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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!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I've received a couple of emails after my post yesterday in regards to the Yooper accent and what is a Yooper, etc. So, we'll start out slow with this and gain speed a bit at a time over the next couple of days.

I cannot take credit for the following other than I found it online!

This will start to explain a bit about "da U.P."...otherwise known as Yooperland...

The state of Michigan is broken up into two peninsulas - the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. They are connected together by the Mackinac Bridge.

-Yooperland in Quotes-

"It's an edgy place. I mean, in the sense that it still hangs on out there like a rawhide flap of the old frontier, outposted from the swirl of mainstream America. The U.P. is a hard place. A person has to want to hurt a lot to live there".---- John G. Mitchell, Audubon Magazine, November 1981---

"In winter we shovel snow and in summer we swat mosquitoes. During the spring and fall we rest up for swatting and shoveling".
---Peter Oikarinen's reply to the often-asked question of Yoopers, "What do you people do up there?" 1987---

"The best thing that could happen to the U.P. would be for someone to bomb the bridge".---John Voelker, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and the author of Anatomy of a Murder and Yooper resident---

"I wish the media downstate would stop referring to the top of the mitten (Cadillac, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Traverse City areas) as Northern Michigan. A Yooper considers that area Central Michigan. This is one of the reasons the U.P. wants to become its own country. Those trolls down there still consider the U.P. a picker on the "Mitten of Mitchagan"---Glen Adams, Yooperland resident---

"Why would anyone build the most spectacular bridge in the world at the top of Michigan instead of at Detroit where everyone could see it?"---letter from an irate "troll" taxpayer to the Governor of Lower Michigan, 1980---

"Will someone inform the Gazette what earthly use the Lower Peninsula is to the Upper Peninsula, geographically, or otherwise?"---Portage Lake Mining Gazette, 1871---

"That land of wonderful wilderness".---Edwin Way Teale, Journey Into Summer, 1960

"Nowhere, probably on the continent, is fall foliage more beautiful in brilliancy or contrasting colors".---George Shiras, National Geographic, August 1921

"It is one of the prettiest places in the world".
---Henry Ford, 1920's---


  1. Cathie8:36 AM

    Cathy - these quotes say what the UP is. Really great quotes.

    Thank you

  2. Cathie, I'm sure there must be more quotes out there but I agree, these are good! A lot of people don't realize that even Hemingway enjoyed our neck of da woods!!

  3. Cathy,
    Thank you for sharing. Brian and I hope to end up as residents in the U.P. as well.

  4. Cathie9:54 AM

    When we Jeep over to the Two Hearted River I think of Hemingway when we are there. Just a beautiful area.

  5. Those are wonderful quotes...the other one?: The only place on earth where you want to stop, look at its beauty and say "holy Whaa!"


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