“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to
build bridges, not create conflict.” ~Kjell Magne Bondevik
The Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, was built in November, 1957. The entire length of the bridge is 5 miles. The bridge is a suspension type of bridge, and while certainly not a “Galloping Gertie”, it does have some movement. When walking, this movement can be felt in the center section, between the two towers. At first it’s an odd feeling, but you get used to it. It’s rather fun trying to walk a straight line in that section! This year there were 45,000 people who walked the bridge during the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. They keep the two south-bound lanes open for N/S traffic and the walkers get the northbound lanes for walking…from 7 am-2 pm.
This is the third year in a row we’ve walked the bridge and the weather was gorgeous. We saw a beautiful sunrise from the bridge and the temperatures were 60-70 degrees F. We finished at 8:30 am, had breakfast in Mackinaw City on the mainland (lower peninsula), and headed by ferry to Mackinac Island.
Visiting Mackinac Island is like going back to the turn of the century. No cars are allowed, only foot traffic, horses, horse-drawn carriages & sleighs (in winter), and bicycles. The pace is delightfully slower here. A few hundred people live on the island. The governor has a residence, and there are many B&B’s. The most famous of the hotels is the Grand Hotel. It is a massive building and very grand, as its name implies. It sits prominently on a hill overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. A long porch catches the breeze and one of the rockers is a perfect place for a nap! We love to go to the very top, to the Cupola, where wide windows on three sides offer views of the bridge, Round Island, ferries, and the Straits. If you’re lucky, you can see a huge barge pass by. If you’d like to see the Grand Hotel, check out the movie: “Somewhere in Time”. It was filmed on the island.
If you’d like more information on the Mackinac Bridge, check out this site:
Mackinac Bridge Authority.
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