I visited family today along the shores of Lake Michigan. My daughter, sister, and brother-in-law joined me for a nice long breezy beach walk.
Exhausting But Exhilarating
What a great hike we had today around Cowles Bog, at the Indiana Dunes’ National Lakeshore. The area is named for Henry Cowles, a University of Chicago ecologist who visited here frequently in the early Twentieth Century. The four-mile loop goes through woods, near a fen, over dunes, and along the Lake Michigan beach.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-West Beach Loop
I’ve been wanting to do a dunes walk for awhile. With today’s really cool weather and my nineteen-year old wanting to join us–today was the day!
The West Beach loop is away from Lake Michigan and is unnaturally low after years of sand removal to other areas around Chicagoland. We saw some interesting wildflowers and prickly pear cacti. It was a nice walk.
The National Park Service map describes the Dune Succession Trail as “scenic but strenuous,” an apt description as the views were breathtaking and climbing the dunes and stairs, exhilarating but exhausting. Despite some clouds, we could see views of downtown Chicago and the entire South Shore. I even found the views of Gary, Indiana, interesting!
Good day, good walk!
I had every intent to go for a walk along the beach today.
I spent the day in Michigan visiting family on the shores of Lake Michigan. I enjoy walking on the beach and really thought I would be able to squeeze a short walk in, but between catching up with family and chatting with neighbors, I never made it.
By the end of the day though, my legs and feet sure feel like I have actually been walking quite a bit. I guess walking to and from the beach a couple of times and walking on the soft, sandy bottom of the lake in the sun is more strenuous than this shoe-wearing flatland-prairie girl is used to, because I’m exhausted.
Good day, good beaching!