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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!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


(ok, this will be my 2nd attempt at posting this and hopefully this time the photos will stay put. I haven't had an answer from the blogger people so I don't know why the first photos disappeared on the post from yesterday)

Dan and I both would get more than 40 winks in the truck (UNDER A BLUE TARP LIKE TRACTOR GUY) than in a motel room.

But, we “roughed” it at the place where they “leave the light on for you”…Motel 6.

When we finally figured out the key card combination and gained entrance to our room, we were greeted by a HUGE hard shelled bug in the bathroom, WAY up on the wall. We also noticed there were no towels (in fairness to the cleaning staff, we DID arrive early afternoon).I went off in search of someone or something to rid our room of that ugly bug…and to get some towels. We didn’t think it was a cockroach but it was the only thing that came to mind. The maid wasn’t any more thrilled to try to get it off the ceiling than I was but she got a broom and knocked it down and proceeded to do the Mexican hat dance around the bathroom as the bug was trying to make a getaway…which appeared to be going straight up the maid’s leg! Oh, what fun we have when we get out in the world!!

She finally stomped that sucker flat with a crunchy splat it made. We found out it was a water bug and they are very abundant after a rain…and they like to hang on the leaves of the bushes where we’d parked the truck.

Towels were replenished and dead bug was wiped up off the floor. Now, Dan and I could get down to the serious business of being tourists in New Bruenfel! A celebration was in order!! A nap ensued!! Since the bugs liked to hang out where we’d parked the truck I decided I’d try to take a nap in the motel room instead of the truck.

Later, we went to the Pizza Hut for supper then came back to the room for an early bedtime.

I think we were on the road by 7:30 a.m. the next morning, headed for San Antonio. There was bumper to bumper to bumper traffic. It was only about a 16 mile drive (so the sign said) but it seemed to go on forever. People drive like maniacs on those roads!!! Just like they know where they are going and they have to get there NOW!!!

We finally arrived in San Antonio and found the correct exit (barely). We even found a parking lot with empty spaces. But then it was only a bit after 8 a.m.We got directions as to where to walk to from the parking lot. The Alamo gates do not open till 9 a.m. and it was 8:15….and it was a beautiful morning, but the sun was not cooperating as far as getting a good shot of the Alamo.

Promptly at 9:00 a.m. all the gates were open by uniformed deputies (or at least that is what we think they were). The trees and vegetation inside the walls are beautiful. There are many live oak trees (yes, that is the “breed” of tree, I don’t mean to imply there were dead oak trees, but these oaks are called live oak trees) There were bushes with“purplish” colored flowers just opening (photos of the “buds” in the post). I never did find out what these bushes are; does anyone know??

You have probably seen movies on TV about the Alamo, but even what you saw there doesn’t begin to cover what the actual size of it was when it was whole. What put it all in perspective for us was the models of the Alamo. It had been HUGE at one time. The Alamo of today doesn’t even begin to envelop the ground that it use to cover.

.When we were done touring the Alamo, the sun was in a better position to get a couple of shots of the front (without washing out the photo), but by then, there were a LOT of people in my way!! So, I didn’t get the shot(s) I wanted, but managed to get a few.After the Alamo, we found our way to the River Walk boat tours. The boat tour/guide was very informative. Our guide is planning on a trip next January to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse! He has only seen snow once in his life. His plans are to spend a night or two in the Lighthouse, but he said they are in the process of doing some renovations so it isn’t a sure thing yet.

The guide proceeded to inform us of where the life jackets are and explained in all the years the boats have been running, there has never been a need to use the jackets. And if for some reason the boat DID sink, just stand up…the river is only about 4’ deep!

There is a lot of information that you might want to look up for yourself as far as how the San Antonio River was saved from becoming part of a sewage system, the River Walk itself, etc. No sense me boring you with it (I don’t mean it is boring but you may not find it as interesting as we do).

Dan and I didn’t spend any time in the shops, didn’t even hardly look in any of the shop windows. That just isn’t our thing….so I can’t give you any insight there. We totally forgot about going to Sam Houston’s Fort (until we were almost back at the motel!).So, we had a good time, the weather was perfect and so was our timing. By the time we were done with lunch, it was getting very crowded EVERY PLACE. Spring break started for a lot of places on Friday.

It is always a special day for us when we can stand where history took place....just trying to imagine what it was like.


  1. No Alamo pictures in your post...but your Flicker slideshow is up and amazing, wonderful pictures of the scenery, Cathy..just wonderful!
    I wish I could see those birds in person, what wonderful experiences you are having to be able to photograph!

  2. wilson7:44 AM

    no pictures here either :(


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