Yesterday our family and some friends walked the Mackinac_Bridge which is the longest suspension bridge in the Western hemisphere–all but my 16 yr old son, who was sick. It was a great day with perfect weather and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It only took us about an hour and a half to walk the five miles, but with the drive and waiting in line, plus a little shopping afterwards it ended up being a very big day.
Every year on Labor Day, they close half the bridge to vehicle traffic and allow people to walk it. The walk starts at 7 am, so we wanted to get there early, but since it’s a 4 hour drive, that makes an awfully early morning. We left at 3 AM, but by the time we got to Mackinaw City, parked, walked, and waited in line an hour for a bus to take us to the north end of the bridge, it was 8:30. It took half an hour to cross the bridge on the bus, so we didn’t actually start walking until 9:00. This picture is from their website, and shows the view that I really wanted to see–from the very top of one of the towers! Wouldn’t it be cool to be up there? I could see some very tiny-looking people standing up there 300 feet above us yesterday, and I was jealous.
I didn’t take my camera because I wanted NO extra encumbrances beyond my water bottle, but my youngest daughter has pictures, so I may borrow a few whenever she gets them on the computer.
I came home with a certificate proclaiming me bridgewalker #20,922, a wonderfully soft fuzzy blue sweater, and a blister between my toes, and we all want to go back next year!