(not so) Wordless Wednesday...

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(not so) Wordless Wednesday...

I remember the first time I saw the Mackinac Bridge bride, I was standing on the fan tail of the ferry with my dad on one of our family get-together's in the Yooper. I marveled at the insect sized workmen scurrying over the steel super-structure like ants devouring a PB&J sandwich. Full of child-like wonderment, I pondered in my minds eye what the yet unfinished suspension span would look like when done.

That was the last time I saw the bridge. In the early 90's, I made my first of 9 white-knuckled trips across the bridge on my '84 Gold Wing. White-knuckled, because there was only one time that the wind was below 25 knots. The trips were quite an adrenaline rush, even for an experienced rider. But then, 4 fingers of Jack, will give most folks enough liquid courage to do just about anything...

Macinac Bridge ~ Photo by Michael Thornton; RadnorLake Photography

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Rainmaker
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
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Michael....Great photo as always....I know it had to be a fun ride!
Hope you have a great day!!---Rob

May 18, 2011 06:54 AM #9
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Judy Jennings
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Michael - Excellent photo. The tree draws you right into the photo. Very nice.

May 18, 2011 07:00 AM #10
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Cindy Marchant
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My brother is a cancer survivor and every year for the last 10 or so he and his wife walk that bridge over Labor Day; it's quite the event!

May 18, 2011 07:03 AM #11
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Michael,

As always you have dazzled us with your photographic ability and ability to weave a yarn. Thanks for both this morning!

May 18, 2011 07:18 AM #12
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Debbie Gartner
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What a great sight and stunning picture.  I love how you've captured the movement in the air and water.

May 18, 2011 07:21 AM #13
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Wayne Martin
Michael Saunders & Company - Sarasota, FL
Sales Manager - New Homes & Condominiums Division

Somehow that bridge looks different after reading your story. Perhaps I'll have to have a second look this evening after sipping a few fingers of scotch. Enjoy the day!

May 18, 2011 07:22 AM #14
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Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
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Michael, I am up and over that span at least every other year. Last year we were there in July, enroute to our "Yooper" campground. It is quite the span.

May 18, 2011 07:22 AM #15
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James Dray
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I like Jack him and I have had many discussions

May 18, 2011 07:25 AM #16
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning Michael.

I love this photo...This is a picture that needs to be framed.

Have a nice day.

May 18, 2011 07:31 AM #17
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Dick and Dixie Sells
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This photo is a real winner and I had to look up this bridge. Here is a tidbit of information for you.

"The bridge celebrated its 150 millionth vehicle crossing on September 6, 2009!"

That is quite a lot of crossings!

May 18, 2011 08:25 AM #18
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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As a kid, I was terrified of big bridges like this, and car washes, OK that was random, but true! 

May 18, 2011 08:35 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your memories and a beautiful photograph of the bridge. Have a great day and be sure to have your camera in hand for those special moments.

 Blooming for you!

May 18, 2011 08:36 AM #20
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Hannah Williams
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Great pic Michael ..I can hear the river water lapping

Hannah

May 18, 2011 08:39 AM #21
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
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Michael, we have crossed this bridge many times, and you feel sooo high up in the middle... I remember the sides seeming to be soo low, and winds blowing...

thanks for the memories brought back.

May 18, 2011 11:14 AM #22
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Craig Rutman
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I don't know my friend. But 4 fingers of Jack and I'm not so sure I'd even get on the bike, let alone ride across that bridge!

I do however love the way you used the tree branch to frame part of the picture. Sort of the man vs. nature thing.

May 18, 2011 12:23 PM #23
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Keith Gilkey
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Michael, Great story! I'm sure the four fingers of Jack was a lot of help. Love the photo and thanks for sharing. 

May 18, 2011 03:04 PM #24
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Mike,

Jack and a Gull...perfect combination.

Rich

May 18, 2011 06:26 PM #25
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
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Michael,

If you had your own a magazine I'd subscribe to it because everything you write is so well written, educational, entertaining, interesting, and you always have really great articles. For now... I'll settle for subscribing to your Blog.

You are truly talented!

Your story about the Mackinac Bridge gave me a rush! I've heard so many good stories about it, but none as good as yours! I love the photo too!

Patricia

May 18, 2011 07:15 PM #26
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Howdy and evening to you Michael

Michael,
that there sure is a mighty fine photo you took of the Mackinac Bridge. Being a biker also, I sure know that ride was mighty fun.

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Have a good one
Dale

May 18, 2011 08:17 PM #27
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Hi Michael,

I have visited relatives in Michigan and crossed it many times.  My grandmother took great pride in walking the bridge each year.  It is one of my earliest memories of her.  Great photo and thanks for the memories/nostalgia flash.

Mel

May 22, 2011 11:37 AM #28
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