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    October 29, 2012

    What a wonderful video. It’s great to know such unique resource is available to the people in NWI. Good job Dig the Dunes, keep up the good work!

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    March 3, 2013

    Great welcomed site. Thanks

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    Mary Haskins

    April 9, 2013

    Depot dog ..I wait for it to open every year .its the official beginning of summer and hitting Miller beach .its what redamaks is to Hamburgers …you don’t leave wells st without stopping .

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    April 21, 2013

    And, after a great hike you can always stop at Jannsen’s Dunes Mart for a soft serve ice cream cone! It’s the best!

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    April 21, 2013

    And, a for a great lunch, The Rolling Stone Baker has the best pizza!

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    April 24, 2013

    Love Laura’s Art, also she is a great gal.

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    eve noonan ( tryon farm)

    May 9, 2013

    Great to see Laura, great to see how she works and the amazing results. Salutes!!! Hoping she may have a studio at Tryon this summer and use stuff she finds in our woods and wetland areas to create more feathered friends!

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    Claudia Geise

    May 11, 2013

    Congratulations to Laura, the happy energy artist. After this video was shot Laura received an award from the Porter County Tourism Bureau. When a fire took her studio, she and her birds still live to fly another day in a new location. Her resolve was and is recognized with the ‘making lemonade out of lemons award’, and she deserves it!! Good luck to you, Laura.

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    May 26, 2013

    Thank you so much for this fabulous video! Everyone at Help Me Mommy really appreciates you guys coming out to see our show — and we hope to see you again some time soon!

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    Jamie Hogan

    June 12, 2013

    Great job and an enthusiastic endorsement for the verve and vibe in downtown Valpo! Bravo, Dig the Dunes!

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    June 29, 2013

    A wonderful little market I just can’t resist! And all our favorite items… ice cream, sorbet, coffees, fresh made sandwiches, tacos, tamales, organic veggies, fresh breads, cool drinks and hot treats! Yumm!!

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    Donna Schindler

    July 19, 2013

    I am in awe of this place. Looking forward to visiting!!

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    January 5, 2015

    Eve!! I am so glad you are doing this, many times you have posted pics from different trails and I would have loved to have more information on them so I could check them out too, but didn’t want to ask on every pic! This will be great! Thank you!!

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    January 5, 2015

    You are amazing -doing this along with everything else you do! Good luck!

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    Jamie Hogan

    January 5, 2015

    Bravo to Eve and Dig the Dunes for shining a light on the highlights of our community.

    Her keen eyes and ears are wonderfully focused on the pulse of all that is happening in the Dunes; a worthy endeavor, indeed, and opening our world a little wider for both visitors and lovable locals alike.

    yours in the Looney Dunes,

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    Barb Madzinski

    January 5, 2015

    Beautiful photos. Keep up the great work.

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    Terri Graham. (TG)

    January 5, 2015

    Your pictures are “Always beautiful!” I love the dunes year – round in all her beauty and glory! If your blogs are as great as your photos, they will be truly inspirational!
    Terri (TG)

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    Steve Coombs

    January 5, 2015

    Good luck!

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    January 26, 2015

    Very informative, helpful article; a good way to introduce old and new businesses to those of us who do not travel that area frequently and appreciate some recommendations. Will have to check those out soon. Thanks

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    January 26, 2015

    Loved this story about Chester, for those of us who knew him, he was a very special, lovable dog. We all miss him so much. Valuable info on dog friendly beaches in the area for all to explore.

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    January 26, 2015

    Eve, blogging about the dunes area is a great idea. Keep posting the photos–they are superb! You really have a special talent for photography and art. I feel like I’m visiting an art gallery when I view them. Great work!!

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    February 1, 2015

    Very curious, how are you taking pic’s. so close to the beach front in this weather? Do you have a webcam posted somewhere?
    Thank you for all the pic’s, really enjoying them. Love the DUNES!


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      February 1, 2015

      Hi Maribeth,
      thank you! I live close to the beach so I try to head down there every day to get a picture. No webcam, just me! Glad you enjoy them.


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    Jan Huffmaster

    February 1, 2015

    Really love seeing your photos everyday! Maybe a little help on where they were taken? None the less…I sure do look forward to them!

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      February 1, 2015

      Glad you like them! If they are the beach photos, they are most likely Ogden Dunes. For the trails, I’ll usually let you know where I am!

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    will wegiel

    February 2, 2015

    Love your picture and post, here to another great year in the rustbelt.

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    February 2, 2015

    Eve, this one makes me want to come back. Beautiful!

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    February 2, 2015

    Excellent!!!! Lovely photos and post. Feel like I’m there walking with you in those areas when I read your blog, keep it up Eve.

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    Terry Ihnat

    February 2, 2015

    having grown up on Wells Street in Miller, I certainly can appreciate the beauty of the dunes in the winter time. As kids we spent a lot of time walking the beach, the dunes and skating sugar bowl swamp which is that wetland just east of County line Road near the beach

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    Jan Huffmaster

    February 2, 2015

    Love your posts and photos very much!

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    Auntie Bruna

    February 6, 2015

    Eve, just went for a walk with you. You really have a talent in photography and writing. Beautiful!

