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Bonus Photo of the Week: Detroit Skyline from a Harbor.

Got this Detroit skyline shot while walking the trails in the harbor at William G. Milliken State Park. This is the first urban state park in Michigan. Just off to the left is the Detroit river which flows into this harbor. Became inspired to visit here after seeing this shot.

Detroit - William G. Milliken State Park harbor

Port Huron: An International Crossing.

When everyone thinks of major border crossings between the United States and Canada they think Detroit and Windsor and also Niagara Falls. They probably don’t think of the second busiest border crossing between the two countries, the Blue Water Bridge. The Blue Water Bridge links Port Huron, Michigan with Port Edward and Sarnia, Ontario.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge

The bridge crosses over the St. Clair River near the southern end of Lake Huron. I’ve had the chance to hang out around the bridge and river on the US side in the summer and winter, when it’s warm and when it’s not and it’s always a relaxing time.

There is a lengthy walkway that runs along the river, along with parks, to capture the bridge and scenery from different vantage points.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

The bridge sits about an hour northeast of Detroit and the busiest border crossing, the Ambassador Bridge.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

Looking south down the walkway and river towards downtown Port Huron. I love how blue the river is.

Port Huron, Michigan walkway along St. Clair River.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

Blue Water Bridge is a twin-span bridge with the original span opening in 1938. The more recent span opened in 1997. It is one of the fastest routes between Michigan and the Midwest and Toronto and points east.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge.

Across the way, is the Sarnia skyline.

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada skyline along St. Clair River.

The Port Edward and Canada side just to the north of the bridge. You can almost shake hands with the people visiting the bridge and river over there.

Port Edward and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Looking to the north is Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. No land as far as the eye can see.

Lake Huron, Great Lakes, Michigan

Just north of the bridge and off camera to the left is the International Flag Plaza I’d recommend checking out if in the area. It honors those who respond to emergency calls in the United States and Canada.

Lake Huron, Great Lakes, Michigan

The bridge and river are scenic in the winter months too.

Blue Water Bridge, St. Clair River in winter.

Blue Water Bridge, St. Clair River in winter.

Love watching the chunks of ice float by well into the Spring.

St. Clair River in winter.

If you ever cross the Blue Water Bridge make sure to take the time to hang out and soak in the bridge and the scenery along the river front. I look forward to more great times and also checking out the Canadian side.

Blue Water Bridge, USA and Canada International crossing.

What are some of your favorite bridges to capture? What is the most scenic International border you’ve crossed?

Florida: Out on the Open Road by Foot.

Most of the time I’m driving or are a passenger in a vehicle out on the open road, but recently in Florida I decided to mix it up. It was time to hit the open road by foot. It was an early humid morning in Pensacola, Florida and I decided to make the long walk down Gulf Shores Highway to Big Lagoon State Park. That was only the beginning.

Gulf Shores Highway links downtown Pensacola with the bridge to Perdido Key. At times the Big Lagoon is alongside on the south side of the road. I’m getting close.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Big Lagoon State Park sits naturally along the Big Lagoon as well separating the mainland of the Florida panhandle from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll find lots of nature trails, birds and wildlife, beaches and is a popular spot for campers.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

I got to the entrance and could see the visitor station off in the distance. Not seeing a map beforehand I figured right past that would be all the action. Little did I know.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

At the entrance the ranger handed me some maps and he charged me $2, the walk-up rate. Lot’s of vehicles and campers already started passing me by. I wondered how many people do they get randomly walking in.

Well I started in, figuring after the first turn I’d see something, nope. Then the second, third, fourth and more, nothing.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

After each turn this is what was in front of me.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Not much to speak of on either side of the road. I didn’t really see or hear any wildlife yet either.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

I’d become a soaked mess due to the humidity and fast rising temperatures. Pleasant picture I paint I know. The hot conditions probably made the walk seem longer then it really was. Where’s the scenery I asked? At the same time I smiled, because I realized, I’m out on the open road, by foot this time! It was a nice change of pace.

After about an hour inside the park and lots of walking and other vehicles, trailers and campers passing me by, I could see the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge off in the distance that connected the mainland with Perdido Key and the Gulf.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

I must be getting close to something I said. Well lo and behold shortly thereafter there was scenery. The Big Lagoon, harbor and boats, were all right in front me now. I captured another romantic picnic table setting. That seemed to be a theme on this trip. Another beach picnic table setting I captured while walking just east of here.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

After lying on the bench of the picnic table for a while to relax I found a small pier so I decided to sit down, chill and just stare at the view. Lots of boats and traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge headed towards Perdido Key and down the road Lower Alabama. The white multi-story building behind the harbor, The Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina, caught my eye. I know where to stop next time.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

I captured some more shots along the Big Lagoon. Lots of sand and beaches nearby.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

A small boat ramp. Where’s that kayak or canoe when I need it?

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

The water was calm and there were only a few fisherman around so it was quite peaceful.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

The high-rise condos and hotels dotted the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, showing how close I was.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

I didn’t want to leave but it was time to start the journey back. I found one of the nature trails to take back through marsh and the campgrounds, which was actually a shortcut to the exit. The sound of wildlife was in full swing now. More on that in a future post.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Canoes! I wonder if I could have taken one?

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Why didn’t I find this nature trail on the way in? No matter. I wouldn’t have had the chance to be on the open road inside the park if I had. ๐Ÿ™‚ I covered more ground in the park as well. You also gain a much different, more detailed perspective walking from A to B versus driving and passing lot’s of little things by. ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely want to experience this again soon.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

Well it was back to walking down Gulf Shores Highway and where I was staying. Checkout Big Lagoon State Park when your around Pensacola and Perdido Key. What other Florida state parks would you recommend? What was the last state park you visited?