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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, January 27, 2010


I have had quite a few emails lately in regards to what Dan and I are doing this fall/winter. I'd say all of the people who have emailed think we are leading an interesting life.

Dan and I give thanks every day for having had this opportunity. We are extremely grateful for everything we have experienced (well, except for the government truck that broke down on the bridge in the rain and fog!).

We have learned a lot and have experienced different "cultures". We have seen first hand what nor'easters can do and how life goes on afterwards. The people we have met and worked with have welcomed us warmly (well except for one bitchy Pizza Hut hostess in Manteo...but the waitress more than made up for that!).

AND, you haven't heard me mention my hives in a very long time, have you? That has really been a plus!!

So, yes, Dan and I are very fortunate to have experienced everything we have since arriving (well, heck, we're fortunate to experience life in general!) and have another couple of months to enjoy before heading home!


  1. I take it you are campground hosts? or just enjoying the campers life?
    Either way, I envy your opportunity.
    Stay safe and be grateful you are not digging out of the snow. My sis lives in the UP and they say they have their share, as usual, just like us here in WI. Enjoy the sunshine.

  2. Dar, where we are now, in Texas, we are called "ambassadors" which means we meet and great and we also clean up campsites after people check out. When we were at Alligator River NWR we worked "in the field", maintained trails, worked in the Pea Island Visitor Center when needed, did office work, repair work and the like.

    We are enjoying it and know it won't be long till we have to get back to reality!

  3. I am so glad you are enjoying your time and experiences on the road.
    I would love the travel and the working at the sites, but there is no way I could live in a camper that long.

  4. Glad to hear things are going well and hope you don't run into anymore rude people!

  5. Hi Cathy, Glad to hear you are enjoying the experience. When it's all said and done and you're back home, I'll be interested in hearing if you want to do it again. It's a big lifestyle change but oh the things you've seen and done!


  6. Retired one, Living in our 5th wheel isn't that bad. It's just a darn good thing we get along well!!

    Shelley, that girl was a real beeatch!!! Everyone here is terrific but then we haven't been to Pizza Hut yet!

    Joanna, we are already making plans as to where we will work next fall/winter. The photos I took in Georgia (a couple posts ago) are one of the places we are strongly interested in.


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