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Old 05-25-2014, 05:39 PM
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Default Dem Dunes

I had not been there since I was 8 years old, Andi had never been there, but we both wanted to go. Somewhere just east of Chicago lies a neat little place called the Indiana Dunes. I'm pretty sure there is no place in the midwest quite like it, and it is only 2hrs away in the garage-built contraption.

A few phone calls confirmed the comments on airnav that there was a gas war on at KGYY (Gary International Airport). They had $5 avgas and the new FBO at B. Coleman was almost complete - they could set us up with a cheap rental car and book a room at a nice rate. Even the weather cooperated - mild, sunny and tailwinds down and back!

We departed early and you know how the story begins....


Cool and smooth at 7500, we were making good time over Badgerland



We ran out of land and hit a big lake - directions said turn south


Is that the Emerald City in the distance?


We passed the Baha'i Temple (check the flyway chart)


and finally got up close and personal with the Windy City






Awesome scenery!


continued......
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:40 PM
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Default Dem Dunes Part II

Chicago approach was very helpful and provided advisories down the shoreline at 2700ft. We landed at Gary and the people at B Coleman were ready for us. They brought the car out and loaded out bag - great service! 10 min later we were off to the lake!!

Our first stop was the beach at Indiana Dunes State Park - a little cool for swimming, but great for hiking


Blue water, blue sky - no crowds!


Top of a dune overlooking the beachhouse


Next we hiked the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - free access and really pretty!


The biggest dune, Mt Baldy, is closed b/c it swallowed a kid last year - run it thru the Google...


Does not quite scream Indiana, does it?


This did not turn out well


But this made the whole trip worthwhile!




Really worth the trip if you are in the midwest or looking for a OSH side trip!
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:18 PM
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Does not quite scream Indiana, does it?
Spent many summers swimming the lake and walking the dunes there. Grandma lived between Michigan City and Laporte so we drove from MN every year to visit.
Great trip write up.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:27 PM
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Beautiful pictures! Miss those areas.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:51 PM
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You really don't need to post a photo of me sleeping every time....
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:51 AM
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I had not been there since I was 8 years old, Andi had never been there, but we both wanted to go. Somewhere just east of Chicago lies a neat little place called the Indiana Dunes. I'm pretty sure there is no place in the midwest quite like it, and it is only 2hrs away in the garage-built contraption..
Also there are some rather large dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park near Traverse City, Michigan.

Nice trip report.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:56 AM
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Default Just observing a few salient facts:

1. Stunning photos of Chicago skyline were obviously taken from the right seat of an eastbound aircraft.

2. Lovely and talented Andi Howell occupied the right seat of said aircraft (see photo 1 of the subject image sequence).

3. Pete Howell, the alleged PIC of said aircraft, occupied the left seat.

4. And yet it is Pete Howell's name on the aforesaid stunning photos, and not the name of Andi Howell.

I'm just sayin.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:19 AM
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Default Guilty.....

Oh boy - lovely and talented. Yes she is all that, and she did take the skyline photos.

She must have Ashby on retainer...........


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1. Stunning photos of Chicago skyline were obviously taken from the right seat of an eastbound aircraft.

2. Lovely and talented Andi Howell occupied the right seat of said aircraft (see photo 1 of the subject image sequence).

3. Pete Howell, the alleged PIC of said aircraft, occupied the left seat.

4. And yet it is Pete Howell's name on the aforesaid stunning photos, and not the name of Andi Howell.

I'm just sayin.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:20 AM
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Also there are some rather large dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park near Traverse City, Michigan.

Nice trip report.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:39 AM
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Pete and Andi,
Looks like a great trip and a place that we should put on my list. Cannot believe you really built that contraption in your garage. Keep the adventure alive.
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