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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!

Friday, May 22, 2009


We have some guests who arrived yesterday that came to our area to bird watch. They are from Hilton Head in S. Carolina.

Last night, they left about 7:30 p.m. to head to Seney Wildlife Refuge to join in a group tour in search of the yellow rail. THE TOUR GOES FROM 9 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT. I love birds, but I just can't imagine trying to see birds that time of night, especially since you can't take any decent pictures. But it DOES sound like fun though! I hope the bugs weren't bad.

The man told me that they "hunted down" the black rail (I think this was in Florida) with another group of birders. It too is a night owl (no, not really an OWL, that is a phrase not the bird), but it is black and about the size of a mouse! I'm gonna have to look these birds up online.

Don't know if you have heard but there was a 777 acre wildfire over by Ishpeming. 500 people were evacuated. You can read info about it here;


Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!


  1. We lived off County Rd.581 where the fire was for about 14 years! I feel so sorry for the folks there that lost their homes.
    In the '90's there was another fire out there...they evacuated us, but no homes were lost in that one.There are a lot of dry pine trees out there, so when you get dry an all those terrible high winds,I can see how it could happen again.

  2. Once you've been "exposed" to a wild fire, you tend to get a bit nervous during a thunderstorm!


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