|Cowles Bog trail, Indiana Dunes NP|
After leaving Bloomington we headed north to Michigan City, IN, just an hour from Chicago on the east side of Lake Michigan. In February of 2019 Indiana Dunes National Seashore became the 61st national park. Always up for a national park visit, we spent two nights at the nearby Brewery Lodge so we could check it out. (A hotel associated with a brewery had to be a decent place, right? And their beer was very good, too.)
To get an appreciation for the 15,000 acre park we stopped by the visitor center, climbed a dune, and hiked a trail away from the water. The beaches were okay and the trails are mostly sand, although away from the beach it is fairly hard packed. Surprisingly we did not have a mosquito problem on the wooded trails but there were lots of little bugs buzzing around and biting flies near the coast. Let's just say it is not our favorite national park among those we've visited, but it was fun exploring it.
|Wonder how many years before these trees are completely submerged.|
|View of the coal and natural gas power plant in Michican City|
|The beach was more scenic in the other direction|
|Jim climbing back up Mt Baldy dune from the beach|
On Tuesday we moved on to downtown Chicago, where we are cat and condo sitting on the 54th floor of the Hancock Center (now called 175 E Delaware) for two weeks. We got lucky with this catsit. The condo is lovely and has fabulous views of the city and lake, and the cat is very sweet and well behaved, except for some loud meowing the first couple of nights that woke us up. I think he was looking for his people, but finally realized he had to settle for us.
|Lobby is on the 44th floor, as is a grocery store..|
|Hancock Center, 100 stories tall|
|View of Navy Pier from dining room|
It was hazy when we arrived but has gradually worsened each day due to fires in the west and Canada. We keep hoping for the wind to shift and blow it out of here.
Pretty impressive night views.
|Look closely, you can see us standing a bit left of center.|
|Taken from underneath The Bean|
|Frank Lloyd Wright redesigned lobby of the Rookery|
|No comment on the building on the left|
|Not your typical Target|
|Oak Street Beach, just a couple blocks from where we are staying|
|From Navy Pier. Luckily the Hancock Center stands out in a crowd so we can find our way home.|