Who is Dig the Dunes?

Dig the Dunes is¬†website that uncovers some of the area’s finest hidden treasures.¬†The beaches, the trails, the dunes, the shops & restaurants, the artists‚Ķand the people. You see all the posts and photos, but who is behind them?¬†Here are some of the key faces that make up Dig the Dunes.


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Eve Landsman-Wierzbicki, founder

Dig the Dunes started with Eve’s love of nature. She¬†grew up in the area, graduated from IU, lived in Chicago and then moved back in 2004. It wasn’t until about 6¬†years ago that Eve¬†started taking long walks with her¬†dog and discovered so much of the beauty that this area has to offer.¬†She¬†began taking photos and posting them on her¬†Facebook page and found that people really enjoyed seeing them. Watching her¬†page grow, made Eve¬†want to share more and more. Soon she¬†was writing blog posts and¬†adding all sorts of things to the website.

Eve is excited to grow Dig the Dunes. She has grown her local business directory and expanded many sections of the site, including the trails & beaches and geology of the dunes. She considers dig the dunes to be a complete social media platform, engaging her audience in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her website.

Over the past year, Dig the Dunes has sponsored many events like photography classes, guided hikes, bootcamp on the beach and more!

As things continue to grow, Eve can no longer do it by herself. She is so lucky to have added a group of dedicated writers, photographers, designers and nature lovers to her team




Stephen Lehman, photographer/writer

Stephen is a Michigan City based Pastor/Photographer. He enjoys landscape photography, long exposures, and candid portraiture. His love for adventure and nature fuels his passion to capture each of those moments. He loves the south shore area and hopes that others can discover it’s beauty through his photography. Stephen is working diligently on the trails and beaches section with write-ups and his beautiful photos. He also taught the very popular Sunset Photography class which runs once a month from May thru September.



Patty Kostro, geologist/writer

Patty is a recent graduate from Indiana University Northwest where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Geology. She currently holds an adjunct faculty position at IUN where she teaches students about rocks, minerals and topography for the Introductory to Earth Science labs. She is passionate about water and now that she has graduated, she hopes to pursue her¬†career¬†in hydrogeology. Patty is¬†a featured blogger on¬†digthedunes.com writing each month and teaching¬†readers about the ‚ÄúGeology of the Dunes‚ÄĚ.



Izzy Endsley, designer/writer/web programmer

Izzy is 23¬†and has¬†lived in NWI all her¬†life. She¬†grew up running the streets of Tamarack without shoes in the summer and ‚Äúshredding‚ÄĚ the hill at The Pines in the winter. Izzy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts studying Visual Communications Design. Izzy is starting to get involved more with the community and is very excited to help with¬†Dig the Dunes! Izzy has worked on several t-shirt designs and will be running the “shop” on DigtheDunes.com. Izzy’s first big project was to spearhead the Dig the Dunes calendar.



Evan Trotta, finance

Evan is¬†Eve’s favorite nephew (or so she let’s him think), He is 24-year’s old and lives in Columbus, IN. Evan¬†graduated from DePauw University and works full-time for Cummins in¬†a Finance Rotational Program. He loves¬†being outdoors (esp. when he goes¬†up to Ogden Dunes to visit!), triathlons, and a good slice of pizza. He¬†likes to think he is¬†a good cook and has been known to probably drink too much wine while doing so.
He’s¬†always thought Dig the Dunes was a great business, as supporting local, small businesses is not only economically important, but tends¬†to always have better product! When Eve asked Evan¬†to help, he¬†was ready to rock! Cheers!


Debbie Barkowski, writer

Debbie and her husband, Brian, are recent transplants to NWI.  She has a bachelor of arts from Elmhurst College.  She enjoys writing, reading, running and meditation.  One of her biggest passions is baking, a multi-generational love of Debbie and her family. When she’s not making sweets to share with others, you can find her outdoors or spending time with her family. Debbie has started writing some of the local articles for Dig the Dunes.


Angie Zucker, writer/on-the-go

Angie and Eve have¬†been a friends since college. Angie¬†loves being outside, doing fun things and seeing new areas. Angie helps out on the Dig the Dunes “on-the-go” series, helping find new trails and towns to feature¬†and being a¬†partner in crime¬†as they¬†venture out to explore¬†new places.



Want to become part of the team? Submit a cover letter and resume to eve@digthedunes.com

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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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    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 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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    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 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. ūüôā