Walking the Mighty Mackinac Bridge

“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.

Mackinac Bridge taken from Mackinac Island

Capturing a slice of water between two buildings in town. Note the bikes!

This is Main St. on Mackinac Island.  If you look closely you can see all types of traffic~  Horse-drawn, bicycles, and foot traffic.  Try clicking on this image to see if it will enlarge.

This carriage will take you to and from the Grand Hotel. It’s on Huron St. with private residences in view.

This flower bed is below the hotel in the garden, fountain, pool and labyrinth area.

Enjoying a lemonade and the views from the Cupola.

Looking at the Grand Hotel’s Cupola….the curved windows at the very top. The perfect place to relax! ~~Besides the lovely porch!

The next day I awoke to find this sunrise over the Straits of Mackinac. A pretty way to end a nice weekend!

If you’d like more information on the Mackinac Bridge, check out this site:
Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Thanks for visiting and viewing!  Come back! 😉

Judy

Tour stop #2~Sapelo Island, GA.

Hello blogger buddies!  Climb aboard.  The ferry to Sapelo Island is leaving!  It will take about 15-20 minutes to get to the island.

The earliest humans on Sapelo Island lived there over 4000 years ago.  Those inhabitants were the Paleo-Indians who left evidence of their lives on the island with shell middens, that can still be seen today.  Middens are mounds or deposits of shells or bones.   There were others before him, but  Sapelo Island was purchased by Thomas Spaulding in the 1800’s.  Spaulding was an amateur agriculturist, who built a large home on the south end of the island.  In 1911, Howard Coffin, founder of the Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, MI,  purchased the island, living there until 1933.  Using the foundation of the Spaulding home, the Coffins renovated and expanded the home, making it quite a showplace.   From 1933-1965, RJ Reynolds owned the island and upgraded the home again.  As the others before him, he enjoyed agricultural experimentation.

Today the island is under the direction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.   The island is home to the Sapelo Island Natural Estuarine Research Reserve.  (SINERR)  The reserve enables visitors to see the elements of a natural barrier island, such as: diverse wildlife in the upland forests, vast expanses of the Spartina salt marsh, and the complex beach and dunes system.  Tours also enable the visitor to experience the African-American community of Hog Hammock, the mansion and the lighthouse.

PLEASE CLICK ON ONE OF THE THUMBNAILS TO START THE GALLERY!

For more information on Sapelo Island, GA.  click here

Thanks for joining me on the tour!  I hope you had fun and learned something new!

Judy

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