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.

Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 180.

Day 180 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

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During the Christmas season, we are lucky in this country to have a wonderful charity called Toys for Tots, run by the United States Marine Corps. They make sure that every child has a toy to open on that wonderful morning for children… and that highly religious moment for adults.

On equal footing, in my opinion, is a locally-based organization called Books 4 Buddies. Their goal is to ensure that disadvantaged youth have leisure reading materials available— free of charge, year-round. Especially in the summer, when kids aren’t inundated with reading at school, it is so very important that they are encouraged to read. Reading is the baseline to all learning.

I was honored to be a part of a Books 4 Buddies event today. The photo above is co-author Joe Kelley and I with young Toure, founder of Books 4 Buddies. And I was overwhelmed at the number of books that were brought in by people from all walks of life. Go ahead— find an organization like this in your community. Or go start one of your own. Get some books into the hands of our future. Books are like a toy for the brain.

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

Here is the complete list for the month of June:

  • Sky
  • Handwriting
  • Skyline
  • Cheese
  • Shadow
  • Early
  • Summertime
  • Bedhead
  • Water
  • Silly
  • Toy
  • Event
  • Tiny
  • Event
  • Hot
  • Totally
  • Out
  • Imperfect
  • Thinking
  • Books
  • Decorate
  • Angle
  • Door
  • View
  • Soft
  • Shopping
  • Citrus
  • Sunny
  • Self
  • Shoes
  • Home

June Word List

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Bucket List Photo Challenge: Day 120.

Day 120 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!

Hey, readers! On April 28th, I went on a 2-week “off the net” writing retreat to get a jumpstart on a new book. So, I wasn’t able to post photos to my Bucket List Challenge. While my challenge is important to me, the writing process for my upcoming projects takes precedence. Although I didn’t post photos, I took a lot of new ones and compiled two weeks worth of posts to play “catch-up.” Posts from April 28th through May 10th were all posted on May 10th with a back-date!

Time to begin a new month! See the full list for May at the bottom of the post!

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Talent is a word I was thinking about to start my month. My talent is communication. My talent is clearly not drawing. Above, I’ve posted a picture at my attempt to illustrate my own book. This little piece of artwork was done last year, just after my first book was released. I was in a mood and started yammering on about, “why hire an illustrator? I’ll just do it myself!”

Well, this is solid proof that we all have different talents. Because here is what real illustrations, done by professionals, look like:

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We’ll call this picture TALENT and scratch it off the list!

Here is the complete list for the month of May:

Wild

School

Fearless

Wonder

Farm

Historic

Light

Bright

Scary

Reading

Tree

Flowers

Rare

Verse

Weeds

BBQ

Laugh

Storm

Play

Time

Treasure

Talent

Friendship

Animal

Excitement

Pure

Dirty

Bargain

Improvement

Forward

May Photo Challenge

Remember, let me know here if you’re doing a Bucket List Photo Challenge in 2013. And upload your photo to Twitter using #BucketListPhotoChallenge

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