobile in Whitefish Township. He was taken to a hospital in Newberry, where he died.

(Paradise is about 30 miles from us; not too far from Tahquamenon Falls)


  1. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Rick Byle was my teacher this year. I feel so bad for his family.

  2. I never had the opportunity to meet him or his family. I hadn't even thought about how hard this could be for his students. Our hearts go out to all of you.

  3. Anonymous4:04 PM

    Cathy was this man a teacher at the school in Paradise? I heard of the one fatality but not the second. I feel so bad for the familys.

  4. Anonymous, yes, I beleive he was a teacher in Paradise. It seems that is what was on 9 & 10 news.

  5. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Rick was a teacher in Fair Haven, MI at Anchor Bay High School. He was in the upper penninsula snowmobiling he did not work in the


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