Indiana Dunes

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Indiana Dunes last week!  It was beautiful weather and a beautiful spot to get away for a few days.  Our first day we took a four mile hike through the bog to an overlook on the beach. 

Bog at the Dunes

The scenery was beautiful, but the mosquitos were BRUTAL!  You could literally wave your hand and feel them pelting against your skin.  Ewww. Thank goodness for bug spray!  There were some of the biggest ferns growing there that I have ever seen.  Some were as tall as we were!  Amazing. There were several varieties of wildflowers blooming too, very lovely!

Wildflowers in the bog

Our second day we walked the beach for several hours in the morning, exploring barefoot with cameras in hand.  It was a beautiful place to walk, listen to the waves hit the shore, snap some photos, get our toes wet and enjoy the sunshine.  Although Lake Michigan doesn’t have a lot of shells gracing it’s beaches it had some beautiful, smooth polished stones.  I couldn’t resist filling my pocket with a selection of favorites!

Beach stones

Along with the variety of stones there was a nice array of driftwood both in & out of the water.  I love driftwood!


Driftwood & water

Our afternoon included a visit to the art museum at Valparaiso University and a trip to Anderson Winery to sample their delicious wines (and purchase a few bottles to enjoy at home)! We returned to the beach that evening for a sunset walk & more photos.

Evening on the beach


Add in some good food, time to rest & relax, swimming laps in the pool and lots of good conversation and it was a wonderful time!   I hope you are enjoying these summer months and the beautful, warm weather!