Day Two Hundred Eighty-six

Things don’t always go as planned, but can still work out quite well.

We were heading to Indiana to visit family when we got the call:  “I was hoping to catch you before you left. We’ve got plumbing and septic problems here. Toilets are overflowing, and the basement’s taking on water. Maybe you shouldn’t come.”

But we had left. In fact, we were almost halfway there. After a quick discussion, we agreed that about the last thing someone needs when they are having septic problems is four more people, so we didn’t go.

I came up with a quick alternative:  a walk near the Indiana Dunes. Despite the government shut-down, the headquarters for the Indiana Dunes National Park still had their lot open, so we parked there and headed through the woods towards Lake Michigan and the dunes. We walked mostly on a paved trail that led toward the park and over U.S. Route 12 on a new pedestrian bridge.Route 12

We did see one small printed paper sign that said, “The government is closed, please call [number] in case of emergency,”  but noted nothing else unusual. We still saw other bikers and runners using the trail too.

It was a beautiful day for a walk.

I took the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite on this walk. Check it out!

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