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Stormin' Norman in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Tim and I often run away from home to Leelanau County. It’s based on the premise of getting away from work, but of course, that never actually happens for me because I take my camera with me everywhere I go, and when you’re self-employed, the brain never shuts off.

Below are a few photos of our day trip to Leelanau County – shot with my Canon EOS Rebel T6i. The Solon School is the coolest thing ever – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. The door was open, so of course, we snuck in and took some photos.

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Solon School, Leelanau County | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Solon School, Leelanau County | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015

Then after a few stops to shoot some cool old buildings and – oh hey, we’re in Cedar! – we drove up M22 to Leland and snapped a few photos of the gorgeous old Chris Crafts floating happily under the sheltering roof of the marina. We might possibly have been trespassing, but there was no one around and, well, they sure are a trusting bunch out in Leelanau County. Good for them.

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Vintage Chris Craft in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015

Whenever I’m in Leland, I like to take a picture of a little shop called Tug Stuff. That’s because Tim’s dad was named Tug, and pretty much everything in our life could be classified as “Tug Stuff.” When the kids are with us, we take a picture of them with the sign, because they are most definitely “Tug Stuff.”

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Tug Stuff in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015

We usually have dinner either at Knot Just a Bar in Omena or Boone’s Prime Time Pub in Suttons Bay (though we still refer to it as “Snooks”), but both were packed, so we ended up with some tasty Philly cheese steak sandwiches at Streetside Grille and wow, were they ever good. That place is definitely going into the rotation. It has a great vibe, partly because it has a groovy garage door-like door (though much cooler than your average garage door) that opens up into the outdoors. It’s like eating dinner in a tree house. Check it out when you’re out that way.  A few more photos:

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Solon School, Leelanau County | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Vintage Piano in the Solon School | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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I’m guessing this cool old building used to be a store. Someone jump in and tell us what you know in the comments below | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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I’m guessing this cool old building used to be a store. Someone jump in and tell us what you know in the comments below | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Vintage Chris Craft in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Vintage Chris Craft in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Vintage Chris Craft in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Leland River | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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Fishtown in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
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We found Joy … in Leland, Michigan | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015

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