Monday, September 25, 2006

Workin' It

This should be an interesting week. I'm out of town on business to meet with some of our project sites. Tonight I'm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and then after a meeting in the morning, I'm headed back to "troll" land (that's what the Yoopers call it because the lower peninsula is "under the bridge") for a meeting with another site on Thursday.

The drive here was beautiful, and definitely interesting. The leaves up here in the Great White North have changed colors and are incredibly vibrant and beautiful. About half-way here I rounded a curve in the road and had to swerve to avoid a dog running down the middle of the freeway. A few minutes later, just as my pulse had returned to normal, I noticed something that looked like it was falling out of the sky. Then I realized what it was - a bald eagle swooping to grab some small animal from the side of the road. It was incredibly gorgeous and flew with such grace. I just love it in northern Michigan. So much nature and there's wonderful scenic views around every turn.

The only part of the journey I didn't enjoy was crossing the "Big Mac" (the nickname of the Mackinac Bridge). It was a really windy day today and so there were advisories to slow down, and police escorts for large vehicles. I'm not a big fan of bridges in the first place, so I white-knuckled it the five miles across the bridge.

An hour later, and here I am at the hotel. I'm in Sault Ste. Marie and the hotel is right across the street from the Soo Locks and was just greeted by a long loud horn sounded by the huge ship that is passing through right now. I sort of hope that they don't go through at night, because that will definitely rouse me from whatever sleep I manage to get tonight. I've never seen the Locks before, and they're pretty cool. I'll have to take some pictures. (Fortunately I remembered my camera; unfortunately I forgot my cable, so I won't be able to upload the pictures until this weekend.)

I miss Aaron already, but I'm sure he'll have a great week, full of man food and video games. Plus being out of the office is sure to make the week fly by. Even though I am up here for work, and have a lot of work to do while I'm here, I love traveling to northern Michigan, no matter the excuse. It makes our possible move out of state even harder to consider, for sure.


At 9/25/2006 7:38 PM, Blogger Brianne said...

yeah....the big mac bridge and i are not friends at all.

i almost passed out when we drove across it on the windiest day ever.

At 9/26/2006 6:59 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Okay, I have to ask. What do you do? What kind of job do you have in the nonprofit world?

I've never been to Michigan but I hope to one day. I will remember to watch out for Big Mac. :)

At 9/27/2006 6:11 AM, Anonymous Jenny said...

"Troll Land"...hee! Love it!

Upload those pictures. Sounds beautiful!


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