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    February 8, 2015

    Hope this went well and it comes back next year. I will defiantly claim a ticket.

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    February 8, 2015

    Great job to all who where involved in setting up this event. Had a good time. Lets do it again.

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    February 9, 2015

    What an interesting and informative article. I want to start running trails after reading this post (or walking — which is more my speed) Kudos to you Eve and Lisa for the inspiring article. Keep it up!

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    Angie Lovejoy

    February 13, 2015

    You bring back so many memories of years ago, when our kids were small and we’d cook breakfast
    at the dunes, also bring our sunfish sailboat, and spend Sunday mornings, then leave when the beach got crowded. But never in winter, hmmm. Lovely pictures, Eve!

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    February 16, 2015

    Hi love your site, how did you make it? I send your pictures to friends on FB and here is a good “one”, Barry Manilow was in Chicago Sat for his concert. Flew to Detroit via right across the lake. His manager tweeted me back, the frozen lake was amazing! See! We are all equal at that moment! I get what you mean, loved your post (always do) and sorry about your Dad. Bittersweet moment I know.

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      February 16, 2015

      Thanks Cynthia! This website was a wordpress template. I had a programmer help me, but there are a lot of blog sites out there that are pretty easy to use. Great story about Barry. Thanks for following me!

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    February 16, 2015

    What a great tribute to your Dad
    I am proud to say that I felt him as a friend as well as being my son’s father in law .Also proud of you
    Your father in law

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    February 16, 2015

    Dad used to say “she doesn’t know how talented she is, but someday she will”. I am glad you know it now.
    The blog is wonderful, but even more wonderful is how happy you are doing what you do. Keep at it, sweetheart,
    for both reasons. xo Mom

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    February 16, 2015

    i loved reading this tribute to your Dad. He left the world a better place and far too early in life. We really enjoyed knowing him. He would be so proud and pleased by your beautiful photos and their contribution to the people who love and appreciate the lake and the dunes. I don’t know who the person was who commented that she wondered if there were people who actually enjoy life. I find it sad that someone would ask that. Anyway, I wish you the best, Eve and I love your photos. I post a lot of them of the lake myself, but my don’t capture its beauty the way yours do.

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    Jan Huffmaster

    February 16, 2015

    Beautifully said….

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    Connie Kassal

    February 16, 2015

    I tell everyone who comes to the studio that those are Dale Landsman rolling benches that I use. And I have another plexiglass painting that is going down to the Framing Station for short Area Artists Association exhibit, plexi and frame from your Dad too. I will post a snap shot tomorrow if possible.

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    February 16, 2015

    Eve,that is truly beautiful and very touching. Yout dad is smiling down on you and very proud indeed.

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    Pete Grube

    February 16, 2015

    I wonder if I may have been on the same South Shore train with your Father. I also commuted to Chicago for 35 years where I held several graphic designer positions in Chicago art studios. Did he commute by train by any chance?

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      February 16, 2015

      Hi Pete, he mostly drove! Not much of a train rider. Thanks for reading and posting! Which art studios did you work for?

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    renee cecere

    February 17, 2015

    Renee February 17, 2015
    Your Dad definitely loved life . You could see it in his wonderful paintings and from the pictures he took with his camera. He would be so proud of you.. Keep taking those beautiful pictures. You have a great eye. I love opening my facebook page and seeing your photos.

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    Bob Cotton

    February 17, 2015

    Eve, thanks for your insiteful posts and blogs. I have been “Digging the Dunes” since I was a teenager in the mid ’60. I have walked the beaches and trails by myself, with friends, lovers, and dogs. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and spiritually enhanced. Truly enjoy your pictures and so glad “you get it”.

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    Angie Lovejoy

    February 18, 2015

    Hi,Eve: I’m forwarding this one to two friends who are pretty good artists ,they will be interested in your quest. One of them (Dr Dufour) creates wonderful things eletronically.
    I have five of then hanging in our house. Keep up the good work! Love, Angie

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    February 23, 2015

    I needed this today, Eve. You are right,we are almost there. Thanks for a great post.

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    Jan Huffmaster

    February 24, 2015

    I can hardly wait!

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    February 25, 2015

    Good post and the beautiful photos are a breath of fresh spring air in this way to long winter. Good work, Eve!!

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    March 2, 2015

    Northside Diner has the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted!

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    March 2, 2015

    Being a breakfast person I got a little hunger pang on this one.
    A lot of good info

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    alexis lierman

    March 2, 2015


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    Jamie Hogan

    March 2, 2015

    You’ve given me a boost and inspiration. For 30 years the Brown Bag has was a pass by which might be a bit like a flyover only for automobiles. I think I’ll stop.
    Thanks for getting us all out to Dig the Dunes!

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    March 3, 2015

    I’m eager to try some of these great sounding breakfast places, a definite stop next time we’re in the area. Wonderful advertising for people who aren’t familiar with these eateries! Thanks for the info, I’ll keep it handy for reference, had no idea so many hidden treasures were available in these towns. Keep posting, Eve.

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    Jan Huffmaster

    March 4, 2015

    I will definitely give The Brown Bag a try!

