Most little towns out here have at least one of these old buildings left.
On the way back from Manitou Beach, Emil and I took a drive around the wee village of Guernsey — or what is left of it.
I am 56 years old, and I remember when buildings very like these were still in use in my home town. Whenever and wherever I see these or buildings like them, I'm taken back to those slower, carefree days when the two-month summer vacation felt like an entire year. When there were no woodticks around here. When I had a bike-riding buddy. When my grandparents were alive.