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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!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


I have received a lot of emails and posts on FB wondering about Dan and I and our business.

We are fine.  The fire is north and east of us.  We are not even seeing any smoke here, however on M-28 and sometimes IN TOWN they can see/smell the smoke.

Since I don't have any reliable news for you this morning, I'm going to post a couple more photos of firefighters at work.  These were taken at Piedmont during a prescribed burn.

Before a prescribed burn, a meeting is held.  The weather, the wind, who is going to be responsible for what, all these things are discussed.  This is not the entire fire crew; I couldn't get all of them in the photo.

Once they get out to the area they want to burn and everyone is in place and knows their duties, the fire is started.  Some use drip torches while others are on an ATV with a drip torch that hangs off the back end of the ATV.

Even during the hottest of days and the hottest of fires, safety is first.  They all wear hard hats and flame retardant clothing, which must be like wearing a circus tent...it is so heavy and hot.

This is just a small result of their efforts.  The men and women are constantly in contact with each other via radio.  The men and women who are in the woods are especially conscious of who is where and what is going on.

We learned an awful lot about this type of activity and I must say, Piedmont has one of the cleanest looking woods we've ever seen.  Doing these prescribed burns is all an effort to keep wildfires from happening.

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