The Mackinac Bridge

 Mackinac Bridge

The pride of every Michigander , The Mackinac Bridge stands out as one of the marvels of northern Michigan. In ancient times , the  Ojibwa tribe considered the area to be sacred. The Algonquian peoples, the Native Americans who lived in the straits area prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century called this region Miciliamac, which is widely understood to mean the Great Turtle presumably named for the shape of Mackinac Island. I’m not sure since airplanes hadn’t been invented yet, they knew it was shaped like a turtle.

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That is easy to understand , because of the beauty, peace and calm surrounding the island and landscape, there is much reason to believe they were correct.

Opened on November 1,1957 , it spanned the straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

The bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest in the western hemisphere . All suspension bridges are designed to move to accommodate wind, change in temperature, and weight. It is possible that the deck at center span could move as much as 35 feet (east or west) due to high winds.

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This would only happen under severe wind conditions. The deck would not swing or “sway” but rather move slowly in one direction based on the force and direction of the wind. After the wind subsides, the weight of the vehicles crossing would slowly move it back into center position. The steel superstructure will support one ton per lineal foot per roadway (northbound or southbound).

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Certainly one of the most pristine locations in the United States, Mackinac Bridge is surrounded by natural beauty.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Sturgeon Point Harrisville Michigan

 

Sturgeon Point, Michigan

Built in 1869 ,Sturgeon Point Light House is a lighthouse on Port Huron in Haynes township, Alcona county near Harrisville Michigan. It’s construction is a prime example of Cape Cod type light houses that were built on the Great Lakes.

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The location is roughly halfway between Alpena’s Thunder Bay Island and the northern entry to Saginaw Bay. Importantly, this point sits atop a formidable reef that is an imminent hazard to navigation.

Located in Sturgeon Point Scenic Site, a Michigan state park,the lighthouse is maintained and operated by the Alcona Historical Society,a private organization that funds the maintenance and operation with few public funds.

The light house is normally open during the summer , but it closes daily at 3 PM, so be sure to go early. There is a small fee, used to cover liability insurance. 

Along with the small admission fee, a strawberry social is held at the Bailey School every June to help cover the costs of operation.

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Be sure to spend a few minutes enjoying the scenery, you will be glad you did.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Blue Water Bridge Port Huron Michigan

Michigan, surrounded on three sides by water and on the south by a huge cornfield, is famous for it’s bridges.

One of the most beautiful is the Blue Water Bridge spans the St. Clair River which connects Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron. The bridge carries international traffic between Port Huron, Michigan, and Point Edward and Sarnia, Ontario. Located in Port Huron, near the I-94 and I-69 interchange, the bridge forms a critical gateway linking Canada and the United States.

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In 1935, the Michigan Legislature passed a law  creating a State Bridge  Commission to finance the design and erection of the  main bridge structure  of the Blue Water Bridge.  The commission was  approved by the United  States Congress in August of 1935.  The law permitted the commission to  sell bonds that would be repaid  by the revenue from the tolls collected  within  30 years.  This legislation  assumed that Michigan and Ontario would  each build their own approaches  to the bridge,  and customs, immigration  and toll facilities.

 

 

The design of the structure by the consultant firms began in August 1936.  The ground breaking ceremony was held on June 23, 1937 in the City of Port Huron and the Blue Water Bridge opened to traffic on October 10, 1938.

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The bridge consists of two unique spans, the original Blue Water Bridge,  opened in 1938 and renovated in 1999, is a three-lane westbound bridge. The  second Blue Water Bridge, which carries three lanes of eastbound traffic, is an  impressive modern bridge opened in 1997. State-of-the-art facilities make the  Blue Water Bridge crossing one of the smoothest and most modern crossings  in the world.

 

 

 

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The Second Blue Water Bridge was constructed between June 1995 and July    1997 at a cost of $41.3 million (for the Michigan half).  When this project was    completed, both eastbound and westbound traffic were placed on the new  structure while the original Blue Water Bridge was renovated at an estimated cost  of $21.3 million (for the Michigan half). Both structures were in full operation in  November 1999.  The Second Blue Water Bridge now carries three lanes of  eastbound traffic and the original Blue Water bridge carries three lanes of  westbound traffic.

 

Today the area is a tourist attraction with small parks and many other facilities allowing one to spend several hours here enjoying the bridge, water, huge barges and small craft passing by, as well as many other attractions on land.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Half Moon Caye Photos

A cruise ship tendered off the coast of Half Moon Caye, a private island

in the Bahamas owned by Carnival Cruise Lines.

 

 

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Tropical island atmosphere, perfect for lounging the day away

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Going somewhere?

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many activities are available, horseback riding, jet skiing, etc, but who has time?

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A new bar, restaurant and dance hall.

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The local fauna

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It’s five o’clock somewhere

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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The Sites of Grand Turk

Written by :Gary Wonning

The beach at Grand Turk, miles and miles of beautiful white sand. The perfect island retreat!

 

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The remains of one of the five tracking stations that were at one time on Grand Turk. They were used to track our first ventures into space. John Glenn splashed down near here on the first mission into space.

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One of the early inhabitants of the island, don’t think he ever went into space.

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The lighthouse on the north end of the island, warned many seafarers not to come too close.

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Scene from Cockburntowne, the capitol of Grand Turk. This is part of the old jail complex.

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Street signs done in English fashion.

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One of the remaining early defenses of the island.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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The Many Sites of Saint Thomas

The city cemetery, because of the potential of heavy rains, the caskets are on top of the ground.

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One of the many views form the mountains on Saint Thomas

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The Hook, Line and Sinker waterfront restaurant in Charlote-Amalie

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A deli in Charlotte-Amalie

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Charlotte-Amalie harbor.

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A busy day in Saint Thomas,sometimes as many as seven cruise ships visit this port at one time.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Grenada

Hidden in the south Caribbean Ocean lies the tiny island country of Grenada. Most Americans never heard of Grenada until the invasion in the early nineteen eighties when President Reagan sent in troops to dispel the rebels who had taken over the country.

The residents of the tiny island are still grateful to the United States for the assistance they gave in helping the Grenadians regain their freedom.

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Processing cinnamon Dougladston Plantation

 

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Drying cocoa beans in the hot Caribbean sun.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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