July 31, 2020

An Accidentally Scenic Walk

On our way up north yesterday, we planned to drive the whole way to Jeanie's (9-10 hours) with just one stop so that the kids could have lunch. Once you cross the Mackinac Bridge (which connects the lower and upper peninsulas) there really isn't anything at all as far as places to stop and eat.

Jeanie's place is 4-1/2 hours from the bridge, so we decided to stop in Mackinaw City (where the bridge starts). Since I'm intermittently fasting, I chose to go for a walk instead of eating lunch (also, we had Joey with us). I had already gotten up early to walk on the treadmill before we left the house in the morning, so by going for a walk at lunch time, I could get my second 45-minute workout done.

There was a neighborhood off of the main street, so I figured that I would just walk around the neighborhood until the boys were done eating. As I was walking, I caught a glimpse of the Mackinac Bridge, and I headed in that direction to check it out.

It turns out, I'd come across a small park with a beach right at the base of the bridge. It was so cool to see! It was very small--the entire length was maybe 1/3 of a mile--but there weren't very many people there.

Joey was dying to run into the water, so stopped to let him play for a few minutes. I love that I got a picture of him with the bridge in the background. I tried to get a good selfie of the two of us, but he had NO interest in getting a posed photo. He just wanted to play in the water. (In the photo above, it looks like he is sweetly trying to give me dog kisses, but he was really just trying to turn his head to see behind us, hahaha).

So, my second workout was interrupted a few times for photos, but it was worth it! (I stopped my Garmin when I stopped to take pictures).

I am happy I got in my second walk before arriving at Jeanie's. Getting it done early feels good!


  1. Love the pics and I love that bridge! Whenever we are in the area, I usually like to drive over it a couple of times. Have fun in the UP :)

  2. What fun photos. It looks like a beautiful beach!

  3. Nice job making a plan and following through!! Seems like you are getting your mojo back!

  4. Love the pictures!Joey leaping made me laugh. Enjoy your trip!

  5. I am proud of you for finding a way to still do your workouts while traveling. It's inspiring! Also, I love the pictures of Joey.

  6. Going to Mackinac Island is on my bucket list. My sister-in-law went a few years ago and it looks so magical! Love the pictures of Joey and the bridge in the background. Joey is such a joyful dog. Aren't they all??? Have fun on your vacation!


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