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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, July 21, 2010


Now and again guests leave things behind in the bathhouse. We usually leave the “thing” there a couple of days and see if anyone claims it. If not, we throw it in the dumpster. Many times it is a bar of soap, sometimes it is a washcloth.

For a couple of days, a bar of Irish Spring soap, about half used, sat on the counter in the men’s room. It was resting on the cardboard box that it came in…which was kind of soggy. While Dan was out mowing yesterday, he noticed that someone had moved that soggy box and bar of soap to one of the large rocks outside the bathhouse.

Dan stopped the mower, got off, picked up the box and bar of soap and sat it on the mower where it rested on a “beam” in front of the mower seat. He figured when he got to the other side of the bathhouse, he’d put it in the dumpster.

A while later, Dan smelled this very pleasant fragrance and figured someone must be doing laundry and had the dryers going with fabric softener sheets in the dryers. BUT, he shouldn’t have been able to smell that odor as far away from the bathhouse/laundry as he was. It didn’t matter where he was mowing, he kept smelling this fragrance….and it was getting stronger. He couldn’t figure it out.

Oh, well…by this time he was on the other side of the bathhouse and close to the dumpster. He reached for the soggy box and bar of soap only to find it wasn’t there anymore. He was sure it hadn’t fallen off the mower or he would have seen it while mowing. Then he noticed a light “smoke” coming from the engine area of the mower…and that fragrance was REALLY strong now.

He opened the engine “hood” and discovered that somehow that bar of soap had fallen on the manifold and was slowly cooking. But boy it made things smell nice!

He had a bit of a time getting that bar of soap off the manifold and didn’t get all of it off completely. But we DO have one of the nicest smelling mowers that you’ll ever come across!


  1. Gary H.11:38 AM

    The new yooper air freshener !

  2. Ya, ya got that right!!!


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