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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, June 03, 2012


Nearly an inch of rain fell Saturday in the eastern Upper Peninsula, leading to improved conditions at the Duck Lake Fire in Luce County. The Department of Natural Resources today reported the fire is now 72 percent contained, at 21,135 acres.

The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west of Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The lighting-strike caused fire, which was first detected on Thursday, May 24, is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles north to the Lake Superior shoreline.

There are currently 44 miles of fireline, including 6 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, 15 miles of uncontained fireline and 23 miles of completed fireline (which partly includes County Road 500). Access remains very difficult for fire suppression crews, with few roads leading into the fire area.

Fireline supervisors worked on Saturday to identify access points and plan for the completion of the remaining uncontained sections of fire line. Fire crews continued to monitor the lightning fire south of Bodi Lake, and saw crews made significant progress removing hazard trees.

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