Exploring Sand Dunes, Beaches, Boardwalks, Forests and Natural Beauty at Indiana Dunes National Park

After stretching over 300 miles, Lake Michigan reaches its South shore in Indiana. There, over millennia, large rolling sand dunes have formed along the shoreline. Today, more than 15 miles of that shoreline is included in Indiana Dunes National Park. We visited on an early Monday morning, after a busy weekend, and hiked portions of the Dunes Succession trail. From sandy beaches through quiet forest, over tall dunes and back down, we captured our two-mile trek. Join us for a walk over the sand hills and through the dark forest as we explore Indiana Dunes National Park.

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

Acworth, GA

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