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    March 4, 2015

    Excellent choice for your first interview, Eve! It was wonderful to read and learn from Nicole’s comments.

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    March 4, 2015

    Inspires me a little more to look around at where I live. Thanks

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    March 9, 2015

    Great post. I love the rocks with the holes in them, too! I haven’t made a pendant but I’ve strung them into garland and strung little stacks of them to hang as ornaments. I’ve always wondered why they have holes, though. Any info or theories?

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    March 9, 2015

    How nice of you Eve to share your secrets and talents with those of us who want to attempt to make those great necklaces ourselves.
    They really are lovely and extra special because of the time and care put into making them. Keep digging the dunes.

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    March 16, 2015

    Lovely driftwood photos and very clever interpretations of what you see in them Eve.. Great eye and imagination! Love it all!

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    Jan Huffmaster

    March 16, 2015

    I enjoy your photos and comments so much! Thank you

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    Jan Huffmaster

    March 19, 2015

    I really enjoyed the video! Thanks for letting us know! I sure would like to take my grandkids to see them out there sometime!

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    eve noonan

    April 14, 2015

    Hey other Eve,
    What a glorious description of a glorious weekend in our part of the world. Sadly did not get to the beach except briefly but all good flora and fauna happening at Tryon Farm. Loads of people out digging and fishing and hiking and biking. Bird watcher session next Saturday with pro, should be a good time….
    Thanks for always capturing the spirit of this place in which we live.

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    Bob Cotton

    April 27, 2015

    Such good advice. Often walked the southern tip beach on Longboat Key . A fvorite memory.

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      April 27, 2015

      Thank you for reading!

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    Will Wegiel

    April 27, 2015

    Love your posts and at times swapping pictures. Moving towards the end of the wick of life and the lake shore of old blue keeps me smiling. I have camped all along her lovely shores. Southern tip to the UP. Not much of Wisconsin. Read the history from early America to the present. Visited the Mackinac Island several times, it’s where history burst tinto like. A must for everyone who loves the lake. Also a pitch for Lake Michigans bigger sister and Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Where everything comes to stop but your foot steps. Me and a old friend backpack that islands many trails and like other wildness places you learn that you part of this planet and not above it. Too old to swing up the pack and hike for endless miles. I can come to the lake shore and dream of the sun on my face with miles to go, moose to see. Endless campfires with stories to tell and make. The pictures keeps me smiling. Close my eyes listen to the shore line birds and waves, I’m 20 again sweaty with a pack and a campfire tonight. Thanks to the National and State Park services in keeping it clean and for everyone.

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      April 27, 2015

      Thank you so much! Sounds like you have been living a wonderful life! I am glad my photos can bring back memories for you. 🙂

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    Kathy Hinton

    April 28, 2015

    Hello, Eve.
    Amazing website – so full of information! I am relocating from Chicago to Ogden Dunes. I have a lovable senior citizen (8 yo) St Bernard, named Nicholas. I am looking for a reliable dog walker that can visit my home mid-day M-F to walk him. Do you know of any services in the area? I am in the process of purchasing a property at 1 Bittersweet Lane. Jamie Hogan recommended that I reach out to you on this website.

    Thank you!

    Kathy Hinton

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    May 4, 2015

    Hope you had an amazing birthday! I really enjoy your posts!

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    Hugh Kirk

    May 6, 2015

    What a wonderful story,Jamie! So beautifully crafted and informative about the place we call home. We are truly fortunate to live in the Dunes, which you so eloquently shared from your own personal experience and from a place of love within you for this magnificent
    stretch of lake shore in the Dunes!

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    Barbara SilverSmith

    May 6, 2015

    Please add me to your blog subscribers–good reading for one who has spent 60 summers there

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      May 7, 2015

      Hi there! I added you to the list. An email was just sent to confirm your subscription. Please find the email now and click activate to start subscribing! 🙂

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    May 12, 2015

    This beautiful post brings back lots of memories.

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    May 19, 2015

    Love this blog AND photos. Your posts and photos just keep getting better and better! Wonderful new ideas, keep Logging!

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    May 19, 2015

    Oops!! I mean keep blogging!

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    Nichole Sheaffer

    May 21, 2015

    Thank you for all that you do for the environment through the Shirley Heinze Land Trust. What an important part of our local area!! Cheers to Kris Krause!

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    Kimberly Hartsell

    May 21, 2015

    We love the dunes & we love what you’ve done for nature! Your passion for the earth is inspiring! Keep it up!

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    Kimberly Hartsell

    May 21, 2015

    We love the dunes & we love what you’ve done for nature! Your passion for the earth is inspiring! Keep it up!

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    May 27, 2015

    I enjoyed the article. I’m certain that I would enjoy the book!

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    May 29, 2015

    Loved this very interesting article now I want to read the book by Janet Zenke Edwards.

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    May 29, 2015

    Love your article. I’ve lived here for years and never been to the bog. Do you think the trail would be too strenuous for sixty year olds?

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      May 29, 2015

      Hi Judy, this is one of the more rigorous trails in the area. I think you would be able to get to the area where the bog is no problem, though. The tough part is heading down to the beach and climbing the dune back up! I would guess it’s about a 1 mile trek to the bog itself.

