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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, June 27, 2009


Dan and I have watched that movie on TV twice now and LOVE it. But it got me to thinking about making my own list(s).

I know there are things on my bucket list that could never happen so I have included that in a separate list. And I think these lists can give you a little insight into a person's personality. I haven't decided if that is good or bad!!


1. To fly with either the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels

2. To meet John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn

3. To own a cabin, on a lake, at the base of the Tetons

4. To write a bestselling book that is read by millions (I don’t think 25 of my closest friends reading it would make it a best seller!)

5. Take a trip into space

6. Learn to play the banjo REALLY well (tried it for 6 months, didn’t work out. Thought as long as it was taking to even learn “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain that I eventually could get a Sr discount…gave up before that)

7. To climb in a time machine and go back to when Native Americans had their natural way of life and spend time with them.


1. To visit Scotland, Greece and Egypt

2. To once again be able to visit 5 amusement parks in the U.S. but not have to stand in line to ride any rides but especially the roller coasters

3. To become an unselfish person

4. To view the planets from an observatory telescope

5. To attend the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM

6. To attend the Calgary Stampede and THIS time be in attendance for a full day of the Native American Pow Wow instead of just seeing 30 minutes of it.

7. To be able to give Dan his Harley trike so we can “hit the open road”

8. To spend some time with Paul McCartney, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman (AND I’m sure there are others but those come to mind first)

9. To safely sleep under the stars and a full moon at the NORTH rim of the Grand Canyon.

10. To go back to Monument Valley and have the time to actually drive through it instead of admiring it from a vantage point.

11. To attend the Kentucky Derby.

12. To groom any one of the Budweiser Clydesdales and spend time in their barn with them.

So 'fess up...what is YOUR list??


  1. You have a good list Cathy! I can tell you have an adventurous side! Like that! I think a few things on my bucket list would be:
    *Visit Alaska
    *Publish a novel
    *Purchase 100 acres of land to donate to the Nature Conservancy

  2. Shellmo, I need to add Alaska to my list too! That IS something Dan and I have always wanted to do...even thinking about workkamping there when our property sells.

    Your 3rd one is VERY good!! In my heart, I think that if God ever decides to call it quits with us humans that he should give the earth back to the animal kingdom.

  3. Well, we've done one of the things on your bucket list ... spend some time in Monument Valley. Of course, being close sure helps!

    I'll have to think about my list. Having Sandy show me her western Nevada would be at the top ... if we can get there without crossing central Nevada!

  4. Tom and Sandy...WE think getting across Nebraska is a kick in the pants!!!

  5. Cathy,

    What a great bucket list. Number 9 sounds just perfect! Let us know when you start to check these off your list.

  6. Ashley, I WILL let ya know but I'm sure it'll be a while! We did camp at the N rim of the Grand Canyon once, in a truck camper. It would be AWESOME to do this without even a TENT...that is why I said "safely".

  7. I love, love your lists...even the ones you don't think you can ever get to do....one thing about life? It surprises us...who knows, maybe you will get to do one or two of those too!


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