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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, July 03, 2009


Can you believe that it is already 4th of July weekend???

Can you believe I’m considering putting my long underwear back on??? And maybe the flannel sheets back on the bed??? Nah, I wouldn’t do that but for a person, like me, who already has issues with cold, damp weather, the past 3 days have been a test of my patience. I had HOPED to spend some of the summer months sitting on my deck, with the cordless phone, watching campers pull in to stay with us! At least the mosquitoes haven’t been bad the past couple of days; enough wind and cooler temps and they have been discouraged too! Starting tomorrow it IS supposed to be nicer.

Speaking of campers coming in, we have guests who stay with us every year. I don’t have their permission to share their names with you but I will say that Fred is a very good cook! And Laura is a wonderful delivery person! I know Laura cooks too because SHE has brought us homemade brownies before! These two people SPOIL us when they are here. I almost hate to write about it because if by chance they DO read this, I don’t want them thinking this is a HINT for more, good, home cookin’!! They’ve been staying with us for YEARS and even if they didn’t cook, we greatly appreciate that they always come back!!

And speaking of campers, I want to address something that I have noticed lately when reading through campground reviews. There were some people here last year that wrote in the review they did of our park that they wouldn’t stay here again because they couldn’t get a cell phone signal. It is hard to read those reviews and know someone is basing their stay on something that we have no control over. Even with us having AT&T for our cell phone sometimes WE don’t have a signal here either. Then there are reviews we read that guests are upset about the wifi connection. Most people carefully read the info on our website or what is written in campground directories. NONE of our information states that we have wifi AT the campsite. It states that “wifi is conveniently located from the lobby” or it states “wifi at a central location”. Then we read reviews that people are upset because they had to sit at a certain spot within the park, or on the deck or in the lobby to connect. I don’t think a lot of people realize that their connection to wifi IS going to depend on how many others are using it at the same time and whether the others are uploading or downloading music or photos, etc. AND sometimes it does depend on YOUR equipment too.

We do not charge our guests for this service and it is not misrepresented in any of the printed material that WE have control over. I don’t think a lot of people also realize that connecting wirelessly gives you a slower speed than if you used the Ethernet. Currently we are connecting at 360 kbs per second download and 95 upload. THAT is the particular level that we are paying for. If we wanted to up our speed, it would cost us twice as much per month as we are paying now. One thing that we just did YESTERDAY was to install a new router that is totally VISTA compatible. I found out that my Belkin router was NOT totally VISTA compatible. The new router will work with MACS and earlier versions of Windows as well as covering VISTA. So we DO keep trying to improve our services to our guests. Our wifi IS password protected.

Hope that might help clear up some issues.

And Dan and I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!!!


  1. Cathy, Happy 4th of July. Today is my husband's birthday. He is 62 today so we are really celebrating the start of Social Security although the first check won't arrive until September.

    I can sympathize with your frustration over lack of signal for cell phones. Who knew that would be an important thing for campers? We do not get a cell phone signal at our cabin near the Soo. If we walk to the end of our driveway, we can sometimes pick up a signal but we have to be careful, because it might be from a Canadian tower and then we get charged International rates.

    Oh, the modern day problems of getting away from it all!

  2. SBW, and happy b'day to your hubby!!

    We get campers who are surprised that we offer cable TV becuase where they live they can't get it! But then, they wonder why they can't use their cell phone HERE but they can "back home"!

  3. Good Lord...don't those complainers know they are supposed to be CAMPING for God's sake? If they want to huddle over their computers the whole time, they should stay home.
    So much beauty around them and they want to bitch about not getting cellphones or computer top rated service. Gheesh!

  4. Retired One...I guess it is all part of the "game" of being self employed, but it hurts when you take such pride in your business and what you try to offer to people and then you get comments such as those that I mentioned..especially the cellphone service thing! Like WE have control over that!!

  5. Oh, Boo Hoo!!! That's what we love about coming to the U.P. --no phone, no cell, no internet. It's called a "vacation". We won't be there until September this year, but we are counting the days.

  6. Jasper, Life sure was simpler "way back when", huh? It sounds like you might be counting the days till ya get to our neck of da woods!!! Good for you!

  7. I would say its a good thing that you won't see those downstaters again, because if they are going to the UP and stay connected they better go as far as Mackinac Island. Absurd. Stay home. Go to Traverse City. We lived for 100 years without these things, you can do a weekend without. Awful. I own a high tech company and but I can;t wait to get away from connectivity on weekends.

    Thanks for your posts, I have a cabin Paradise and love to read your blog!!

  8. Joe,the last thing I want on vacation IS technical gear...ONLY for emergencies!

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