Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z: 'Frazz', the Zilwaukee Bridge and Ziibiwing Center


OK, I cheated, but there are two 'Zs' in Frazz.

This is my favorite comic.  It is written by a Michigan artist Jef Mallett.  Jef was born in Lansing but now lives here in Oakland County.

The comic revolves around an elementary school janitor who is dating one of the teachers, is a tri-athlete, writes songs, and is an all around great guy with the kids.  I am especially fond of the little boy, Caulfield, a budding genius.

You can read the comic here.  Check Caulfield out on the April 25 strip.

Since we have two Z's and we had no X place to visit, here are two travel destinations:






The Zilwaukee Bridge in Saginaw was plagued with problems from the get-go and some folks still do not like driving over it.  But, if you are headed up I-75 to get up north from where I am in southeast Michigan, you will likely take the bridge.  I just focus forward when driving as I am not fond of bridges.  This is the view going north.

Zilwaukee-Bridge-September-

By Myself (Own work (Own photo)) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are in the middle of the state you can head to the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant.  I encourage you to check out their website and learn of their history.  The center is rich in history and run by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the largest employer in Isabella County.  Stay at the resort and casino which is run by the tribes.

If you are interested in more Michigan Indian history, you can check out this info from Pure Michigan.

While I previously mentioned the Michigan Day Trips book by Mike Link, I also want to thank WCMU Public Television in Mt. Pleasant for the show 'Destination Michigan'.  They gave me several ideas for places to mention that I would not have thought of on my own.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip through my library and my state.  Y'all come visit sometime.

16 comments:

  1. Hadn't heard of this comic before but sounds cute :)

    Enjoyed getting to know you through the challenge!! Way to go, we DID it!

    Not sure if I will get to Michigan, but if I do, I'll make sure I check back on your blog and make sure we see some of the things you featured!

    betty

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I do hope you come someday. We have lots of things to see. Discover our state at michigan.org

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  2. I can't think of any places here in the Uk beginning with Z...! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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    1. X and Z are difficult. But fun nevertheless. Sometimes we have to be creative.

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  3. Congrats on making it all the way to Z :) I like the sound of the comic. Thank you for some wonderful posts this month.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  4. What an adorable comic!! Congratulations on making it to the end!!

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  5. I haven't been to Michigan in a zillion...I mean, since around 1979. I honestly don't know why. Congrats for making it through A to Z, and hopefully we'll both be able to participate next year - life willing. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I already have my list for next year. Need to take my pictures.

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  6. Congrats to finishing the A to Z. I loved knowing all about the books you have and there are 2 Z's so it works. I think...no, I know, I would drive around that bridge even if it takes 2 hours out of my way. My 1st cousin lives in Lansing.

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    1. Well, to get here you will have to cross a bridge or go through the tunnel. Scary either way.

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  7. Not read any comics in years. I have never been to Michigan but it seems like a State worth visiting.

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  8. You didn't cheat, Denise - you finished!!! Congratulations!

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