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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, November 13, 2011


Saturday was the last day of our deer hunt.  We didn’t have any luck either with getting a deer or getting any photos.  There is one more hunt to go which starts next Thursday and ends next Saturday.  We are scheduled to work the check station those days.

I can’t say we didn’t have fun trying.  Up one hill and down another.  All the time walking on a 90 degree slant.  My ankles are killing me.  Dan’s calves are on fire.  We are old.  Too old to be mountain goats…we can qualify for just plain old goats.

Saturday morning, we headed to the festivities at the Jarrell Plantation.  I made sure Dan had my spare camera battery in his pocket.  We stood in line forever to purchase our tickets to get in.  It wasn’t that there was that many in line to buy tickets, but at the end of the ticket line were 3 spinners with their wool and other people were blocking the exit while watching them.  I guess they felt it was too cold to be outside spinning (it was 53 degrees…wimps)

So, off we set to tour the plantation, the old buildings and watch (and smell!) sugar cane syrup being made.  I was already framing a photo in my mind and figured I knew what I wanted and positioned myself on a hill side (seems that is all there is here…hill SIDES), got the camera out, turned it on, took aim and a message on the camera said “BACK UP MEMORY CARD IS FULL”. 

I could have cried!  At that moment I remembered that I had left my photo card IN MY COMPUTER.  ARRGGHHHH!!!!  I THINK Dan secretly did a dance of joy.  He is very good and patient when it comes to waiting for me to take a photo, so he figured what would be a 3 hour “journey” now would probably be cut down to 2 hours.  NO PHOTOS TO SHOW FOR IT AT ALL.  But it was very interesting and we do plan on going back next month for their Christmas celebration.  THAT is when you get to tour the main house.

Today, I think we plan on visiting the town of Gray and then meandering to Macon.  It is also grocery day so thought we might check out one or two of the other grocery stores.  Doesn’t that sound like an exciting time??  J

I thought I better post a photo or two just to prove to you that we really DID go hunting.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Cathy, i've done that before-- forgotten the photo card. Grrrrrr.

    And I've been to maple syrup festivals back home. That smell is wonderful-- You have my head filled with childhood memories :-) Thanks.

    Safe travels.
    xoxo jj


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