2017-09-07 / Outdoors

Rain drenches .3-mile Glen Lake bridge walk


HOLDING HANDS, Ann and John Davey of Glen Arbor Township joined neighbors for a Labor Day walk across the Glen Lake Narrows Bridge in a heavy downpour. HOLDING HANDS, Ann and John Davey of Glen Arbor Township joined neighbors for a Labor Day walk across the Glen Lake Narrows Bridge in a heavy downpour. About 75 people and nearly a dozen wet dogs braved a torrential downpour to participate in the 22nd annual – and possibly final – Glen Lake Narrows bridge walk on Labor Day.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen so much rain during a bridge walk,” said Lance Roman as he and a group of friends wearing slickers and holding umbrellas headed across the bridge.

“It’s a great day for a bridge walk!” countered John Soderholm as he cinched up the hood of his raincoat.

The bridge walk began in 1995 and has been held every year since, but may end after this year. Longtime organizer Bill Thompson of Glen Arbor said that unless somebody takes over to organize next year’s bridge walk, the tradition may end.


TIM BARR of Glen Arbor, center, leads a group of neighbors across the Carl Oleson Jr. Memorial Bridge over the Glen Lake Narrows on Labor Day. TIM BARR of Glen Arbor, center, leads a group of neighbors across the Carl Oleson Jr. Memorial Bridge over the Glen Lake Narrows on Labor Day. A truck with an emergency medical technician from the Glen Lake Fire and Rescue Department manned one end of the Carl Oleson Jr. Memorial Bridge during the event, while the other end was manned by a deputy and a patrol vehicle from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

The walk began precisely at noon on Labor Day. Almost on cue, thunder and lightning erupted and the skies opened just as walkers headed south from the On the Narrows Marina and headed three-tenths of a mile toward the Compass Rose Bakery at the opposite end of the bridge.

— Story and photos by Eric Carlson

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