Past Meetup

Dunes Heritage Hike and dinner at Wagner's

This Meetup is past

35 people went

Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm

Highway 20 And Mineral Springs RD · Porter, IN

How to find us

look for a crowd in the parking lot, or call me at 773-415-0428

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Details

wow--lots of people coming to this hike, and lots of new people. i will want to mingle, and not lead the hike the whole time. add to this, a complex route, with lots of unexpected twists and turns, so i want to emphasize--if you get ahead of me, make sure to stop whenever you come to a junction with another trail or road, or in any place where the trail is ambiguous or confusing. also make sure you know where your car is parked. i also will have lots of maps to pass out. i also encourage you all to take and post pictures. looking forward to it. I will make sure to lead in the most confusing places. if you need to call me, my cell number is[masked].

Rick

we invite you to a

day hike

at the Bailly Homesite & Chellberg Farm

in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Saturday, November 17

starting at 11 AM

hike is 7.1 miles,
with chance to shortcut
to 3.8 miles

dear hiking friends-

This weekend we will have a day hike on the Little Calumet and Cowles Bog trails, which feature a cross section of the history of the region.

please check before departure and have appropriate clothing and equipment. ( http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/garden/tenday/USIN0233?from=36hr_topnav_garden ). so fat the weather looks great! also bring along a lunch which we will eat on the trail, plus enough water (one quart minimum).

I will pass a hat for a small contribution to cover the costs of meetup.

We will meet in the parking lot of the Chellberg Farm on Mineral Springs rd at 11:00, drive half our vehicles to the Cowles Bog trailhead where our hike will end, then start hiking from the Chellberg Farm parking lot. We will walk thru a preserved farm from early in the last century, which unfortunately has lost its animals due to the chronic budget problems of the National Park Service.

After walking thru some pleasant valleys and stream beds (don't worry, there is a boardwalk) we will arrive at a very interesting pioneer cemetery.

While most Midwest pioneers were Protestants, the early settlers here were French Catholics, and the cemetery is somewhat more ornate than most pioneer graveyards in keeping with Catholic custom, complete with carved passages from the Apocrypha, which consists of the ancient Hebrew holy books traditionally found in the Catholic Bible but rejected as canon by Protestants and Jews.

We will hike thru some woods and wetlands on another boardwalk, and stop for a lunch break at the bridge over the Little Calumet river. then we will walk through a remnant of the vast prairies which started around this area and continued west to the Rocky Mountains, then cross the Little Calumet river again, and arrive at the Bailly Homestead, with preserved cabins and outbuildings of a nineteenth century fur trader, who has the dubious honor of having that eyesore of a power plant that dominates the lakefront named after him.

at that point, anyone who wants to limit the trail to 3.8 miles, may return to their vehicles and go their merry ways. the rest of us will continue till we arrive at the brand new Porter-Brickyard trail, which we will hike to the Greenbelt trailhead, and start out on the west leg of the Cowles Bog trail. This trail is the result of some more recent history. It is located on a mere 60 acres which were the site of the bitterest fight in the history of the formation of the Dunes National Lakeshore. The trail follows a causeway which forms a thin buffer zone between the Port of Indiana industrial area and fragile Cowles Bog.

On our right will be Cowles Bog, birthplace of the science of ecology, based on the research of Dr Henry Cowles from the University of Chicago in the 1920's. at that point we will hike around the perimeter of the bog, and end up at the Cowles Bog parking lot in Dune Acres.

Afterwards, for those who wish to join us, we will enjoy the Hoosier hospitality of dinner at Wagner's in Porter http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants/barbecue/wagners-ribs-porter/138276/content .

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). I also encourage you to take pictures on the hike and post them to meetup, and to give the event an evaluation (if you had a good time : ) ) Before the hike I will pass a hat to request a small donation to help cover the expenses of meetup.

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 my cell phone 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:

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, cash or i-pass); at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go east (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 22 marked US 20 east; you will go under a railroad viaduct, then about another mile to the second flashing yellow light which is Mineral Springs rd, turn left here; less than a mile on the left is the parking lot for Chellberg Farm, pull into the parking lot and wait there; there is a modern washroom, but drinking water is probably turned off for the season; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars around, wait till 11:30, then begin on foot.

by car via Lake Shore dr/Stony Island ave: (driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) 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, cash or i-pass); at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go east (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 22 marked US 20 east; you will go under a railroad viaduct, then about another mile to the second flashing yellow light which is Mineral Springs rd, turn left here; less than a mile on the left is the parking lot for Chellberg Farm, pull into the parking lot and wait there; there is a modern washroom, but drinking water is probably turned off for the season; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars around, wait till 11:30, then begin on foot.

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 22 marked US 20 east; you will go under a railroad viaduct, then about another mile to the second flashing yellow light which is Mineral Springs rd, turn left here; less than a mile on the left is the parking lot for Chellberg Farm, pull into the parking lot and wait there; there is a modern washroom, but drinking water is probably turned off for the season; try to arrive by 11:00; we will move some cars around, wait till 11:30, then begin on foot.

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. let me know beforehand if you're taking the train—and I will pick you up shortly before 11:00 and take you to the trailhead; wait at the station parking lot just outside the doors. there is a modern washroom, but probably no drinking water; see the website below for trains returning to Chicago; 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