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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, March 27, 2011


Neither one of us got much sleep last night.  We finally shut the weather radio off about midnight as it was constantly screaming an alert alarm at us.  THAT scares ya even if you aren't sleeping!

The storm was ALL over Georgia.  No part seemed to be safe.  There was lots of damage south of us; not sure about north of us.  We had hail several times last night.  Dan and I were both afraid to look outside this a.m. to see if we had dings in the 5th wheel or truck.  Last time Dan looked out the window at the hail, he said we had about quarter size hail.  We didn't see any damage to either the truck or 5th wheel this a.m.

So, as far as we know, the plan is still to leave here by 10 a.m. tomorrow.  We decided not to try to push it all the way to Crittedon, KY but maybe as far north at Richmond, KY.  We've stayed at the Fort Boonesborough St. Park there before and it is a nice park.  And if it is too cold for water hook up, they do have nice shower facilities.

We're having a hard time finding any campgrounds beyond that that are open this time of  year, so as much as we don't want to, we may have to stay in a motel a night.  The price of fuel really put a dent in our travel budget for getting home, so we really didn't want to spend the $$ on a motel...but there's always a Wal-Mart parking lot!  Seriously, we wouldn't do that.  We know how that can take money out of the pockets of campground owners, so that is our reason.  That and Dan doesn't want to get too far off 75.

I've got most of my office stuff packed up.  The computer will go with me in the truck and will be the last thing I get done with tomorrow a.m.  I just defrosted the fridge and freezer.  I can't believe how much ice there is in the fridge and we've got it set at its warmest setting.  It has always been that way.  The freezer doesn't ice up as much as the fridge.  At least we know it works, right?

Dan is trying to load the basement.  I think he is having trouble getting his collapsible ladder situated in there.  Sounds like a lot of cussing.

We've been trying to get in touch with family and friends to coordinate seeing every one while we are still in lower Michigan and while General RV is fixing some things on the 5th wheel (we'll be staying with my sister and her new hubby for a week...if she can put up with us that long!!).  We'll make the rounds from there to see everyone.

Our well-man can't get to us until April 11th, so we don't want to get home till around April 10th. That way, at least we can be in our home with heat....just no water!  We will have purchased 5 or 7 gallons of water to get us through.

Don't know if I'll be back online to  Yarns before we head out or not. So, I'll keep in touch when we can!

Take care!


  1. Have a safe trip! Will be looking for your posts to know you are safely home... :-)

  2. Have a safe trip home.

  3. Oh What A Night :Four Seasons
    Have a safe trip home.

  4. sfeutz11:40 PM

    Safe travels to you and Dan. And thanks for all of the non-Yooper yarns that you have supplied us all with this winter. Your life is an adventure that you are kind enough to share. Drive careful. .enjoy your time with family. . .and give a big Yahoo to the Big Mac for me when you cross into yooper country! Hugs, Sandy


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