Welcome to Yooper Yarns! Please don't be shy; become a follower! I know you are out there!

About Me

My photo
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!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Remember when we came through Georgia and I posted a photo of Allatoona Lake or what is left of it? And I told you about our interview at the Army Corp park at Carter's Lake; I posted photos of where we thought we'd be spending next fall and winter...remember that???

Well, THAT didn't work out. It appears that everyone who has volunteered there plans on staying or returning. We were pretty disappointed when we found that out this morning.


We will be volunteering next fall/winter at Allatoona Lake with the Army Corp of Engineers!! It is south of Carter's Lake a bit. Dan and I will be working at the day use area of the park which is called Cooper's Furance and Riverside Park.

And when I was telling you about the lake level being so low at Allatoona, I figured it was due to drought...but that isn't it! I didn't realize that lake is also a reservoir and they have purposely drawn it down in preparation of spring rains.

The place sounds perfectly suited to Dan and I!!! We will have a full hook up site and there is a little shed behind the site we can use for storage (provide our own padlock). It is a treed area, lots of wildlife and lots of hiking...and lots of history in the area! One of our duties will be to call the the Allatoona dam generation in the a.m. and post the schedule. I think that is so people who are fishing know when there might be water coming over the dam, but I'm not sure!! We've got things to learn!!!

So anyway, that is our big news for this week!!

Things are going well here. Dan and I did debris pick up yesterday. It is hard to believe that after the lake level raises due to all that rain there is SOOOO much garbage that washes up! It took both of us over 90 minutes EACH.

There is one white pelican here that seems confused. He is always with a huge flock of cormorants...or maybe THEY are confused.

We're finally getting some birds at this little cheap feeder we put up, no one at the berry suet and no one at the thistle feed yet. We did see a blue bird this morning in a tree (no leaves on the tress, so pretty easy to spot birds!).

Well, we've got things we need to do!!

Catch up with you all later!!


  1. Great news about having your next year's plans already figured out!

    glad you are enjoying your new digs, too...will be waiting for the photos.

  2. wilson8:22 AM

    cathy, just a quick off subject note, i grilled up some hamburgers this past weekend and tried some chipotle sause instead of catsup like you talked about..very good, i,m hooked..i'm from mich. and found several different varietys at meijer's, we tried the pineapple style and was tasty.

  3. Retired One...we're glad about it too! Just hope nothing changes. There won't be as many photos from Texas. There just isn't that much to photograph this time of year!

    Wilson, glad you tried it and liked it! I've not seen any flavored versions of it. Did you find it in the Mexican seasoning aisle or down with the ketchup? maybe I need to look harder!

  4. The longhorn ranch sounds exciting! BTQ dream weaver was
    sung by Gary Wright

  5. tdecolumna, Yep, Gary Wright!!


Thank you for visiting Yooper Yarns and leaving a comment!

Blog Archive