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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!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Doesn't it seem like it was a short time ago that we started seeing hummers at the feeders?

We are down to two feeders and two, maybe 3, hummers.  I think I will be taking the feeder outside the living room window down sometime today.  We didn't notice any hummers at that one yesterday but we did see them at the one outside my office window.  It IS that time of year when those courageous little birds will head to a warmer climate.  This is the official end of summer when they leave.

I've started updating the fall color report but haven't been able to get any new photos due to the constant rain.  If it isn't raining, it is sprinkling or misting.  There isn't much to see yet but I like to give the fall color report readers something to gauge their trips by.

HOW did it get to be the middle of September??!!  OK, I realize it IS the 12th, but we're basically half way through the month of September!  With all of this rain, Dan hasn't been able to get much wood cut and hauled in order to have it split and the woodshed filled up for NEXT camping season.  It takes quite a bit of wood to fill that woodshed.

37 days till we close!!!  And that means we will be leaving for our next adventure which will be in Georgia this year.  We thought we were going to be at Coopers Furnace Day Use area which is nears Cartersville, but we're actually going to be at Clark Creek South Campground near Acworth, Georgia (which isn't too far from Cartersville or Atlanta).  This campground is closed, but the boat ramp is still open as are the restroom facilities.  We work 4 days on and 4 off.  All we have to do is make the rounds at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m, checking to make sure anyone who is using the boat launch has the day pass displayed on their windshield and checking the restrooms to see if there is anything that needs to be done (which we report to someone else if there is required cleaning, changing a light bulb, etc).  We have also volunteered to help on trail maintenance while we are there.  There are several other Army Corp parks in the immediate area so we might help out at one of those.

Dan has asked me to NOT schedule anything for the fall of 2011 so he can deer hunt in Michigan.  But he is so anxious to head out of here THIS year, I don't know if he will really want to stick around till the end of November 2011 to try to get a deer.  Dan has expressed a very good interest in working in the Everglades in the future, so I was online  yesterday trying to find out what volunteer possibilities there are...and there are quite a few.  We're not crazy about the work hours/days so that might be a deterrent for us.  They require you to work Sunday through Saturday and ask for 32 hours per week.  I emailed to find out if that means 32 hours per PERSON (for a total of 64) or 32 hours for a couple total.  If it is 32 per couple, that isn't too bad, but we don't like the idea of working with no days off.  I HOPE what they really mean is that a couple might each work two eight hour days between the days of Sunday through Saturday then you have the rest of the time off.  Or maybe it is 4 days on, 4 days off and 4 hours per person on those 4 days on...kind of like what we'll be doing in Georgia.

We've been owners of this park for 18 years and in those 18 years, I've never had to "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"....till yesterday.  It is a long story, but it involves a family of 5 (of which we only ever saw the father) who had been camping here (new travel trailer) off and on over the past 2 weeks.  It was bad enough that on the days they were due to check out, they could never get out of here by noon; the last time it was after 2 p.m!  BUT we found out that they had been dumping their holding tanks in the fire pit at their campsite instead of going to the dump station! He is an intelligent man so this can't be blamed on anything except being rude and lazy.  All the times they were here, we never saw anyone heading to or from the bathhouse, so they had to pretty much be using their holding tanks exclusively.

So, when he called yesterday to ask if "his" site was available, I had to tell him it was but they would not be coming in here to stay with us anymore (and explained why, which he could not understand the WHY!).  I don't know if he hung up on me or if we got disconnected.  Suppose he'll put a bad review online someplace??!!

O M GOSH!!! The sun is shining!  I better grab my camera and get a couple of photos of trees!

Catch ya later!


  1. Dick from Indiana1:17 PM


  2. Dick, that's what worried us, that and the fact it just plain isn't LEGAL.

  3. We still have hummers here drinking as fast as they can...but I remember last year reading that when you get local temps. that go to 32 degrees or colder, to take down the feeders...tonight it is supposed to be 34 here, so I gotta watch and take them down, too.

  4. Retired One, I didn't see any hummers yesterday but I'll leave the feeder up a couple more days in case any are passing through!


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