Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Our Wee Vacation

I thought I would share with you all some photos from our wee vacation up to the Mackinac Bridge which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. This area has fond memories to me because my parents had a rustic cabin in the UP on 40 acres with a river running through it. We visited each summer from the time I was a very small child. In the beginning we took a ferry across the Strait of Mackinac until this grand bridge was completed in 1957.
Here I took a photo of the Mackinac Bridge from the lovely park area in Mackinaw City. This grand bridge is 5 miles long and connects Mackinaw City and St. Ignace in the UP. This is where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan comes together and is called the Strait of Mackinac.

This is the entrance to the visitor center which is built under the bridge area. A bit of history about this area and the bridge. The Algonquin Native Americans called the straits "Michilimackinac" which means jumping off place. The Mackinac Bridge took 3 1/2 years to build, which included 4 summers and NO winter. It was open to traffic on November 1st 1957. Oh, it is a grand site while crossing at night with all its glowing lights that reflect on the shining waters below. I never get tired looking at this awesome bridge
This is the area in Mackinaw City where you can still get on a ferry and cross over to Mackinac Island another wonderful place in Michigan. In the Spring they are noted for their wonderful blooms of Lilacs in many array of colors.

While walking the white sandy shores of Lake Superior I came upon a birch tree with the most unusual fungus growing on it. Hmmmmmmmmm, I said, I must have a photo of it so I can use the idea in a piece of art one day. vbg Isn't it awesome looking? vbg

It had been way to many years since I had visited the UP of Michigan. My Sweetie thought we should take this trip where he could see the places I kept telling him about that I loved so much when I was a kid. "Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore" was another place I remembered well. They get the name "Pictured Rocks" from the streaks of mineral stains that decorates the face of the sculpted cliffs. This photo is of "Miners Castle". My brothers and I climbed these rock and was so amazed by the wonderful sites we could see from them. You can not longer climb on them.

This is a photo of my "Sweetie". He is such a kind and wonderful man. Here he is with his vest of many pockets that I bought him sometime ago. He wears it all the time when we go on trips because he has all those pockets full of goodies that we may need. LOL
Take care all, Hugs Judy in Western Michigan where we are experiencing a glorious Autumn weather.

9 comments:

Lyn from Melbourne. AU said...

Judy your photos are just super and the commentary is great to brings it all to life, the seascape is just spectacular, thanks for sharing. hugs Lyn in Melbourne,AU

Heather said...

Judy, great photos. I am glad you had a nice vacation, it is always nice to get away for a bit. Your photos are great.

I especially thought it was interesting to read what you said about the birch trees. The fungus growing on the trees is very common where I live. I actually have quite a stash of various sizes because I collect them off the fallen trees and hope one day to use them. Many people do different things with them, paint on them, beadwork, use them in hangings. What a small world it actually is to know this fungus grows way down there too.

Hugs, Heather

Jacq said...

Thanks for sharing your trip. It brought back memories of a family trip to the UP across the Mackinac Bridge. I think it was in 1964 and we lived in Dearborn, MI

Solstitches said...

What a wonderful picture show Judy. I enjoyed this post a lot.
Nice new blog header too!

Hugs,
Margaret

Miss Nancy said...

I really enjoy viewing your photos.
You have a way of making us the read about it feel like we are their. Thanks for sharing!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Lyn, Heather, Miss Nancy, Margaret, and Jacq. Thanks you all for visiting my blog. greatly appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed the photos of our wee vacation. Northern Michigan and the UP is such a great place to visit and so very relaxing and peaceful too. Hugs to all Judy

Maggie R said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Judy....
The scenery is breutiful.
xoxo
((((hugs))))
maggie

sparkle jars said...

Thank you for taking us along on your vacation. I've been wanting to visit that area for years. :-)

Zoey said...

Hi Judy,
I just wandered in and enjoyed your post about the bridge.

I was impressed that you even knew the correct spelling of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Bridge...very few people ever get that correct.

I live in Northern MI (lower Penn) so I cross the mighty Mac fairly often. DH and I went to Pictured Rocks for the first time in August. We enjoyed it very much.

I am off now to explore more of your blog.

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