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hike on Glenwood Dune Trail, and dinner at Bartlett's Gourmet Grill

note: as of two hours till the hike starts, the temperature is 24 and there is a light cover of about 2-3" of snow on the ground. hiking should not be too difficult--see you soon. --Rick

we invite you to a

day hike on the

Glenwood Dune trail in the

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Saturday, January 26

starting at 11:00 AM

length of hike about 6 1/2 miles

surface mostly packed sand

no steep climbs

no opportunities to shorten

dear friends--

Saturday's hike will be on an inland trail at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is a gentle walk without any steep climbs thru a quiet land of pine forests, rushing streams, and rolling terrain.

The Glenwood dunes towered much higher on the lakefront a few thousand years ago, but time and the elements have lowered the elevation, and muted the terrain to what it is now. these dunes are the first level back from the current lakefront--in March we will hike the Tolleston dunes, the second level back.

Make sure to check the weather close to the date of the event and dress appropriately http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Beverly+Shores+IN+46301 . Be sure to bring along plenty of water (preferably 2 quarts), and a snack which we will eat along the way.

important note on this and all hikes: i plan the routes of our hikes because there are features i want us to see, or these routes are the most pleasant or efficient, or for considerations of safety or legality.

often other hikers are ahead of me for a number of reasons--because i want to mingle and meet and greet everyone, because i have a knee injury, because i want to stop and smell the roses, etc. so unless we have discussed it beforehand, and you really know where we are going, if you get ahead of me for whatever reason, please stop and wait at every trail junction, or place where a trail crosses a road, or at any confusing or ambiguous place.

at our most recent hike, we missed a beautiful viewing spot 200' above the lake because someone ahead went the wrong way, and i felt i needed to follow to keep us all together. the Glenwood Dune hike has many twists and turns, and we will have our cars parked at two different locations, so it will be especially important this time.

no one is going to get lost lost in Porter co Indiana, but i think it is more fun if we stick together, and i ask that my wishes be respected.

We will start at the Dune Park train station, move some cars to the other end, wind up at the National Lakeshore campground, and walk a short distance down the road to dinner at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill http://www.eatatbartletts.com/ . If you are not joining us for dinner, make sure your car is one that we drive to the Beverly Shores station so it is at the right end of the hike when we finish.

for those who are staying for dinner, Bartlett’s will be right there at the end of the trail. please let me know if you expect to come to this event, and if you can give someone a ride, or need a ride (and what area you live in).

a few suggestions to make things run more smoothly

1) print out the announcement, or at least the directions ahead of time and bring it with you in your car if you are driving or navigating--I have frequently been delayed from arriving on time myself because I'm giving directions over the phone

2) bring enough cash to cover your meal if you come to dinner: restaurants usually don't like splitting up credit card charges, and it just delays and complicates the process of paying the bill

3) if you are going to be late, be sure to call me at [masked]. If you will be a little late, we will usually wait for you. If you're going to be more than about 15-20 minutes late, I will tell you how to meet us farther down the trail so everyone else doesn't have to wait.

hope to see you there,

Rick


directions: (I suggest printing the following and bringing it along the morning of the hike)

by car via Lake Shore dr/Stony Island ave: follow Lake Shore dr south to 57 st; exit at 57 st, and get into the left lane--the road will curve to the left and become Cornell dr as it passes the Museum of Science and Industry, then will turn into Stony Island ave; continue south in the middle lanes, and get on the Chicago Skyway (around 79 st); the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line: tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), go under a viaduct, and turn left into the South Shore line Dune Park station parking lot--this is a large lot, so if possible, try to park near the station; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars to the end of the trail, then meet back at the station and depart on foot at 11:30. driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes

by car via Dan Ryan: follow I-90 (Kennedy-Dan Ryan) East; at exit 59A, be sure to follow signs to "Chicago Skyway/Indiana Toll road"--the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line: tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), go under a viaduct, and turn left into the South Shore line Dune Park station parking lot--this is a large lot, so if possible, try to park near the station; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars to the end of the trail, then meet back at the station and depart on foot at 11:30. driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes

from Northwest, West, or South suburbs: follow the Tri-State tollway (I-294) east until it merges with I-94 east; exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), go under a viaduct, and turn left into the South Shore line Dune Park station parking lot--this is a large lot, so if possible, try to park near the station; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars to the end of the trail, then meet back at the station and depart on foot at 11:30

by the South Shore line: get the South Shore at the Metra Electric stations at Randolph (8:40 AM), Van Buren, Roosevelt rd, Hyde Park, etc; take the train to the Dune Park station; train arrives at 10:04. there is a modern washroom inside but probably no drinking water, so you should bring your own; you can return on the train, using the schedule on the website below; you also may be able to get a ride back to the city from someone else here is the South Shore website: http://www.nictd.com/


The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity.

--Carl Sandburg



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  • Bob D.

    This was one heck of a workout, but totally fun. I have never been disappointed or felt alone while associating with this group. I feel we all owe Rick a round of applause for setting up another mind-bending fantastic afternoon.

    3 · January 28, 2013

  • Kathie A.

    A great day!

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Rick M.

    i studied the map, and i think from car to car (with as little voodoo math as possible), the 01/26 hike was about 7.5 miles, with the halfway point around where we got off the snowy road back onto the trail.

    3 · January 27, 2013

  • Kathie A.

    A wonderful day of sharing the beauty of nature with some cool people. Dinner at Bartlett's was great......looking forward to our next adventure!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Rick M.

    just one week after St Agnes Eve, with the temps in the low 20's and a snow cover under our feet, we wnjoyed a spirited hike and delicious dinner, and returned in the moonlight

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • richard o.

    white untrodden snow ahead cool fresh winter air breathed life and merriment in our hearts. relaxing with food renewing our spirits. sharing moments after the hike saluting friends well met.

    2 · January 26, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Very well maintained trail I loved it good people to walk a trail with I had fun!

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Grace H.

    what time is lunch?

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Sounds Exciting hiking in the cold with snow on the ground i'm in!! :-)

    January 25, 2013

  • Rick M.

    the weather on Sunday looks considerably better than Saturday--which of you would still be available if i changed the hike to Sunday?

    January 21, 2013

    • Grace H.

      Sunday is fine for me.

      January 21, 2013

    • Debbie

      I have Church on Sunday, could not go at same time.

      January 21, 2013

  • Rick M.

    i'll probably leave it Saturday--just a thought

    January 21, 2013

  • richard o.

    i could not make it on sunday.

    January 21, 2013

  • Finn M.

    They changed the trail name, for people wanting to look it up, or find directions. It's now "Glenwood Dunes"

    January 17, 2013

    • Amy R.

      Hi, Katie! :)

      January 17, 2013

    • Amy R.

      Lisa, you're a copy cat!

      1 · January 20, 2013

  • Amy R.

    Actually not sure I can come after all, but will change RSVP. Too much to do here and hate to be cold!!

    January 20, 2013

  • Rick M.

    thanks, Katie--i have assimilated that info and acted accordingly--are you coming or just educating us? : )

    January 19, 2013

  • Amy R.

    Sure, I'll go...cool!

    January 19, 2013

  • Amy R.

    Sounds intriguing. Let us know!

    January 17, 2013

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