Pure Michigan: Pure Barns

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As Julie and I were driving through the countryside yesterday, looking for photo ops in the rare Michigan winter sunshine, we talked a lot about barns. The area we live in has lots of small farms and swamps. Julie thinks Michigan may have the most uninhabitable land second only to Alaska – because of our swamps. Probably isn’t true when we think of the mountain states – but it sure seems like it. I have a fondness for swamps but today is about barns.

When I am in Florida for the winter months (except December) I really miss barns. We have even driven through the southern Florida farm lands and they don’t have real barns. You know, the real barns that are red. I find traveling around the US a lot of fun because I become aware of the different styles and colors of barns. Isn’t it interesting that we assume that real is what we grew up around. Then we start moving further and further away from the familiar and our reality is also broadened.

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But it sure is nice to be back in Michigan where we have real barns! If you think your barns are the real thing, just do a post, provide a link in the comments, and prove it to me.