Indiana Dunes NP: Watch your step!

Life is funny sometimes. I’ve been to Indiana twice in my life… Don’t ask.

The first time, I passed by the Dunes but couldn’t stop to check them out. This time, I went to Indiana specifically to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park. What a great place! Though a little peculiar…

I stopped at several spots around Lake Michigan. Most of the towns bordering the lake on the Indiana side are pretty industrial with the exception of some “beach towns” that looked expensive. I was surprised to see ArcelorMittal right by the lake and basically on the Dunes. Not exactly the prettiest of sights next to this otherwise sort of magical landscape. The lake is so big it almost feels and looks like a sea; but then you can sort of make out the city of Chicago on the other side on a somewhat clear day.

I spent quite a bit of time at Mount Baldy where I was lucky enough to run into a volunteer park ranger. He told me all about how dangerous Mount Baldy can be. It kind of made me think twice about going up the hill. I went anyway but definitely stayed on the path. The last thing I needed was to end up in a sinkhole never to be found again. It happened to a boy a few years ago. Fortunately, the rescue teams found him alive.

Well… if anything this tragedy (that ended well) uncovered a long-time mystery: the sinkholes of Mount Baldy. Interesting read. I encourage you to click on that link I just took the time to add. 😉

Also, not all of the dunes are on National Park Service grounds. Some of them are managed by the State Park.

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