Last weekend we enjoyed an exhilarating walk across the International Bridge.Have you ever walked across a really long bridge into another country? Alan and I have marveled over the grandeur of Australia while walking the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and we’ve reveled in the beauty of Michigan while enjoying the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. The “Mighty Mac” spans 5 miles between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, and walking it is an ambitious morning’s activity (as our children noticed when Kathy was a toddler)! We’ve noticed that you can jaunt across the Pont de l’Europe from Strasbourg over the Rhine into Germany in a matter of minutes, and when we were there (years ago), you didn’t even need a passport! Well, if you’d like the pleasure of walking an impressive bridge on a lovely summer day but don’t happen to live near Sydney or have the stamina for a 5-mile hike, consider walking the beautifulInternational Bridge between Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and her twin city, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. For the past 27 years, the two cities have been co-hosting a celebration of their sister-ship and international goodwill by encouraging folks to walk the bridge together. There are lots of festivities, some brief remarks and singing, and then everyone is off to walk from the Norris Center (just two doors away from the house where I grew up), across the bridge, and into Soo, Ontario. Alan and I grew up together in this area, and so while we were in the Soo for our class reunion, we thought it would be super fun to walk the bridge…and it was! 🙂 We got to see our hometown and the Soo Locks from a totally different angle! We also got a new perspective on the Canadian lock and noticed more closely thelovely Attikamek Trail, a 2.5 km nature walk at the “Sault Ste. Marie National Historic Site of Canada,” a place we’ve never visited but would now like to see! This goes to show that it pays to slooow down sometimes so that you don’t miss anything…even if the rest of the world is hurrying by! I mean, my family moved to the Soo in 1960, and from my back yard I watched the end of I-75 being built and the bridge going up! Alan proposed to me at Gros Cap, Canada after crossing this very bridge some 40+ years ago, and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve visited Canada since, but I’ve never really paid attention to the beautiful park just feet below where we were riding…until we walked! The whole walk took under an hour (1.5 mi.)! When we got into Canada, we were greeted by a friendly soul who gave us certificates and made us feel like real winners. We kept looking for classmates and never did see any, although I was delighted to run into Renie, a friend from Calvary Baptist Church whom I hadn’t seen since high school (although we’d reconnected through face book some time ago 🙂 )! After the walk, lines of school buses were ready to take us back to Michigan. We were fortunate enough to be among the first waves and didn’t have to wait for a bus, although there was a short wait while going through customs. (If you decide to go, be sure to bring your passport and $2 for the bus ride home.) In very littletime, we were back at the Norris Center and home, sweet home! “All too easy,” as Alan would say, and really it was very fun! So, I’m pumped about finding new things to do right under my nose (so to speak), and I hope you are too! Maybe we can all slooow down a little this summer and experience a few new things right around us, where ever we are!
“For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)