Do people in other states walk across bridges on Labor Day? Or is this just a Michigan thing to do?
This year is the 53rd annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge. It’s a big thing around here. People travel from all over Michigan (the Upper AND Lower Peninsulas…as well as out-of-staters) to hike, walk or run across the five-mile span of the Mackinac Bridge which separates our beloved peninsulas.
Other towns have joined in the bridge fun, as well. Up the road in Houghton there is a five-mile walk which crosses the Portage Lift Bridge. Everyone is getting into this bridge-walking tradition!
Even our little township. Meet the people from Arvon Township. Yep, that’s us. We have our own little bridge walk. This is the 15th annual year of walking across the tiniest bridge you could imagine–well, maybe not tiny, but quite small) at Witz Marina out in Skanee.
Because it was the 15th annual celebration, some of the organizers decided that this year should have a theme. Guess what it was? Dress in your formal attire and prepare to walk across the bridge. Anyone have an old prom dress? An old wedding gown? The guys were advised to wear t-shirts and ties, but one dapper fellow arrived in a tuxedo.
These folks know how to have fun!
We’ve been to the Skanee bridge walk in recent years, mostly because Barry covers it for the newspaper. I joined him yesterday as he photographed the participants. We had another party at 3 p.m. so couldn’t stay for the fabulous tables of potluck food.
You’ve never seen people having so much fun! Almost made me wish I had come in a prom dress. (Although, there’s nothing like THAT in this house. Not even sure where my wedding gown might be…probably at my parent’s house in Yale…but can be darn sure I would split seams trying to put that on!)
Just wanted to share this blog with you before the blog about our party. It’s one of those mornings where you stare bleary-eyed at 134 photographs and wonder how and why you took so many pictures. I’ll show you our bridge walk, too. Four of us hiked for a couple of miles and peered over an old railroad bridge and admired the river.
I’m sure that all of you will be organizing your own bridge walks next Labor Day. Or come here to Michigan and join the fun & festivities!