Indiana Dunes State Park & Indiana Dunes National Park
We left home on Monday, August 22nd and headed North. We opted to stay off the interstates and traveled North on US 31, West on US 30, and North again on Indiana State Road 49. It took us a little under 3 hours to reach Indiana Dunes State Park. This was our first time at this state park. The campground was mostly full and the beach was packed. Guessing many schools don't start until after Labor Day.
The Pavilion was built in 1929-30 for $100,000. In 2015 private business contributed between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000 to modernize and restore the building to its original glory days. There is a full service restaurant on the first floor (closed Tuesdays), and event center on the second floor. There is a roof top bar that is open Thursday through Sunday. We were going to grab dinner up there that Thursday, but it rained.
Chicago skyline at sunset
Part of the Dunes
Sarah keeping an eye on the trailer from her shelter
Propeller from the J.D. Marshall. The ship sank in 1911, approximately 300' offshore from the Pavilion. There are four (4) seasonal buoys that mark the spot. It is a popular scuba diving spot.
A ship anchored off the steel mills
The sounds of Lake Michigan Waves crashing on shore
We had a nice pull through site at Dunes National Park