The Bridge

First off, the bridge is named after the island only because it has such a lovely view as it connects the straights of Mackinac. It's a bit confusing, yes, but it does not connect to the island. Sorry. 

On that note it is in the top five sights to see on your trip here. Don't worry, if you're afraid of heights or don't want to pay the toll to drive across it, you can still appreciate the sight. Actually it is best to view on the island. The ferry trip alone will give you enough time to bask in its glory. From me to you, I'll share one of my favorite spots on the island.

When you enter town, keep going. As always everything can be found on the main road. Go past the cute little turquoise library. There will be some beautiful (shocker) houses in which the islanders reside. Keep going. Finally you will reach the Mackinac Island public school, K-12. This is it. Your final destination. 

Why is it so special, you ask? Well because it has a perfect view of the bridge. Across the road is a little bench for the exact purpose of sitting and watching the sun set. If you have kids it is a great time to let them play on the playground and witness the beauty of the island. Taking a trip to the school can really leave a mark on your visit here on the island. If you stay out long enough to see the bridge in the dark you can get a view that is really spectacular. The lights on the bridge turn on and transform into something almost magical. Not to mention, on the way back you get to experience town after nearly everyone has left. I highly recommend you add a trip to the school as part of your Mackinac Must Sees. The bridge is truly a sight to behold. 

What kind of person would I be if I didn't show pictures of this famed beauty? See for yourself. Be impressed.

 

 

See those dots there? Those are cars. It's THAT big.


 
 

This is just a glimpse at how foggy it can get.


 
 

Sunsets behind the bridge are one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Each one impresses me more every time. (It's also my screen saver).


 
 

Fun fact: these lights are meant to distinguish the bridge from the pitch black sky so planes don't accidentally crash into them. But, as I like to think of them, they're party lights every day of the year!


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Elizabeth Findley

I'm not really in the professional mood to write a real bio, so just use this as a sarcastic place holder. And, if, for any reason, I never get back to writing this, then...you know what...never mind. Eh. Ehhhhhhhh. I do web shtuff.

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time (1980) 

In 1972, playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) becomes fascinated by a photo of Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), a turn-of-the-century stage actress, while staying at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan. As Richard's obsession grows, he learns from a friend that time travel may actually be possible through hypnosis. Richard travels in time to meet Elise, and the two appear destined to be together. However, Elise's jealous manager (Christopher Plummer) attempts to keep them apart.*

IMDb gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Let me start from the beginning. The movie was set and filmed on the island, which basically made everyone frothing at the mouth excited. Somewhere in Time is a big pride for us because of all the promotion and, frankly, screen time it received. Though it was from a long time ago, you can still find it's footprints on the island. Several stores will sell various memorabilia commemorating the movie.  Also there is a plaque on the side of the island marking the site of a romantic scene.  

Now, here's the thing. It's also so popular on the island and in my family because they used the islanders as extras in the movie. My family are seen in the ballroom dancing at the far corner of the screen. John Findley even bumps into Christopher Reeve and gets a whole second of screen time. My father in particular is pretty sore about the whole thing. See, he went away to a fancy band camp that summer and wasn't there to be a part of the action. Everyone else got to be in the movie except him. 

The island is obsessed with few things. Fudge. Horses. And Somewhere in Time. 

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Elizabeth Findley

I'm not really in the professional mood to write a real bio, so just use this as a sarcastic place holder. And, if, for any reason, I never get back to writing this, then...you know what...never mind. Eh. Ehhhhhhhh. I do web shtuff.