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."