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! 😉


Weekly Photo Challenge: Arrange

Definition of: Arrange, arranged, arranging, arrangement:  to put into a proper order or into a correct or suitable sequence, relationship, or adjustment.  Examples: arrange flowers in a vase, arrange cards alphabetically.  (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Early in the morning, Baltimore Harbor is quiet.  Even the paddle boats are resting, with a slight bobbing motion now and then, all arranged in rows.   They are waiting for the crowds to appear to take them for bumpy jaunts around the harbor.  But for now, the paddle boats’ arrangement is peaceful.

The paddle boats in Baltimore Harbor are arranged in rows.

There can be high winds off Lake Michigan in the winter.  In Muskegon’s Pere Marquette beach area, the sand blows straight off the beach and into the yards of the homes across the road.  I’ve seen the sand a foot or more deep in these yards.  To help,  Muskegon arranges snow fences in lines, rows and in grid patterns on the beach.  This helps contain the sand.

On the Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, the snow fences are arranged specifically to keep the sand from blowing off the beach and across the road.

For the last two years, we have walked the mighty Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day.  The suspension bridge is five miles long and connects Upper Michigan to Lower Michigan.  The bridge has many cables.  There are huge tubular cables that run from the beginning of the bridge all the way up to the top of the towers.  Coming down from those huge cables are narrower suspension cables that connect to hold the road in place.  (you can tell I’m not an engineer!)  Those cables are arranged in a particular sequence. 

The suspension cables on the Mackinac Bridge are arranged in a particular sequence.

I apologize for the last photo’s blurriness.  The bridge moves with so many people walking on it.  Of course, that’s what suspension bridges are made to do…flex and move.

Thanks for visiting!  I can arrange for another visit for you! lol  😉

Have a good evening.

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