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    June 2, 2015

    Great article. I have never been there, although my daughter has many years ago on a field trip. Definitely on my to see list!!

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    June 2, 2015

    I was there many many years ago. At the time admission was a dollar. I think I need to revisit the mansion this summer. Thanks for the photos and info.

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    Ruth Maxwell

    June 2, 2015

    Welcome back, to the Dunes, Jessica. Great article and planned activities. You are awesome!

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    Peggy Propsom

    June 2, 2015

    Could you please email me information. I would love to see the mansion this summer.

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    June 8, 2015

    Sorry that happened to you. ….

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    June 10, 2015

    cant wait for the new album long time fan from St. Louis

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    June 22, 2015

    Awesome photos and post. Eve you are so good at this,keep blogging,I look forward to your posts each week! Thank you!

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    Gloria Notaro

    June 30, 2015

    I love the dunes as it makes me feel so good. I think it would be so wonderful to live near the dunes so I could see it everyday and I know that it won’t happen but only in my mind. I love your pictures that you post on Facebook. Thank you for all of those.

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    June 30, 2015

    Eve and Mike Rock! You two busted your asses to get there and I’m so honored that you did, and happy to share that special night with you two!! Thanks for the nice pics, keep them coming and keep on evangelizing about the Dunes and our our little Indiana/Michigan corner of paradise because it matters!! Love your blog, love you

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    John Trefry

    July 2, 2015

    Huge thanks to Marty for being involved with DRAIN, our documentary focused on protecting and preserving the Great Lakes.

    After doing a single show with Marty in Wisconsin, we decided to do a 9 date tour around Lake Michigan. It was amazing and crowds really responded to the message since there was such great music.

    The Great Lakes needs more artists who not only care but are actually giving back!

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    July 7, 2015

    Really enjoyed your post!

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    pat colander

    July 8, 2015

    Hi Jerry,

    Congratulations again on the book. Jeff read the entire book instantly within 24 hours of getting together. I’m sure people are clamoring for more copies, can you let us know when Joyce will have more available or can we purchase on the publisher’s web site?

    Thanks a lot!

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    July 10, 2015

    I often thought of stopping by. Wonderful information I did not know. ….

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    Kimberly Branch

    July 14, 2015

    Hi Jamie, just want to thank you for this great article about Three Oaks. I can’t tell you how much we all benefit from your kind, informative words. There are so few towns left like ours & it’s great to be recognized in such a positive way. My business is Sherwood Forest which is the rustic log furniture store located on US 12 at the light in 3 Oaks (south west corner). The next time you visit I hope you get a chance to stop by so we can thank you in person!!!

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    Kimberly Branch

    July 17, 2015

    Jessica Campbell—apologies for using the wrong first name, realtors name below accidentally was used. -Kimberly

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    July 23, 2015

    Eve: I really enjoyed reading your weekend getaway post. It sounded like a lot of fun, food and relaxation packed into a mini work vacation. That’s the kind of work vacations I like!

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    Rose Aaron

    August 10, 2015

    I am a regular Customer, love the non gmo white potatoes, hummus, western ranch dip, white cucumbers, everything is wonderful. The Customer service is awesome, thanks Eve and crew for showing Customers that they Matter….

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    August 10, 2015

    Sounds very interesting!

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    Cindy T

    August 15, 2015

    Well written and articulate review!

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    Jennifer Hoots

    August 20, 2015

    Great post. Is this a trail that is bike friendly?

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    Jennifer Hoots

    August 20, 2015

    Wow 34 miles!

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    Patricia O'Shea Burns

    August 21, 2015


    Thanks for sharing your photos – they are magical. I lived 70 plus years near Lake Michigan and now
    live in So. California. The ocean has a beauty but nothing compares to the shores of Lake Michigan.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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    deb weiss

    August 23, 2015

    I’m going!

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    August 23, 2015

    That was a fun house to visit, it’s good to know it is still standing.

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    Trent D. Pendley

    September 2, 2015

    Thank you for sharing

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    K Martin

    September 2, 2015

    Chad is an awesome photographer who has captured beautiful landscapes, sunsets, and beautiful faces. And now he is expanding into this position as a Google photographer. Any business would be lucky to have him capture the best of what they have to offer. Good Luck, Chad!

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    John C. Turgi

    September 16, 2015

    I’m going to get this and read it.I grew up in the Furness mansion that is now an inn.

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    radine green

    September 21, 2015

    I would love a T-shirt. Could you tell me what sizes they come in?? I need a 2-3x, if possible. I am not able to come to your event, but would be able to pick up the t-shirt at a later date. Thank-you, and please just e-mail me the info. I am excited to see the pics that were selected. I took a picture at Kemill Beach many years ago, and it is one of my favorite. I took it with a simple SLR 35-mm. Thank-you once again. Radine Green

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      September 21, 2015

      I will have t-shirts available online soon. I will send out a post once they are available. Thank you!

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    Deb Moulton

    September 22, 2015

    Please email notification when shirts are ready for online sale. Will forward to all my friends!

