Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Spanning The Straits

If only we could have crossed Mighty Mac on a less dreary day, maybe my photos would be a little better.  But this is how it's been the entire time we were in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - overcast.  I actually like when the weather is overcast, but it doesn't always make for the best photos.  Cloudy, yes - you get some good color on a cloudy day as the clouds sometimes act like a filter - but when it's completely overcast, not so much.  Ed promised we'd be back, which I do hope because I've been wanting to go up

That said, we got this photo of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, at a little rest area pull-off just before we hit the toll booth.  At five miles long, it's the third longest suspension bridge in the world, and the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. 
I have a thing for bridges - being so high up, seeing the views and all the water - I also fear plunging off the edge, but I rarely think of that part.  This is the only bridge we've ever been on that requires trucks to drive twenty miles an hour.  It was actually quite peaceful, that pace.  I wish they'd have a twenty mile an hour speed limit on the George Washington Bridge, or even the Tappan Zee.  I don't like all those people whizzing by me when there's so much traffic and so much room for operator error - theirs, not mine.

Our load picked up in the city that anchors the southern edge of the bridge - Mackinaw City (which is actually a village, not a city) - pieces of a dismantled water park heading east.

Ed promised me that we'll come back, another time when the weather is a little prettier and the tourist spots aren't closed for the season.  I've been wanting to visit Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel ever since I saw the movie "Somewhere In Time" back in the eighties.  I need to sit on that 660 foot front porch!

See you soon, Mishigamaa.

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2011: Diner In The Mountains
2010: Limone Costa d’Amalfi
2009: To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo
2008: Sparkle And Glow
2007: I See Sea Scallops
2006: My New Favorite Song
2005: Lazy Sunday

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