Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bridge walk

Early morning walkers cross the Mackinac Bridge as the sun rises on Lake Huron. Governor Granholm led the way by running across the five mile bridge. Thousands of participants followed the governor on the bridge that connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. (I took this photo as we drove to the St. Ignace side of the bridge where the walk began.)

Julie and Betsy walked the Big Mac. Every Labor Day part of the Mackinac Bridge is closed to vehicles and open for pedestrians. This spring, when our living room was still jammed with hospital bed and wheelchair, Julie and Betsy set their goal on walking across the five mile bridge.

Monday, seven months, two weeks and five days after the accident, they met that goal.

"Look for the red sweatshirt" Julie told me. Amanda, Kendra and David Byler joined Julie and Betsy in walking the bridge; they are somewhere in the crowd of thousands of people also walking across the bridge.

Five-mile-long, two-hundred-feet-above-the-water, suspension bridges aren't my thing so I declined the opportunity to walk across the Mackinac Bridge. My accomplishment of the day was driving across the bridge; I even kept my eyes open!

Kendra, David and Amanda skip stones after completing the walk. Photographing the Great Lakes is my thing and I had no problem amusing myself while the others walked the bridge.


  1. glad you had a fun day with your camera

  2. Wow, I'm glad Juie and Betsy were able to complete their goal! :)
    We were camping that weekend and it looked much like what was in the pictures {rainy and cold}.

  3. WOOT WOOT!!! Yes! Congrats to Julie and Betsy!!! It makes all those pool sessions worth it :)

    God bless!

  4. Ha ha...that last comment was from your former physical therapist (I forgot to sign my name)