Journey Under the Bridge

Earlier this month, I knocked two items off my Bucket List. I’ll share these adventures with you over the next couple of days.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a fascination with the Mackinac Bridge. Almost every summer, my family would make a trip north, to visit my mother’s friend from high school, Val. Val and her husband Roger live in Wakefield, Michigan… which is almost to Wisconsin. So “the bridge” was our halfway point.

I remember seeing advertisements for boat trips that took tourists underneath The Mighty Mac. Each summer, I would beg to go… but each summer, we were in too much of a rush to get there or get home. Or we ended up taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island.

This year, I knew I’d end up in Mackinaw City for the release of our book, Murdick’s Mackinaw Mystery, so I made plans to finally take my ride under the bridge. The boat was the Ugly Annie… and the trip was simply magnificent. Of course, this is coming from the guy that was always more impressed with the Hoover Dam than the Grand Canyon. I guess man-made mechanical marvels are more interesting to me than natural creations… more on that in another post.

For now, here are some pictures from my trip under the Mackinac Bridge:

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One of the island ferries, with the Grand Hotel in the background.

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Approaching the bridge, traveling West.

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I couldn’t get enough of this view…

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Yeah… after seeing this, I won’t be driving in the center lanes again.

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One final pass under the bridge, traveling East.

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A Visit to Aaron Murdick’s Fudge in Mackinaw City, Michigan

As you know, I am happily carving out my little space in the world of Children’s Literature… one book, one message at a time.

To do this, I’ve begun partnering with well-respected, family-owned businesses from different parts of our country. From Tony Packo’s in Toledo, Ohio… to Campbell’s Sweets Factory in Cleveland, Ohio… to The Popcorn Cellar in Naples, Florida… and Smok’n Pig BBQ in Georgia… I’ve had a world of fun.

But my favorite part about all of this is when I get to visit the business and learn a little bit about how they operate. Sometimes, co-author Joe Kelley and I are even invited to help! Check out this video of our recent visit to Aaron Murdick’s Fudge in Mackinaw City, Michigan:

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Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 211.

Day 211 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

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As you may or may not know, I had the distinct pleasure of living in Hawaii for three years, on the beautiful island of Maui. A question I get quite often is, “don’t you miss it?”

Well, yes and no. Have you ever lived on an island? I can attest that “island fever” is a very real thing. You can only drive so far. Believe it or not, you can only go to the beach so many times. And you are very, very disconnected from the rest of the world… some may even call it “The Real World.”

Maui is a beautiful place to visit… but it takes a special person to live there year-round. Besides, you can find insanely beautiful places all around you, wherever you are. Even in Lake Erie, where this photo was taken.

Let’s call this photo INSANELY and knock that word off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of July:

  • Firework
  • Snap
  • Pop
  • Crackle
  • Laughing
  • Craziness
  • Golf
  • Fruit
  • Unique
  • Young
  • Five
  • Flag
  • Red, White, Blue
  • Americana
  • Celebration
  • Family
  • Sweltering
  • Cooling
  • Scrumptious
  • Insanely
  • Parade
  • Wholesome
  • On-a-Limb
  • Start
  • Picnic
  • Wine
  • Wacky
  • Spinning
  • Delightful
  • Dirty
  • Wood

July Photo List

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