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      September 22, 2015

      Will do! Thanks!

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    October 2, 2015

    Good story and informative…. Keep it up….really enjoyed it.

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    October 2, 2015

    I lived in Gary just north of Ridge Road. I remember seeing small sand dunes on the south side of RR. A few blocks west to Harrison St., my aunt’s home sat up on a hill, as well as my church. Further south on Harrison St. the road went up to 45th Avenue. Looking south on Broadway, 43rd Avenue sat up on a hill. A race car derby was held there every year for young kids. The Dunes are all around us. Thanks for the article. I’m looking forward to glaciers.

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    October 3, 2015

    Great Read! Thank you.

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    Tom Hjertquist

    October 3, 2015

    Great article. I do remember the sand mounds way south of the main dunes. Looking forward to next article.

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    October 12, 2015

    Nice article!

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    October 19, 2015

    The photos of this area are beautiful. Thank you for such a great article, and it is wonderful to read that it has been cleaned up.

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    Diane Sotak

    October 20, 2015

    Love the Dig the Dunes. Grew up in Merrillville. Lived in Minnesota for the past 29 years and thinking about moving back.

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    Peggy Collins

    October 21, 2015

    From the bottom of my heart Thank You
    As a misplaced NWI person I so enjoy the taste of home that you give me. Makes me homesick at times but that’s ok. Keep up the good work!!!

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      October 21, 2015

      thank you so much!

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    Dylan Dakota Smith

    October 21, 2015

    It is great to see that Eve Wierzbicki’s dog is on a leash when she is enjoing the beauty of the Michigan beaches.
    This is not only the legal requirement for dogs on Michigan beaches, but she is showing a consideration for the fact that many other people who also want to walk on the beach and enjoy the lake’s beauty do not enjoy strange dogs running upto them and such behavior ruins the whole peaceful beach walk experience for them.

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    October 21, 2015

    Your photos and your information make my day! Thanks soooo much!

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    October 24, 2015

    Eve, though I don’t live in the Dunes area I really enjoy your posts very much. Your blogs are very interesting and when I read them I feel like I’m visiting and walking along with you and Otis. The photos are great too. Thank you and keep up the good work. It is enjoyed by many.

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    Robin Janota

    November 2, 2015

    I made the top 3?! Fantastic! Thanks everyone. I look forward to the winters as I get older. Time for rest and renewal. Lately the fall weather has been perfect for outdoor activity during the day. El Niño has us in a mild pattern this week and I intend to be outside for most of it. Enjoy yourselves this week!

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    peg landsman

    November 3, 2015

    Very interesting stuff.

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    November 9, 2015

    Good post, and My favorite Trail, any time of the year is the “Little Calumet River Trail” also known as the Mnoke Prairie….Fabulous any time of the year!!!

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    November 10, 2015

    Awesome read. Thanks

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    Robin Surber

    November 11, 2015

    Awesome!!! What a great kid! He is going to go places for sure!

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    eve noonan

    November 17, 2015

    Terrific idea, cannot wait to try it ou! Thanks Moe and all involved

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    November 18, 2015

    You are so right Meg! Go miller! Thanks.

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    November 19, 2015

    We are fortunate to have you back in the area, Meg. You are an absolute pleasure to work with and be around! Go Gary!

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    Nancy Hoehn

    November 19, 2015

    Meg…you should be so proud of everything you have accomplished and what a wonderful job you do of explaining to everyone about the region. Hopefully many will be intrigued and come explore.

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    Patty Dunn

    November 22, 2015

    Great article Meg. You make the perfect spokesperson for Miller and the region!

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    Meg Roman

    November 23, 2015

    Great post! And don’t forget Rick Pociask’s art exhibit opening reception on Friday November 27 from 6-9pm: free art, beverages and snacks – not to mention an uber cool exhibit of amazing art. At the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District – 540 S. Lake Street Gary/Miller Exhibit continues Fridays Saturdays from 6-9pm, Sundays 1-4pm through December 13th

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    Mark Tifosi Kincheloe

    November 25, 2015

    Great post. Remember that Chesterton is having the big winter parade on Saturday as well! 4-8PM

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    Lois Navid

    November 25, 2015

    I hope that you be posting the calendar on this site for those of us not on Facebook.

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    Suzanne & Rick Lange

    November 26, 2015

    Hey Moe,
    It sounds great! Put us on your list!
    best of luck.

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    eric thomas (student)

    December 3, 2015

    Great Blog!!!

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    December 4, 2015

    Thanks for some great ideas!

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    Judith M Chemma

    December 8, 2015

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

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    Jeff Sederberg

    December 8, 2015

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures along with the great commentary of the Portage Lakefront we always enjoy visiting there.

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    Tzippi Waternov

    December 8, 2015

    These photo essays are a link for me to my first home. Now that I live far away in Israel these journal style photo essays bring me a taste of home and that means a lot.

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    Stephen Lehman

    December 8, 2015

    Thanks friends 🙂

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    Paige finch

    December 9, 2015

    I think it’s amazing that our Great Lakes from the claimants can create 74 Miles per hour winds that help erosion and changes in the dunes. I agree that we should take more time and inform people about cleanliness with the beaches to stop pollution. Has there been drastic changes in the dunes from climate change and other effects?

