2018-09-06 / Life in Leelanau

Bridge walk has feel of ‘small town’


A CROWD of walkers strolled down the street during the Labor Day Lake Leelanau Bridge Walk. A CROWD of walkers strolled down the street during the Labor Day Lake Leelanau Bridge Walk. Despite a cloudy day, dozens of people showed up to walk across the bridge Labor Day in Lake Leelanau.

The group, led by a Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office patrol car, walked in unison from Fig’s over the bridge to Peddling Beans. Those successful in the well-under-a-mile endeavor were rewarded with fresh, hot coffee. Breakfast burritos and latte drinks were also enjoyed by many.

Lake Leelanau residents Jim and Karen Rink participated in the community walk for the second time. Karen said they got involved for the first time last year, thanks to a suggestion by friends.

“It’s great to see members of the community out and supporting the community,” Jim said.

“I like to see people we know in passing and I’m a big fan of Peddling Beans,” Karen said. “I also like to see all the dogs.”

The couple has a dog they thought about bringing along, but Karen said she didn’t know if the 16 year-old would be up for it. Next year, however, Karen said they would bring her. “I think she would enjoy it,” she said.

Son of well-known wine-maker Bernie Rink, Jim was born and raised in Bingham Township and said the county hasn’t changed much over time — and that’s a good thing. Both he and Karen moved back to Leelanau County six years ago, and now they can’t imagine living anywhere else.

“Lake Leelanau still has that smalltown feel,” he said. “And that’s the reason we live here.”

— Story and photos by Jen Murphy



ENJOYING A cup of coffee after the Labor Day Lake Leelanau Bridge Walk, Karen and Jim Rink are glad they came out on a cloudy Monday to participate in the community event. ENJOYING A cup of coffee after the Labor Day Lake Leelanau Bridge Walk, Karen and Jim Rink are glad they came out on a cloudy Monday to participate in the community event.

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