Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Going On A Lion Hunt

Every Summer my parents would take a vacation which always included my sister, brother and I. Our vacations were real life History lessons and I really enjoyed them. One time though, I was really afraid of crossing a certain bridge.

Anyone driving up I75 North towards Mackinac City knows what bridge I am talking about.
Many miles and miles away from this bridge on a clear day you can see the mighty twin spires rising above the road. We locals call it the Mighty Mac, others know it as the Mackinac Bridge which brings our lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan together.

My first experience going over this bridge was when I was 7 years old. My parents told me to look up ahead to see the spires. I saw the spires rising with clouds around it and it frightened me. I was so afraid of what I saw ahead of me looming in the sky, that I started whining that I wanted to turn around and go home, but my father started singing this tune...

I'm going on a lion hunt, and I'm not afraid... I'm going on a lion hunt and I'm not afraid....Janice is going on a lion hunt and she's not afraid...

Well my dad was not the best singer, but he got me singing that tune and once we got closer to that bridge it was not as frightening...but even today when I go over that bridge I get a little apprehensive, only because it is so long...over 5 miles and high above where Lakes Michigan and Huron I always will remember that I am going on a lion hunt and I'm not afraid.

Well tomorrow Bob and I are going on a hunt of our own. Antique hunting, so I am off to bed so as I can get up early. Will take pics and hopefully find some new treasures for our home and store. Take care everyone..and may all of you be able to go on a lion hunt and not be afraid. LOL Janice


  1. I was in Michigan in June, but I didn't have time to go see the bridge, also want to go to the island, again...It's been years. Thanks for sharing.

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  2. When we lived in the UP I would often drive over that bridge when I had to go to lower Michigan. I was always very thankful to make it across! It seemed to me that the car didn't have much in the way of traction at all over those grated areas. I do miss it up there though. Thanks for the photo & the story : ) Blessings, Shirlee

  3. Great story, Janice!! I'll have to remember that one. And, you know, that bridge gives me the willies too. Last time I crossed it was the first time I DROVE across it - and I have weird depth perception issues anyway....wish I would have known your daddy's song then!! Thanks for sharing - and good luck on your safari!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  4. Such a sweet story Janice. Hope you find lots of goodies and have a great trip. Can't wait to see you finds. Have a great one.


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