This bridge the last major thing Marcus had put on his initial list of things he wanted to see on our trip. The Mackinac Bridge is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world. 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. This would only happen under severe wind conditions. The bridge opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.
Marc chose the perfect spot for us to camp at Straits State Park. Since we chose a site with no hook-up (we are getting pretty good at not having any) we could have a spot right on Lake Huron looking out at the bridge. It was $28 for no hook-ups, but the view could not be beat! We hiked to a look out point in the park and spent some time at the playground and on the shore. The bridge was really cool to see at night all lit up. The next day we made the voyage across the bridge which cost $20 for us. Now we are in the Lower Peninsula!