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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, March 30, 2011


We made it as far as Milan, Michigan today/tonight.  I think we got here about 5 p.m.

Which was good considering that from the time we left.(10 a.m) Kentucky we were in rain till just south of Cincinnati, then it turned to snow...which we were in all the way to the by pass around Toledo!!  Yep, you all know "us Yoopers" are on the way back and rolled out the darn white carpet for us.

Dan and I were soaked by the time we got the 5th wheel ready to go this a.m.  You may recall that I mentioned the new system for winterizing this Heartland Greystone.  It does take a LOT less of RV antifreeze.  BUT DON'T ASK DAN HIS OPINION OF IT BECAUSE HE WILL TELL YOU.

If he had an arm that had a 6' reach, he'd have been all set.  As it was, he basically had to get his whole body in the basement of the 5th wheel, lay on his back and then try to reach ALLLLLL the way to where the knob is (in a cubby hole) to bypass the water heater.  WHO thought that out?  The concept is really good, but it isn't something that is easy for every one to get to.  He said before we leave again in the fall, he will make that cubby hole larger.

It was 42 degrees when we left Fort Boonesborough and we got down as low as 29 through parts of Ohio.  We were very glad that the snow was not freezing on the road and that most drivers actually seemed to take the weather into consideration.

When we hit our first rest stop, the wind was whipping and the snow was stinging our faces.  I yelled at Dan (above the din of the wind) that THIS is exactly WHY I am not a fashion plate!  I KNEW I should have put my long johns on this morning!  And my  heavy, awkward looking coat.  Sigh....

One spot in southern Ohio was selling diesel at $4.05 per gallon (cash price).  We did find it for $3.89 (cash), but it was still a big OUCH putting 23 gallons of fuel in Bubba.

And so much for the truck and Gracie (the 5th wheel...don't tell me you don't have names for things) looking bright and shiny.  They look like they've been through a snow storm!!

So, with all of that traveling behind us, tomorrow we drop off Gracie at General RV at Wixom.  Some minor things that need to be tended to...and then we'll drive back downstate to visit with everyone.  Now that we are in Michigan, I guess we are getting anxious to get home and get all that work done so we can open the park.

Catch up with ya later!!


  1. Yeah, you're closer to home! Do I sound excited about meeting you sometime this summer?? Huh - do I? Well I am!
    'hugs from afar'

  2. Cher, we're about 380 miles from home yet. We'll be here about a week. I can't wait to meet you too!

  3. Gary H / Battle Creek8:58 AM

    "LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT" - Barry Manilow....Welcome back to the Mitten State.

  4. Welcome home Cathy and Dan~! We had snow today yet (Sunday). Tomorrow morning we head to Milwaukee and fly to Florida for a week for my daughter's wedding..I hope by the time we get back to the U.P., the snow will be melted. (A girl can hope, right?)


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