The Indiana Dunes are comprised of both state and national parkland in Chesterton, Indiana. It’s an incredibly diverse area and includes lakefront, swamp, marsh, and forest. It’s surreal to pass so quickly from one to another, especially a mere hour and a half from my house on the northwest side of Chicago.
We started off on Trail 10 and hit the marsh. I need to figure out when the water lilies bloom so I can make a point to see them.
The extremely swampy parts have boardwalks so you don’t have to wade through the muck.
However, the irises were in bloom, which was a treat. I’ve never seen irises doing their thing out in the wild before.
The marsh gave way to forest, and then dunes.
After this we got to a blowout, which is basically what it sounds like–a valley created by wind blowing the sand away.
My dog pretty much had the time of her life on the beach, which was fun to watch after slogging up and down the dunes.
Just before cutting back over to where we started, we were treated to a beautiful view of rustbelt Indiana. Win some, lose some, I guess.