As we searched for a destination between Door County, WI and Cincinnati (where we were due to meet up with some of my cousins) we stumbled upon Indiana Dunes State Park. The park is on the south shore of Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago. When we arrived, I was amazed at how gorgeous it was there! Unfortunately we couldn’t stay longer than 1 night, but I would happily return and make this a destination in itself. The park was beautiful, the dunes were interesting, and the beach was breathtaking!


  • Our early morning hike through the dunes to get to the beach. When we arrived at the beach, I was thrilled to see miles of white sandy beach – I could’ve sworn I was home looking at the Pacific Ocean.
  • While we were at the beach, a ladybug landed on my shirt, and stayed with us all the way back. The kids named herĀ “Cubby” (after the bear in the movie “Alaska”) and wondered what we would do with her when they went to college (they were expecting to keep her forever…)


  • Ravenous, apparently starving mosquitos that liked to hang out in the playground and along the path to the beach. Have I mentioned that I don’t like bugs?
  • TOLL ROADS. We inadvertently wound up on a toll road as crossed from Chicago into Indiana. It took forever, as there was a backup at each of the stops. Plus, it was frustrating as there was little notice before each of the toll plazas. When you’re driving a big motorhome with a car behind, it isn’t easy to suddenly maneuver over to the right to get into the “wide load” lane.

All in all, 2 thumbs up for Indiana Dunes, but avoid the toll roads and bring your bug spray!