At separate times, Kate and I each happened to watch a program on PBS about these Dunes; we were both left with a desire to explore this stretch of sand.
Of course, as our travels are so often serendipitous, we did not find ourselves in Indiana on a warm, sunny, beach type day; nevertheless, while we were not able to swim, we did have the beautiful beach to ourselves, and that was an amazing experience.
From their website:
“Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.
Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.”
Kate heading toward the Beach Pavilion