Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 3, 2010

Friday Trivia

Q. What is the only state in the U.S. that is divided into two peninsulas separated by the waters of two Great Lakes, and joined by a suspension bridge?

Thousands share in the camaraderie of an early morning 5-mile hike across the bridge

A. Brilliant, dear reader!

Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas were connected via ferry across the Straits of Mackinac until the Mackinac Bridge opened in November 1957.

This Monday, September 6, marks the annual opportunity for pedestrians to cross that link on the 53rd annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.

It’s not too late to join the thousands of folks of all ages and abilities who arrive at the crack of dawn to make the 5-mile hike above the Straits of Mackinac, between St. Ignace in the UP and Mackinaw City at the Tip of the Lower Peninsula’s Mitten.

Patch Proud One: Broadcast your participation with a patch for each year: 19 and counting

No advance registration is required, and the only fee is for the bus ride to the point of origin.

There’s no sense in me repeating all of the info posted at the official Mackinac Bridge Walk website.

Just head to the Straits of Mackinac and plan to have a memorable walk on Labor Day.

Patch Proud Two: Recruit a friend

Visitor Info Click: Mackinaw City

Visitor Info Click: St. Ignace

Travel Michigan:

Mackinac Bridge: Bridge info

If ya got it, flaunt it: This 80-something bridge walker shows off her bikini bod (sort of)

Bridge Walk humor: After a 5-mile walk, chalk outlines claim, "Almost Made It" near the finish line in Mackinaw City

If you're lucky a passing freighter will cooperate for a great photo op



  1. I have always wanted to do this – great photos of it! And a beautimous day for it! I absolutely love the 80-year young gal – my smile for the day 🙂

    • That lady had so much spunk, I’ll bet she was there again this year. Heaven knows what she wore (or didn’t?) to top that outfit from last year!

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