Indiana Dunes State Park

I was raised on the shores of Lake Michigan. My home growing up was 6 miles from Holland State Park. A typical summer weekend involved a top-down Jeep ride or a bike ride out to see the lake. It was interesting to experience the same lake from a different perspective.

We’ve made the trip from the south back to Michigan a number of times.

No Hurry

Every time, we say we’re going to take it slow on the backroads. There are states like Kentucky that we have filled in on our map but have barely experienced.

We don’t want to be in a hurry. We want to stay where the weather is warmer and the trees fuller.

And Yet

Every time we put a schedule in place for the summer, Michigan cranks up a big electromagnet and we can’t fight it. We get sucked home sooner than planned, choosing to get in place and get over the “traveling to stationary” transition as soon as possible.

A Slight Diversion

While looking wistfully at the map for a new route home I had a lead on some work come in from the Chicago area.  The timing and location worked out so we proposed an in-person meeting and the potential client agreed.

We course-adjusted, got to Indiana Dunes State Park, and immediately came down with a serious case of Spring Flu.

Tiny Living and Sickness

Close quarters and a shared bathroom means if one of us gets sick we are all going to. The kids were first this time and then me. MsBoyink waited a couple of days before giving in.

We cancelled the client meeting and hung out at the State Park trying to recover. We watched the activity in the park drop along with the temperatures until it was just us and some random snowflakes.

I commented earlier this year that I missed snow a little. I miss the pure mid-winter snow that covers the landscape and enables fun. This was a last-minute taunt as winter left the building and we were in no mood for it.

Indiana woods pregnant with foilage.

Indiana woods pregnant with foilage.

A leaf about the size of a nickel.

A leaf about the size of a nickel.

Lake Michigan looking a bit moody.

Lake Michigan looking a bit moody.

Lots of skipping stones so...

Lots of skipping stones so...

Skipped they must be.

Skipped they must be.

Boyink family self-portrait on Lake Michigan.

Boyink family self-portrait on Lake Michigan.

The too early, too cold and too wet State Park experience in Indiana.

The too early, too cold and too wet State Park experience in Indiana.

The Lake tried to blow me away but I perservered and got the photo.

The Lake tried to blow me away but I perservered and got the photo.

Miranda looking for a keepsake rock.

Miranda looking for a keepsake rock.

Getting Home

We left Indiana Dunes after 4 nights and made the short drive back to West Michigan. Home. Initially we stayed under the radar, still not feeling well enough to engage. Later we visited our home church and re-connected with old friends.

Bittersweet

It’s always bittersweet for us to return home after being gone so long.

What’s it been like for you?

2 Comments Indiana Dunes State Park

  1. Picture of aNNa aNNa May 20, 2017

    We did this last November!  First time, ever taking our camper *out* of state (we’d always done hotels, whereever we land, but with seven of us, we’re starting to out-grow one hotel room!)

    Did you get your Jr. Ranger badges?  We had to go because it was the 100th (Centennial) anniversary of the state park system, so there was a badge to be earned for that, too.  (I even do it, as an adult.  It’s SO educational, and fun.  And they don’t limit the ages, although it helps to have a kid to do it with, so as not to feel as silly!)

    Also, there was the 3-Dune Challenge.  I know you were sick, but maybe you got to try it, before you left?  It was a great time.

    I did do a post of our adventure, but my blog isn’t… well, try not to visit it, other than this link (if that)?
    https://annamatrix.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/16903/

  2. Picture of Michael Boyink Michael Boyink May 20, 2017

    Hi Anna -

    Thanks for the comment.

    It’s been a couple of years since this visit. I think Miranda did the dune challenge.

    Not sure if the Ranger programs were running yet but betwee not feeling great and the cold weather we didn’t do much besides what you see in the photos..;)

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