There are so many things that make Michigan a great state. Even during this challenging economic time, there’s much to love about the mitten state. No matter where I go, I find myself bragging about her beauty, her people, and her uniqueness. I guess I want others to love her as much as I do. Someone recently sent me an email saying that “up north” Michigan is different and glorious. So very true.
For your first lesson, here are the basics:
State Bird: Robin
State Tree: White Pine
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice – If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.
Nickname: The Wolverine State
At 58,000 square miles and 3,300 miles of shoreline, Michigan is made up of about half land, half water. The Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the 5-mile Mackinac Bridge that is walked across by 60,000+ people annually on Labor Day. (I’ve participated in the annual bridge walk twice. It’s an amazing experience that I highly recommend.)
Wikipedia also offers some great fun facts like this one: A person in the state is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 87.2 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline.
I have a feeling that I’m going to learn a lot as I compile these lessons. With a 174 years of statehood, there’s much to discover.