Come Walk The Mighty Mack

The Labor Day weekend marks the end of a beautiful summer. Everyone will have to start getting back onto the “winter schedule” But for us this weekend is a time to see our Labor Day families. Every year we welcome back several families that we have seen for years. We get caught up on the events of the last year and remark on how much the kids have grown. It is a special time for us. We ask what time they will be leaving to walk the bridge on Labor Day morning. Most guests leave about 5:30 a.m. to catch the bus to St. Ignace. They wait till the governor starts her jog across the bridge at 7:00 a.m. Then all the people waiting since the predawn hours start walking behind her. From the bridge, the first walkers get to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the Straits of Mackinac. Once they arrive on this side of the bridge, they are presented with a numbered certificate signifying that they had completed the five mile walk. The numbers are significant because some of them have won a gift at local merchant in town. All one need to do is check the numbers listed on the doors of merchants and claim their prize.
Back at the motel, I have sent my husband, Lynn, to walk the bridge while I prepare breakfast for all the guests. It is a very festive time here because guests are pitching in and helping me and everyone is in wonderful spirits. One guest keeps in constant contact with her husband walking the bridge via walkie talkies. Freighters slipping under the bridge blow a master salute to the Mighty Mack and in the process scare the bejebbies out of some walkers.
When the walkers return for breakfast, stories of proposals on the bridge and funny incidents are recanted and enjoyed by all. When the laughter dies down, most guests return to their rooms and take an long nap.
As for Lynn and me we just continue with our work at the motel……very quietly so as not to disturb anyone. Why not put the Labor Day weekend on your next year things to do list? You won’t be sorry!

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