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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, September 03, 2010


I think maybe I left you with the wrong impression of how business is right now.  Things are fine considering the state of the economy.  It is just when Dan and I think back of how it USE to be and wonder if it will EVER be that way again, we have to shake our heads and be thankful that we know how to budget and still be able to maintain the beauty of our property and facilities.

Way back when, we would be BOOKED for Labor Day by the end of June. Most people who would stay with us over Labor Day would make reservations for the FOLLOWING Labor Day before they even checked out.  We don't see that anymore.  But then, some of those guests were older and possibly they just don't want to venture out over the last big 3 day weekend of the camping season.

This year, it didn't help because of that large family that cancelled 13 sites due to a serious illness of a family member.  But we are doing just fine...but like it better when we are doing MORE than just fine....like to the point of using our overflow area.  We haven't had to use that in several years.

A friend that owns a park downstate said they ended up having a lot of cancellations due to the weather forecast for the holiday weekend.  So weather plays a HUGE factor in a lot of plans.  On the news last night, they had interviewed a man who owns a marina and also rents boats.  He thought he would be all rented out but hardly has any boat reservations and he figures it is due to the weather forecast for this weekend.

And speaking of weather, Dan and I have been steadily watching Hurricane Earl.  We never really gave other hurricanes a second thought, but this one was due to leave a path of destruction in the area that we called home last fall and winter for 3 months.  We became very familiar with Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Pea Island, the Oregon Inlet and felt we made quite a few friends while we were there so it has been "interesting" to watch the advancement of this storm and see places on TV where we had been, etc.

We've been corresponding via email with the lady that we will be working "under" while in Georgia.  We needed to get the mailing address and the phone number, things like that.  We will have a mail box at our location so we won't have to rent a box from the PO in town.  Another gal from the Corp called us yesterday to see if we thought we'd be interested in helping with trail maintenance in some of the other parks.  AND WE HAVE OUR WELLMAN LINED UP FOR OCTOBER 20TH!  So, I can sleep at night and not have to worry about getting someone new to blow out all the lines and close things down for us.

I think I may have told you our new 5th wheel goes into production on September 20th so hopefully a month from that day we will be picking it up!  Things are coming together!!

I may not be back to blog until Monday after the crowds leave so all of you have a safe holiday weekend!


  1. Cathy, you guys have a safe and happy holiday too...I am one of those people who REFUSE to camp on the big holidays (i.e. 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor day) the last time we camped on Labor Day weekend, it was at Brimley State Park and the folks across from us had some family issues in town that night that resulted in the wife and daughter (the husband was being housed by the city of Sault Ste Marie for DUI) being brought back to the campground by a huge roll off tow truck with a spot light at midnight, and the people apparently couldn't remember where their site was and so the kindly (i say that with all the sarcasm in the world) driver turned his spotlight on the campsites to help find their campsite...at the time we were in tents, so you can imagine the noise, and my son was 15 months old. I told my husband never again. The woman stood outside her camper until close to 1:30 am screaming at people on the phone about not being able to get her camper and boat home...because the police impounded there SUV...anyways, that is why my family no longer camps on major holidays, and as of this year, we added Father's Day weekend as well...lol...

  2. So glad things are good for you, Cathy! I hope the weather does not dampen the weekend too..it is freezing here tonight and we have very hard wind...our electricity is fine, but I see on Facebook that some places have had it go off and on tonight because of the winds. It is supposed to be better on Sunday and Monday..I sure hope so..we have our propane gas fireplace on tonight to take off the chill in the house!!

  3. Amy, I don't blame you, especially after the episode you described. Apparently there wasn't anyone there to enforce quiet time? People can be so rude and inconsiderate that sometimes you have to bite your tongue vs smacking some idiot.

    Retired One, the weather has put a kabosh on a lot of things this weekend. And the wind was awful all night and not to much fun yet out there this a.m.! Take care!


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