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    December 9, 2015

    That is great

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    Patricia Handley Swanson

    December 9, 2015

    I am a geology fan, especially of the area of which you write. I grew up in Union Pier and New Buffalo, but have lived mostly in Denver, CO, for my adult life. Along with the Valparaiso Moraine, there is the Tinkey Moraine. It is the further southwest one which was a blockade, also. The two moraines meet up near Lake Zurich. The Valporaiso moraine goes north and east from the town of Valporaiso, probably some 8-12 miles east of Lake Michigan. At the exit for Watervaliet off of I-94, going east, the land is very rolling. While driving on Hwy. 140, looking in to the orchards that are all along there, I noticed the soil was very sandy. When my friend turned into her long, hilly driveway, there were several large boulders in the yard. Being a rock fiend, I exclaimed shock. As we entered the property, she asked did I want to see the rock pile behind the barn. Well, YES! All the rocks that were excavated from the house building, were stashed in the back. They were all sizes, many bushel basket size. All sorts of rocks-granite was prevalent. So,right here was the proof I needed to say where the Valparaiso went after leaving that immediate area.

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    Tom Hjertquist

    December 11, 2015

    Great article, learning more all the time. I have to admit though she is my daughter; She love the dunes.

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    Kitty Bakken Johnson

    December 11, 2015

    I remember learning about the ancient shoreline along Ridge Road in northwest Indiana. I believe geography teacher Donald Ray (Griffith Junior H.S.) told us to look for the sand hills along Ridge Rd. that remained as an indicator of where the Lake Michigan shoreline was long ago. When I was young there were many places along Ridge Road where you could see these ancient sand dunes!

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    Mike Harding

    December 12, 2015

    Great blog yet again. I have learned things I never knew reading these blogs

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    Nancy Brown

    December 12, 2015

    Totally fascinating. I so appreciate this journey through time. The older I get the more I realize how little I know about our area. I remember as a kid riding down Ridge Road into Gary and admiring the beautiful homes that sat “way up there”. Thank you so much for the history lesson.

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    Gwen Ruge Lane

    December 12, 2015

    Hello Dig the Dunes,
    A friend of mine has been sending me your page and thought that we might have something in common in serving Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
    I am the owner of A Van-Go Chauffeur and Shuttle. I have a 15 passenger van I use now for wine and brewery tours and other events such as airports and weddings, etc.
    I’d love for you to contact me if you feel we might be able to get together and talk about the possibility of working together in some way.
    Sincerely, Gwen Ruge Lane

    PS. My cell is 219-921-3468

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    Jill Atkins

    December 12, 2015

    Thanks for the interesting article. My brothers and I inherited two lots near Porter Beach that are IN Lake Michigan! We still pay taxes on them too!! Not sure what we should fo with them.

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    Cathy Rough

    December 12, 2015

    Incredible article — fascinating, informative, and incredibly well-written. I look forward to more!

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      Patty Kostro

      December 13, 2015

      Thank you Cathy!!

  147. Reply

    Jeff Sederberg

    December 14, 2015

    Grew up in Miller in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Still enjoy the area and lake. Keep up the good work that you do.

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    December 28, 2015

    Guided hikes and photography hikes would be awesome!

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    Audra E

    January 9, 2016

    Nice post. I might actually like the trails better in the winter, when it’s quiet and the park sometimes feel like my own secret place. Some parts of the trails can feel actually very comfortable even in the most frigid temps, sheltered as they are by the dunes and trees. Other parts, not so much, lol. But you are right that we are so lucky to have such treasures in our backyard.

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    January 21, 2016

    My Grandfather use to tell me stories of Dianna of the Dunes. Apparently he knew her. He used to call Long Lake (that Great Swampy area to the South of the Dunes) “Naked Lady Lake” in her honor. He was a part of the Gary/Miller area from before Gary even existed until he passed in 1964. He loved the dunes just as I and all of my childhood friends do.

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    Leah Arthur

    January 27, 2016

    Thank you for a beautifully written article! We love being part of the craft beer movement here in lovely Northwest Indiana!

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    January 31, 2016

    All good advice!

  153. Reply

    The Great Escspe

    February 17, 2016

    Would like to join your listing

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    william wegiel

    March 1, 2016

    Please add to all your places of interest Please help keep the parks clean. Wonderful to see people enjoying the parks. Terrible to see them trash them. Do your part to help keep it clean.

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    Joan Machuca

    March 3, 2016

    You are doing an awesome job promoting Dig the Dunes!

    Hope that all your followers will join the Dunes Learning Center for their annual gala, “Walk Through Time, A Dunes Affair”, on September 16th at 6:00 at Sand Creek Country Club. The dinner, silent auction and entertainment is fun and an awesome way to support the Dunes Learning Center which provides environmental learning experiences to students in the region. Save the date–email me if you are interested in purchasing tickets! Joan Machuca, Event Chair

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    Barbara Snyder

    April 4, 2016

    can i enter a photo? and how?

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      May 17, 2016

      you are welcome to send photos anytime to our Facebook page and we will be happy to post them. Thank you!

