This past week we had a few really cold days. The kind of cold that you can actually see just by looking out the window. So like the crazy fools that we are, we bundled up and made our way to a trail. We were spending a few days at my cousin's wonderful lake house in Indiana so we had a chance to explore the area a bit. The trail that we liked best was a short one, but a really pretty one.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a really large park about 60 miles from Chicago and there several different areas to check out. Mount Baldy is a 126 foot sand dune with a trail that leads to the beach and a trail that leads to the summit of the dune. You can read more about the park here.
We really liked this little hike and it was a great chance to be alone in the woods. Turns out that we're the only crazies who decided to walk the park in 10 degree weather. Go figure.
I would imagine that this would be a gem in the summer too. It's not the main beach at the Dunes, which is always crowded, and it's very easy to get to. And the parking lot doesn't lead directly to the beach which, surprisingly, deters some people. That's their loss though because the trail to the beach is short and easy enough for kids making it the perfect little jaunt.