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:


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


Approaching the bridge, traveling West.


I couldn’t get enough of this view…


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


One final pass under the bridge, traveling East.

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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One Day in Malaga, Spain PART THREE

For this third part in my Malaga series, I’m taking you on a tour of the local produce market. When I heard that there was a giant market right in the heart of town, I had to find it… photos at places like this are awesome. And, when you think about it, you can’t get much more local than where folks buy their groceries, right?


Doesn’t all that cheese look so good!?!? I want to have a whole wine store to go with it!




The smell while walking past the booths filled with olives was indescribable.



IMG_6933Fruits and vegetables never cease to amaze me with their color.



IMG_6932And the variety that was available was just stunning.



IMG_6930Miguel really knows how to filet fish, apparently.



IMG_6929What kind of fish are these? Can somebody help me?



Finally… as I was entering the market…

IMG_6926Now, is this a man? Or a really unfortunate-looking woman? Keep in mind that this photo was taken on Valentine’s Day. And ‘she’ was a bride, as far as I could tell from the photo. But Crocs? What kind of a bride, male or female, would wear Crocs down the aisle?!?!

Have a good one, everybody!


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