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    May 2, 2016

    I have been on the Calumet Bike Trail and would definitely recommend it to anyone that has not tried it. My group and I had a great time riding our 10 speeds.

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    Diane Kellenburger

    May 16, 2016

    Carmella’s Cafe located on Lake Michigan at Marquette Park in Miller has the “best view” around.

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    May 17, 2016

    How have you guys overlooked Matey’s as one of the premier outdoor spaces in the greater dunes area?

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      May 17, 2016

      Hi Mark, there were so many, it was hard to get them all in! That’s a good one though and we will keep it in mind if we ever do another list. You are welcome to add it to the comments at the bottom of that post, so that others will know about them. Thanks!

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    Leslie Rose Green

    May 20, 2016

    Would like to buy ad space for $40 yearly. How do I do that?

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    May 25, 2016

    Sorry I had to hear about this after the fact and I live within walking distance of the Park. Sincerely hope this year’s Farmers Market is better than in past years. Griffith’s Friday market has put them to shame.

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    Beverly Fields

    May 27, 2016

    It was a beautiful event! Great ambience, food, wine and beers. So glad I could attend!

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    May 31, 2016

    Love, love, love this post on the wonderful coffee houses in our area. Must try them this summer when we are out and about. Thank you dig the dunes for this great valuable info.

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    Mike Stiles

    June 15, 2016

    That’s right, Brenda, put away the electronic devices… and take a hike! I don’t think most people (even Northwest Indiana residents) realize what a treasure we have here in the Dunes and the trail system. Great interview, Brenda!

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    Doria LeMay

    August 1, 2016

    Love your article that highlights our community. So nice! My husband & I moved here from Il., & have raised 3 kids, 34 yrs. ago & never looked back! Glad to meet you neighbor!

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    shaun skeffington

    August 15, 2016

    Great story,but I am really suprised since you are from Chesterton you did not pick
    Octave Grill?

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      August 15, 2016

      Thanks for the comment, but these were my 14 year olds picks. Teens like what they like! 🙂 Octave is also a great place, that’s for sure.

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    August 16, 2016

    Alex: That was a great blog on cheeseburgers, so convincing that I want to visit all 5 places you wrote about, I think you can take over the Dunes newsletter from your mom some day, you did such a great job! I’m very very proud of you. Keep up the good work. Love Grandma

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    August 18, 2016

    I would have to argue that you are not a FIP. You understand and respect the land, people and area because you grew up with all NWI lakeshore has to offer. You understand the uniqueness of each side of the pond, which not many get a chance to live. I moved away over 23 years ago and have lived all over the world. Long Beach will always be home. You may live in the land of the FIP’s, but I truly doubt you are one. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

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    eve noonan

    September 22, 2016

    If of interest, Steve Messier at Tryon Farm has been photographing damsel flies and dragonflies all summer he is fascinating about all of this and the photos of our Indiana flora and fauna are amazing!!! Maybe he is a person of interest.
    Thanks Eve,
    Eve Noonan

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    October 10, 2016

    Hi everyone I live in Gary, nor from here. I’m from the south suburbs of Chicago it was a trail I used to run at Isaac Walton in homewood it was about 3 miles. I’ve been looking for a similar trail out this way any suggestions?

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      November 3, 2016

      Sorry for the delay! I must have missed this. Have you gone to Miller Woods? About three miles out and back. Beautiful right now!

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    October 25, 2016

    looking forward to the new shirts. Spring green is a happy color, Hoodies are good. Any long sleeve ts? Thanks for opening the dunes in a new way. j

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      November 3, 2016

      hoodies on their way!

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    November 2, 2016

    Great info, honey! Love you so much from proud Grandma Bev!

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    Kathy Parker

    November 3, 2016

    Thanks for revealing this gem You paint a picture I must see for myself.

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    Wm A Katz

    November 5, 2016

    Dropped in the first time a year ago or so…a very nice place. I’ve been back a couple of times…good walking and lots to see. A very well kept place. See you soon.

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    November 28, 2016

    Enjoying your captivating photos on Instagram that highlight the beauty of the dunes and looking forward to the 2017 Dig The Dunes calendar.

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      November 28, 2016

      Thank you, Jane! We always love to hear that people are enjoying our posts. 🙂

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    Diane Levin

    December 15, 2016

    anyone know about skishoeing or where to get them?

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      December 15, 2016

      I hope to post an article about this soon. You can get snowshoes at the nature center at the Indiana Dunes state park. You can get cross country skis at douglas center in miller and love creek in berrien springs.

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    jerry savel

    April 12, 2017

    cant help but wonder about long term impact…sand contamination…clean up…future dredging that could possibly stir up sediments etc

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    Diane Levin

    April 15, 2017

    While I applaud the tireless efforts of Save the Dunes in this emergency as well as over the longterm, it is distressing to consider the immediate developments and a seeming willingness to give US Steel a “good behavior pass.” The company responsible for as- yet undetermined environmental damage is already cranking up to resume weekend operations. Place the whirl of the production line against the image of silent closed beaches that may harbor lingering dangers in the water and sand. How is this reasonable? Fines, local remediation and thoughtful system improvements have not entered a deserved public conversation. Let us hope this will not be drowned out by the hum of business as usual. We all should clamor to insure it does not.

