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Friday, April 4, 2008

Mike's Marvelous (Mis)Adventures

Mike Manito-wish, our beloved and unofficial mascot, is not just a 'flat' guy. He is a traveler. He enjoys getting out of the Northwoods. Thanks to the addition of the Lost Pine, there has been a reduction in his duties as the Lost and Found Guy which allows him to visit some of your nation's finest treasures. Whenever Mike returns, he delights in sharing his stories as well as his pictures. Here is a sample (with more to follow):

"I am a big fan of breakfast. It is also the most important meal of the day. Hence its derivation: to break the evening/sleeping fast. Break – fast. One of my favorite breakfast meals is cereal. Specifically, I love Malt-O-Meal cereals. I had an urge to see how the sausage is made and decided to take a sojourn to the factory in Northfield, MN. I was very impressed with the operation. One can frequently smell the aromas of the baking cereals around town. It was great.”

Anyone for a factory tour?

"Michigan fancies itself the 'Great Lake State,' something that I had to verify. It touches lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Ontario. With so many from which to choose, I decided I would visit the spot where two of them collide at the Straits of Mackinac. This is the meeting point of lakes Huron and Michigan as well as the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The lakes stretch on in both directions. Lake Huron sprawls out to the east toward Canada, while Lake Michigan is to the west and plunges down toward Chicago and all the industry in Gary. It is a spot where you can watch tankers pass, sail boats cruise and the water flow – it has the feel of a giant meeting place. Though of course I did not meet anyone while I was there, just a bunch of sea gulls and the guy who took my money at the toll both. The Mackinac Bridge (the connection between the two Peninsulas) is billed as the largest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere and is equally as striking as the lakes and surroundings. It's pretty cool."

The Mackinac Bridge: it’s big. And costs $3 to cross.

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