Indiana Dunes State Park Remains Number One
An Indiana Blog
March 4, 2013
I can’t state this much more clearly:
Number one! Not merely in
I was reminded of this recently, when Rose and I decided on a clear but chilly morning to jump in the car and drive the 15-20 minutes it takes to get from our home in
We made that drive yesterday. I had to visit Glenn L. Firme & Associates in
Driving into the Park at the end of Highway 49, I was reminded (sadly) how long it had been since my last visit. An entirely new entrance had been constructed: a new toll both, a winding road that wove almost to the beach then 180’ed into the road leading to Wilson Shelter, the favorite taking-off point for most runners, including members of the Calumet Region Striders, who do club runs on Sunday mornings.
Members of the Dunes Running Club from the eastern reaches of Da Region used to skip the extra 5-minute drive and enter the park through a hole in the fence on
All of the new construction at the main entrance surprised us. Or maybe it wasn’t new. Maybe we had gotten out of the habit of visiting the Park, at least from the main entrance. There was a time when I ran in the park as often as two or three times a week. Particularly this was true when I was coaching cross-country at the local high school. The kids on the team loved running in the Park as much as I did, and if too long a time passed between visits, they would begin exhibiting withdrawal symptoms, bugging me: “When are we running in the Park, Coach?”
No longer tied to a team and no longer fast enough to stay close to members of the clubs running on Sundays, alas,
Past the boardwalk, we came to the “T” where Trail 2 intersects Trail 10, the mostly-flat trail that goes all the way from Wilson Shelter to the gate on Kemil. “Keep turning left,” I had warned Rose on starting, and I warned her again. Her walking pace now is almost as fast as my running pace, so she was close behind me.
We had run 1.95 miles to get to that point, which I considered “half way,” even though the total distance for the loop (according to the GPS on my iPhone) would be recorded as 3.31 miles. On this final leg, I picked up the pace somewhat and finished far enough ahead of Rose walking to maintain some level of respect for my faded running skills.
But the whole point about running in
Through the Woods, Hal Higdon’s memoir on the sport of cross-country includes a chapter on the Indiana Dunes (Chapter 20, page 138). A few print copies remain available at $15.00 plus shipping from RoadrunnerPress@comcast.net. An electronic version of Through the Woods can be purchased through The Kindle Store on Amazon.com.