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    Beverly Fields

    May 29, 2017

    Thanks for such a helpful list of outdoor dining facilities! As always, Dig The Dines provides great info about our Harbor Country area!

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    Susan M.

    October 11, 2017

    Once you cross into Lake County, the trail becomes the Oak Savanna Trail, maintained by Lake County Parks. It’s a wonderful Trail. Hope you ride further than Cleveland soon to the new trail on the south end of Oak Ridge Prairie. That now hooks you to the Erie Lackawanna Trail through Griffith and Highland and Hammond, where it connects to the Monon Trail, although the EL may be closed right now at 45th Street because they are finally putting in a crossing light.

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    Ted Robison

    November 27, 2017

    That lot is not on Freyer Road/900North. That road was Brown Road before the change to 900 North. It changed from Freyer to Brown at the Meer Road junction, which is offset and is the line between Michigan City and Springfield Township.

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    Sue Rutsen

    January 26, 2018

    Don’t forget fine dining on Lake St in Miller at Miller Bakery Café, Miller Pizza and Captain’s House.

  183. Reply

    Scott Kosik

    February 21, 2018

    Thanks Dig the Dunes. I am currently looking for a good trail running shoe for the Dunes and I now know what to consider and the local shop to buy them.

    • Reply


      February 22, 2018

      You’re quite welcome! If you have any other articles you would like us to write about, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas!

  184. Reply

    Tami Bianco

    April 5, 2018

    Great article about surfing on Lake Michigan! I always wanted to know why and where they do this. Definitely one of those extreme sports that is for the very fit!

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    Helen Ellision

    May 15, 2018

    These skills are very helpful for me . Thank your for sharing. Hypnosis can be beneficial for issues such as pain management, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, asthma, obesity and psoriasis. is it possible we hypnotize someone with 3 seconds?

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    Tom Potter

    May 21, 2018

    This list should have included the Village Tavern in beautiful downtown Porter, Indiana.
    Wagner’s, also on Porter, has a wonderful deck to dine on.
    I suggest you try both locales and I’m sure they will be lost worthy.

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    Tom Potter

    May 21, 2018

    Oops, I must have overlooked Wagner’s on the list.

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    Tasha Martin

    June 17, 2018

    Thank you for listing dog friendly places throughout this website. We are coming next weekend for our first visit to the Dunes and bringing our Golden Retriever, Birdie with us. This has been a fantastic resource!

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      June 18, 2018

      Awesome!! We love to hear that we are helping people out! 🙂

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    June 21, 2018

    Please send emails about special events. The Emita II, catered events, midnight @ sunset cruises, nature cruises, etc.

  190. Reply

    Joette salyer

    August 14, 2018

    Love the dunes!

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    M.A. Taylor

    August 27, 2018

    If you are looking for “dive-bars” to feature, I suggest The Ritz Klub in Michigan City, IN. Famous as being the oldest bar in town and also for their burgers. Ran by brother & sister, Phyllis & Rich Komasinski, it was originally their grandparents….may even great-grandparents! Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!

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      August 28, 2018

      That’s a great one. We will definitely look into it!!

  192. Reply

    Jacqui Kelly

    November 12, 2018

    I love how you captured the sunset. The lighting is perfect and the photos are beautiful! I go to Michigan City every year, and these pictures brought back wonderful memories.

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    Judy Mervine

    November 27, 2018

    Superb job Matthew Werner!
    I was there too. You described it perfectly. That parade is more than special and I’m always glad it’s dark because no one can see me cry. That’s pretty silly but that’s what happens to me every year. It’s a lot of things. Christmas memories, the kids, the sounds the little lights, Santa the efforts of my small community and in these troubled times it’s Hope.
    Thanks again for describing something that’s hard to really share. But you did.

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    Darwin Kenney

    February 11, 2019

    Been Living in Miller since 1990..and it’s still beautiful as ever..

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    Ann Wierzbicki

    March 12, 2019

    I’ve so enjoyed your article “Dear winter it’s over” . It brought a big smile to my face, in fact all your articles do that for me. I look forward to your blog every Tuesday. Keep up the good work and keep digging the dunes!

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    March 12, 2019

    If you do hike around Howe’s Prairie, please be careful of rare plants out there and CLEAN YOUR BOOTS before you enter the area so you won’t vector invasive species into it.

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    Erik Oslawski

    March 20, 2019

    I used to frequently run on this trail almost everyday when I lived by the dunes and rented a small apartment on Waverly Road. I was not sure how well known this trail was, if at all. Thanks for the article it really brings back good memories.

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    Raymond Hewlett

    April 16, 2019

    Do you know if there is an existing app that shows exact location on the trails inside the park!!!!

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    April 29, 2019

    The Ritz Klub in MC has an awesome hamburger!

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    Adam Wojo

    May 16, 2019

    Zorn Brewery, it’s dog friendly, has fire pits, and cornhole.

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    April 15, 2019

    We are shipping a new discount card, sticker and letter with information.