Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beautiful Michigan: The Straits of Mackinac

The Straits of Mackinac is the body of water between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. In the first three pictures, we are in the upper peninsula, on the Lake Michigan side of the straits, looking to the southeast.
You can see the Mackinac Bridge in the distance. Many Michiganders are very proud of that bridge--but many "yoopers" (people who are native to the "U.P." or Upper Peninsula) wish it had never been built because it brings all the dratted tourists. Up until the 1960s, the only way for trolls and fudgies ("trolls" is "yooper" speak for people who live "below the bridge" in northern lower Michigan. Grandpa and Grandma Weimer are trolls. Suzanne and I are "fudgies" which is yooper-speak for people from southern lower Michigan, who come up to the Upper Peninsula on vacation, and often buy fudge from the tourist shops on Mackinac Island and in the Upper Peninsula... I've also heard this group referred to as "fudge suckers") to access the upper peninsula was by boat.
Here are Grandma and Grandpa Weimer. They are trolls because they live in northern lower Michigan. They don't find the term "troll" offensive in the slightest.
Two trolls, and two fudgies.
Fudgies, all...
This picture of the bridge (often referred to as "the Big Mack")was taken from the Straits State Park, which is on the Lake Huron side of the bridge. This is the bridge viewed from the upper peninsula, looking to the southwest.
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