The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Monday, September 7, 2009

Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk!

There is only one day each year when pedestrians are allowed to cross the Mackinac Bridge: Labor Day. So, I backtracked to connect Segments 6&7 by walking the 5 mile bridge which spans the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's two peninsulas.

My husband, Jim, and youngest son, Lucas joined me on this warm, foggy morning's walk. This is an elegant bridge and an engineering marvel when it was built. It was completed in 1957 and, at that time, was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Two bridges have surpassed it in length, but (in my opinion) not in grace.

While the Brooklyn bridge is all macho and stayed, the Mackinac Bridge -- the Mighty Mac -- is all lightness, elegance and style.

We walked 6 miles which brings my Lake Trek total to 917 miles.


  1. Gorgeous photos Loreen!! Can't wait to read your book, when it is out on the shelves! I love reading your insightful comments. Michele C, Iowa City, IA

  2. Have you seen the movie "The Mist?" Third photo down looks like something out of that movie. Nice shot, it is "pretty" and creepy at the same time.

  3. It was a little 'other worldly' to walk on the fog obscured bridge. It felt like we were untethered from the world.