Gallery 47: Pure Michigan – Upper/Lower Peninsula in Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. The bridge opened in 1957, the 26,372 foot-long (4.995 mile) bridge (familiarly known as “Big Mac” and “Mighty Mac”) is the world’s 24th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The height of the Main Towers above the water is 552 ft., the depth of the water at Midspan is 295 ft., the height of the roadway above the water at Midspan is 199 ft., the total length of wire in the Main Cables is 42,000 miles, and the total weight of the bridge is 1,024,500 tons. The cost to build the bridge was $70,268,500 in 1957 dollars. On June 25, 1998 the bridge celebrated its 100 millionth crossing!

The Cross in the Woods is a Catholic shrine located in Indian River, Michigan. It was declared a national shrine by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on September 15, 2006. With the largest crucifix in the world, it has become one of the most famous and most frequently visited shrines in Michigan. The highlight of the shrine is a large wooden cross and bronze figure of Christ by sculptor Marshall Fredericks. The cross is made of Oregon redwood timber and stands 55 feet tall, the bronze cast of Christ is from Oslo, Norway and weights seven tons and is 28 feet long, head to toe.

The Leelanau Peninsula is home to 27 wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The authentic taste of the peninsula in local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.

The Lakefront Park in Petoskey is located along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. It has over 25 acres with 7800 feet of public shoreline which is very scenic and features various facilities for Petoskey residents and their guests. Residents consider it a “treasure” that is easily accessed to and from the downtown area via a pedestrian tunnel.

In season, all around the Leelanau Peninsula there are various Pumpkin Patches to pick out the perfect pumpkin! Some take hayrides through an apple orchard that makes for an exciting day with the kids. Some get lost in a corn maze! Regardless, my favorite is the various Pumpkin Patches with hundreds of Pumpkins, Warted Gourds, Squash, etc.! It all makes for a fun day and great pictures!