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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, March 26, 2010


Dan and I are people watchers, even in our OWN park, we enjoy watching people. Maybe it is the evil lurking beneath the surface of our Yooper hide, but we like to watch fundamentally to amuse ourselves and to see what people will think of next.

Case in point; two doors down and across the road from our campsite. A large 5th wheel backed in this particular site yesterday afternoon….piece of cake. No problems what so ever…and these sites are not all that easy to back into.

They proceeded to get leveled out and set up. You could tell they’d been at this a while.

About an hour later, the man took a large tarp from the basement of his 5th wheel and attempted to put it around the picnic shelter at his site (each site has a 10’ x 8’ concrete slab with a concrete picnic table and there is a roof over the top supported by 4 jack posts). It was extremely windy yesterday; nice but windy. So watching him struggling with this tarp amused us (the evil was surfacing). He’d get it fastened on one post, run it down to the next post, get around the corner to head to the 3rd post and the wind would take it down between the 1st and 2nd post. He tried this perhaps about 5 times before giving up.

He wadded that heavy tarp into a bunch and stuffed it back under his 5th wheel. He proceeded back out to his picnic shelter, stood there with his hands on his hips, then walked around it looking it up and down. Then, and I swear this is true, a light bulb appeared over his head and he snapped his fingers! HE HAD A BRAINSTORM!! YOU COULD JUST TELL IT!!

He marched back to the truck (and when I say marched, I mean MARCHED…chest out and shoulders back) and got out a roll of that packing stuff that reminds me of cellophane. This roll was on a good size handle. The roll itself looked to be 20” long (or should I say wide??).

He went to the first pole and managed to get that cellophane material to stick to that pole and then continued to the next pole, keeping the cellophane tight. We went around and around this structure until he had it all wrapped up from top to bottom. There would be NO wind problem to disturb them at the picnic table. No wind could possibly get in. Long before he was done and I saw what he was doing, MY light bulb lit up and I thought “How in the hell do THEY plan on getting inside?” He wasn’t quite halfway done at that point so I thought he might know what he was doing.

But, as I said, he wrapped it up nice and tight. HE stood back and admired his handiwork, his smartness at beating Mother Nature (By now, I’m not worried about how they will get IN, but I’m thinking, this will end up in the landfill someplace, how many years will it take to dissolve.)

He disappeared inside the 5th wheel and eventually his wife came back from grocery shopping. In the meantime, we saw one bird bounce off the cellophane, so it really WAS tightly wrapped.

They unloaded the groceries from the truck (no, we didn’t watch this site constantly…we did blink once in a while), filled up the cooler with ice, got the grill out and they proceeded over to the picnic shelter.

There he stood holding the grill, there she stood with the tag along ice cooler and his light bulb came on again. THIS time there was a big DUH over his head.

He sat the grill down, went back into the 5th wheel and came out with something in his hand. As soon as he started slicing the cellophane, we realized he had a knife or shears. Please remember the wind is still blowing during all of this and by now even birds are lined up on branches watching (word travels fast).

All of his hard work of wrapping started sliding down the poles, so they quickly grabbed plastic ends where he had cut, went inside the home made shelter and pulled tightly….but what could they do by both of them holding on to this amount of cellophane, in the wind???

From the head gestures (they couldn’t use their hands) we assumed she was trying to tell him to hand over his handful of cellophane and for him to try to fix the problem.

Now, she’s in the shelter by herself, wind howling, holding on to two bunches of cellophane, trying to keep the other three “walls” from blowing down waiting for him to have another light bulb moment. He finally reappears with the Handyman’s Helper…duct tape to the rescue.
While she held tight to one handful, he took the other handful, keeping it stretched tightly, and began taping it to the side wall (inside). Then he came back and did the same to the handful she had.

By now the wind had subsided quite a bit so it looked like they would be OK. Our fun was over, even the birds left. It was getting near evening so was getting hard to see anyway.

I never thought anymore about it till I walked to the dumpster this morning and happened to look over that way….their cellophane walls look like they have bars on them. There is SO much duct tape to reinforce the cellophane that it reminds you of a jail cell!

(By the time I was able to shoot this photo, the wind had picked up a bit and so it doesn’t quite look the same as it did a couple of hours ago. I had to shoot this from INSIDE the camper…don’t want to appear TOO watchful!!)

As long as they are happy campers, that is all that counts!

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  1. That, is too funny! LMAO reading this cartoon. I shouldn't laugh, I remember a time or two when we assembles rediculous walls to fight the wind. That's some strong cellophane they have there. Fun entry....enjoy the shows

  2. OMG...I am SUCH a Yooper, because before you got half way through the story I thought to myself: He is going to need duct tape!! hahahaaaa

    Geez, maybe I should have shut the curtains when we stayed the night in your cabin. hahaaaa

  3. Dar, It was SOOOO funny! I'm sure Dan and I have done things that make people shake their heads at us too, but it's always funnier when it is someone else!!

    Retired one...HA! You ARE showing your Yooper colors!!! Duct tape IS the rescue item for us!


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