Mackinac Bridge Walk, Labord Day 2003

Every Labor Day the Mackinac Bridge Authority closes down a few lanes of the Might Mac so people can walk across the bridge from St. Ignace to Mackinac City. We started our sojourn in line at 7:30 and were at the school buses about an hour later. At the St. Ignace end of the bridge around 9:00, but we did not start walking until a bit later due to one thing and another.

It was a nice enough stroll. I was somehow disapointed by the view through the gaps (the green lanes). I was expecting I'd see more of the waters below but I really could only see the below-deck superstructrue of the bridge. Oh well. Did see some small freighter activity on the straits of Mackinac. It was a clear blue bright day. Good temperatures and decent people of all ages (well one "professional whiner" who thought he was funny was just plain irritating). I said "all ages" but I'm not sure about ethnicities. While I imagine there were non-whites on the bridge I sure did not see them. But, I saw babies in strollers, toddlers on shoulders, children walking with parents, adults, teens, and seniors. Thousands of people.

We strolled across the bridge in a little less than 90 minutes. Then it was time to head home. All in all a strange kooky type of trip.

While we did not stay around it is clear to me even from just walking back to the van that an awful lot was going on. Vendors were out selling their wares, people were playing, familes were picnicing along the shore of the lake. People were having fun. It's too bad we couldn't stay and enjoy some of that too, but that is how things are. Instead we piled back into the van and drove back downstate. With a couple stops along the way at rest areas to enjoy a chance to stretch and have free coffee and doughnuts. What a great program that is. I am not quite sure who funds it but at all the Michigan rest stops on holiday weekends like this one there is a tarp set up with coffee, other drinks, and snacks like doughnuts and cookies. At our last stop we learned that they had gone through 40 dozen doughnuts and 30 dozen cookies in the 8 or so hours they had been open that day. That's a lot of food.

 


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