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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, May 25, 2012


This fire is a dejevu from 5 years ago.

While many of us are thankful that we are not the ones in harms way and are thankful that we did not have to evacuate our home, leaving all of our possessions behind and not knowing if anything will be there WHEN we are allowed to go "home", it is hard to not think about those people who ARE going thru that...and then feel a bit guilty because you are thankful it was not you.

Rainbow Lodge has a LONG  history of being THE place to go in the summer time (and when snowmobiling was king, in the winter time too).  It is no longer standing.

The state forest campground, which isn't too far from Rainbow Lodge, at the Mouth of the Two Hearted is gone.  WONDERFUL place to camp if you really want to be away from all modern conveniences.  And the beauty of the area at the lakeshore...who know what that really looks like right now?

The foot bridge that looked like a "mini" Might Mackinac Bridge that went from the campground to the the Mouth of the Two Hearted, is that gone?  Are the trees charred to stumps along the Lake Superior shoreline?

Our hearts truly do go out to all of those people who have ties in one way or another to that area that is up there.

And our thanks go to all the fire fighting crew who is tirelessly battling this fire.  I cannot imagine the horror of being in the woods when the fire engulfs those tall jack pines.  One man described it to me as a rocket at lift off when it gets to the top of the tree.  And the debris from these types of "missles" is being hurled hundreds of feet into the air only to come down in another area and start another fire.  It was also described as "The Sleeper Lake fire was like a campfire compared to this fire."

Our prayers are with those trying to keep the rest of us safe and our prayers are with those who have lost so much.


  1. Anonymous7:21 PM

    God Bless Cathy, the firefighters, and the Robinson's at Rainbow Lodge. Pray for rain!

  2. Charlotte7:59 PM

    Having spent time at the Two Hearted River Campground and stopping at the Rainbow Inn for things we needed this is so sad. My prayers go out for those at the Rainbow Inn and all who are fighting this fire. I had hoped to camp there in about 6 weeks. Guess that wont' happen this year.

  3. Anonymous8:32 PM

    I haven't seen or heard this until today and saw it on facebook. I am so sorry that you all are going through this again. My husband was working up there 5 years ago. Not too far from Deer Park. He finally had to come home because the ash and smoke got to be too much. So sad to hear that Rainbow Lodge is no more. I had been to dog sled races there. So sorry for the Robinson's.

  4. Anonymous10:07 PM

    Hoping the east end pike lake property i've been going to for 41 years is ok. thanks for the updates

  5. praying for rain for the Upper Peninsula....and praying for those who have lost their homes and businesses.....never went to the Rainbow Lodge or mouth of the Two Hearted River, but Dale and I looked for it last year when we were up there...we went through the area damaged by the Sleeper Lake Fire and at that time, I hoped the area never saw another fire, even though it was 4 years later, you could see where fire had stripped the landscape. My heart goes out to those affected, directly or indirectly. I pray that it doesn't reach Tahqumenon Falls, Paradise, and Whitefish Point, although it sounds like that is inevitable. Another piece of God's country has been forever altered.

  6. Oh Cathy, how very scary. I will keep everyone in my prayers and hope for their safety.

    And your header photo is stunning. Thank god for our firefighters and first responders.

    xoxo jj


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