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Yesterday, Colby and I took the dogs out to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park. We had decided we wanted to go to Cowles Bog trail and Mount Baldy. Let’s just say, we didn’t make it to either… We started out the day WAYYY too early for when I usually get up, especially for a Saturday. We got up at 4:45am with hopes to be out the door and on the road by 5:30. Around 5:30 we were pretty much ready but Bentley was being stubborn about his food so we ended up leaving about 20 minutes late. We packed up the car, got the dogs in tote, and were off. I had decided that I REALLY DID NOT want a fast food breakfast, but obviously we needed some energy, so we drove a little out of our way to the Walmart that I shop at for our groceries to pick up some food for breakfast. Then we headed off on our way to Indiana. Google Maps said it would take an hour and a half to get there, but it was only about an hour. We had mini plain bagels with cream cheese and bananas for breakfast. I also picked up some Quaker Oats breakfast bars to eat on the trail when we got hungry. I also picked up some water and one of those cheap foam coolers (which later leaked all over my kitchen floor) so we were set and ready…. Or so I thought. One thing was missing… Starbucks. That’s right. So we stopped at Starbucks where Colby got some coffee and I got my yummy black tea lemonade! So you could say we started the morning out right!

So… For the most part, Colby is usually who plans our trips. This time, I planned our trip, but when we got to the parking area for Cowles Bog, Colby found a map and misinterpreted where the trail actually started. Needless to say, we went way off in the wrong direction, though there was a clearly defined dirt trail… It was all good, though. I got some great pictures out of it! Anyway… So once we realized there was no more trail, we got our iPhones out and started trying to find our way with the GPS. We tracked back to the first fork in the road we saw, stopped to give the dogs some water, and then headed down the trail that we thought we should go down. Long story short, it, too, was the wrong trail, but I made it work. We made it to the beach and after all was said and done, we walked on a road back to the parking lot where we saw the sign for the actual Cowles Bog trail. Yeah… we suck.

So anyway, we didn’t see any dunes or anything cool like that, but we climbed up this one crazy incline (which probably was a dune, but not the beach dunes we were hoping for) that had the loosest sand ever and was incredible steep. My legs were like Jello. I had Riley lead the way. Thanks to his nature of pulling (that’s what Malamutes are bread for) he assisted in getting me up the hill, though he slipped a couple of times…

We got to the Dunes Beach and it was desolate. No one was there. It was pretty amazing. The fog was really bad, though the forecast said it would be sunny. It made for some pretty sweet pictures because the fog looked just like Lake Michigan. We let Jayda off of the leash and she had a blast. It’s hilarious. When she was younger and we lived in Florida I would take her to the beach and she’d bite at the waves as though they were a toy. She hasn’t been to Lake Michigan in over 3 years and I didn’t think she’d remember they were a toy, but I was wrong. She had a blast biting and pouncing on the waves! Riley enjoyed it on the leash and Bentley, well, he was scared of it. He watched from afar! haha!

Overall we had a great time! We’re planning to go back next weekend, only this time, we’re going to Mount Baldy. Maybe we will try Cowles Bog again but in reality, where the actual trail would have taken us wasn’t that far away from the beach we ended up at, and even though we couldn’t see very far because of the fog, I’m not sure it looked that much different…

After we came home, we washed the car, inside and out (it was well in need of it) and we bathed the dogs. We found a couple of ticks on Bentley. Then we took showers. When I was in the shower, I went to wash my back and felt a lump that I quickly freaked out and threw off of my back. Turned out that it was a tick too. I was so grossed out… I was completely covered almost all of the trip (except at the beach where I took my sweater off) so my theory is it was one of the ones I took off of Bentley and it was angry about it, so it found it’s way out of the napkin I had picked it off of Bentley with and it found it’s way to my back. Gross…

Here are the photos. I just love the fog. I was pretty disappointed at first because the sun wasn’t out, but the fog just looked amazing.

Jen Shannon Photography