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Monday, July 30, 2007

Mackinac Bridge celebrates 50th anniversary

This post today is not about freaque waves. As much as this blog is more or less reactionary to news about freaque waves around the world, there hasn't been freaque waves in the news in recent days. That should be good news in itself, since it is usually "No news is good news!"

I came across this news item from the Cheboygan Daily Tribune about the maintenance of Mackinac bridge. Being a Michiganian (or Michigander) Cheboygan and Mackinac are not strange names I have to Google them up like I used to do with many of the foreign places I encounter. But what attracted my attention is this unusual picture:
as it is really not for or by tourists types. The article entitled "Mackinac's maintenance is top notch" detailed the Bridge's top notch maintenance efforts that make it the best maintained bridge in the world even after 50 years. As one who's afraid of height, just look at how those people are on their way to their maintenance works makes my knees shake! One sentence in the article is of particular interest to me:
Sometimes, during extreme wind conditions, locals will drive down to the shore to look at the waves and the bridge.
As non-locals, we have also enjoyed doing that -- looking at the waves and the bridge -- ourselves, even not necessarily during extreme wind conditions. That was in the good old days when my daughter was still very young, and we were eager to explore with her the beauties of the State we choose to call home.

Of course familiar pictures of Mackinac Bridge are like this one taken from the west side:
or this night view taken from the east side:The city of Cheboygan, Michigan is located to the east of Mackinaw City which is at the south end of the Mackinac Bridge. Here's another picture from the Cheboygan Daily Tribune showing the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Mackinac Bridge:
A good information source about Mackinac Bridge is from the Wikipedia.

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