to michigan, to michigan we go!

Photo credit to Letterform for the staging. I just took the the picture.

Photo credit to Letterform for the staging. I just took the the picture.

September in Leelanau County may be better than July in Michigan...and that's saying a lot coming from me.  But really--it's sunny, it's still warm enough to swim, it's devoid of the tourists that plague the area June through August, Art's Tavern is open until 12:30am and there are farm stands galor spotting M22.  So, it was with all these things in mind, and the continuing Chicago Teachers Union strike, that Ian and I, along with Tasha, set off to Northern Michigan for a weekend of homemade goodness, camping, thrifting and exploring with Letterform's creators Jule and Andy.  And what a great weekend it was....except for hitting a deer on the way up there....and sort of wrecking a car....enough about that.   Adventures abound--we found loads of collectibles left over from bygone days in the broken down barns on the property, ate great burgers at Art's, enjoying the Customer Appreciation at 7 Monks in Traverse City, hiked out to the national lakeshore and dipped our toes in the water and had a campfire with some friends who were camping in the area.  All in all, Ian and I left both thinking the same thing: "We're really, really glad we bought this place."

Hill, blue sky and leaves beginning to turn.

Outside the Cedar, MI sausage market.

Outside the Cedar, MI sausage market.

Amazing taco stand in the North. Not telling where it is, though. It's that good.

Amazing taco stand in the North. Not telling where it is, though. It's that good.

Tasha waking up after her night in the tent.

Tasha waking up after her night in the tent.

The very old, though still functional, thermostat in the 1900 farmhouse.

The very old, though still functional, thermostat in the 1900 farmhouse.

Insulators as far as the eye can see...

Insulators as far as the eye can see...

More insulators.  Hemingray.

More insulators.  Hemingray.

Outside the front door.  

Outside the front door.