391 River Street
One of the luxuries retirement affords me is the ability to spend time at the family cottage during the week when most of the people on the lake have gone home to school and jobs. It's not exactly schadenfreude, although I must admit that I do derive a small amount of satisfaction from the fact that when I do return home, my departure will be dictated largely by the weather forecast rather than the commitments of employment. But the real luxury is the peace, the tranquility, and the joy that comes from setting my own schedule. I can enjoy a late breakfast on the deck during what would have been second hour and then go for a walk around our small, 40-acre lake during third hour.
Time at the cottage with no commitments comes with yet another advantage. The cottage is in a prime location for more than just sun and swimming. The nearest town, Baldwin, Michigan, is situated within a reasonable drive to many small Michigan tourist towns, and such towns, I have discovered, are often home to interesting small bookstores. Those who have been readers of my blog since I began this journey 10 months ago, will remember that my very first post concerned just such a town, Ludington. (See The Book Mark) Recently, I took the opportunity to visit Manistee, another charming tourist town less than an hour from the cottage. It was there that I visited a delightful establishment called simply The Bookstore. I would soon learn that it is much more than that simple name implies.