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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, March 17, 2009


With the rapid melt down we are experiencing, we have rivers all over. There is a HUGE one by the road right at the mailbox and there is NO getting around it. Boots AND cleats are required to get the mail. The birds are taking baths in the "puddles" around the driveway. Fun to watch!

And speaking of birds, yesterday Dan saw a robin in the yard and a red winged black bird in a tree in the yard. We both saw a grackle. One of our friends swears he has heard a sandhill crane!

This is the time of year Dan and I both get very restless. It's our "tweener time"...can't get out and do anything but it is too nice to be stuck inside. And it is just plain ugly and dirty looking right now. It use to be (when the economy was good and we'd had a really good winter business wise) we'd be planning our spring trip by now. Then in about 2 weeks we would be leaving for 3 weeks to a month. We would only return after we had been assured the snow was all gone.

We'd planned on going up to Whitefish Point today but that didn't happen. I think it would be too difficult to walk over the piles of snow and ice to get to where Lake Superior should be (by that I mean sometimes in the winter it is so frozen and the landscape isn't the same as you usually see it so it is hard to figure out where land ends and lake begins.

The Dirty Jobs segment that was supposed to take place in the Soo had to be postponed till next year. The crew was all there, but that was the day we were having extremely high winds.

As I understand it, the ice breaker went through the locks yesterday breaking ice so the shipping season can get started.

And it won't be long till we'll be looking for mushrooms!! We usually find enough for a couple of messes right in our park.

I guess that is about it for me. Not much going on and I'm still really tired. THAT usually happens this time of year too but I haven't been sleeping well. I think a lot of it still has to do with TASA stuff. Hard to just let that go....

Catch ya later! Enjoy the start to spring!!


  1. I know what you mean about it being the time of year that makes you restless and tired, all at the same time.
    It has been in the high 50's the last few days and I have loved it...but holding my breath, because I KNOW we will still get more snow before it all goes.
    We have been hearing some more birds around, more singing...but they haven't visited our feeders yet, for some strange reason.
    I cannot wait to see the flocks of spring birds in my feeders and to get my hands in my gardens' dirt!!

  2. I was really surprised at the amount of snow on the ground on my visit to the Soo over the weekend. My parents are really sick of the snow and are even talking about going South next winter. I know that won't happen but it was a surprise that they even mentioned it. My family up there are True Blue Yoopers. They hate to leave the Upper Peninsula for more than a few hours. But I will remind them of their statement next winter.

  3. Retired One...Dan was playing in the dirt yesterday, with a shovel...trying to dig out snow so the river by the mailbox would flow someplace else.

    I bet we get more snow before it is all over. It is 32 this morning and would be dangerous walking outside!

  4. Brenda, I know how your family feels about leaving da U.P. even for a few hours. Dan and I refer to the Mighty Mac as our driveway (since everything is so far apart up here!) But I also understand how your parents (and most everyone ya talk with) are sick of the snow this winter. This global warming (or is it now called climate change??) is really getting to us!

  5. Glad to hear some of the snow is starting to melt. Seeing birds playing in the puddles are always a sure sign of warmer weather ahead. Hopefully you guys will not get hit with yet another snow storm. I will keep my fingers crossed.

    Speaking of birds, Brian and I heard sandhill cranes the other day while walking. We looked up and sure enough, there were two flying high above our heads. I think they are the most incredible birds.

  6. Ashley, Thanks for the crossed fingers! Mother Nature and Old Man Winter usually hold a surprise or two for us before May!

    I'm going to try to get some shots later today of how ugly everything is right now...like THAT is going to entice people to come on up!


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