Saturday, June 09, 2007

Beauty (and the Beast) at the Indiana Dunes

Today, Dawn and I took our puppies to the Indiana Dunes, which is located along Lake Michigan. Our mission: To give the pups plenty of exercise so that they would be conked out by the time we returned home. And mission accomplished! The pups are now peacefully napping. :0)

Not knowing what to expect, we brought our cameras to take a few photographs. After climbing the summit of one of the dunes, we saw this incredible view:



Isn't Lake Michigan beautiful? My face immediately fell, however, when I turned my gaze to the right. Here's what I saw next:



Not a pretty sight. And I was really hoping to take my mind off these sort of issues. Well, not wanting to feel jaded, Dawn and I took the pups to the shore and then trekked along the trails. And we had a blast!

Here's a pic of Dawn with her pup, Lucy:


And here are my two critters, Jack and Willy:

So despite seeing the beastly refinery, we all enjoyed our Saturday outing to the Indiana Dunes. :0)

7 comments:

CyberCelt said...

Sad. It is bad all over.

We defeated 5 coal burning plants being opened in Texas. Now the governor is talking about nuclear power plants.

They just do not get it.

I am linking to your blog from Endangered Spaces.

http://endangeredspaces.blogspot.com

Experimentaholic said...

Ah the Dunes! I used to hang out there when I lived in Chicago! Great times, but too many flea bites! Sounds like you had fun! Experimentaholic

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Cybercelt: Congratulations on overturning the implementation of 5 coal burning plants in Texas. That's tremendous!! By the way, have you heard about the recent issue in Port Arthur, TX? Apparently, there's a chemical plant here in Indiana that's shipping wastewater containing VX, a nerve gas. I think litigations are currently underway to stop shipping this toxic waste to Texas.

And thanks for sending me the link to Endangered Spaces. I look forward to reading that blog!

:0)
M

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Experimentaholic: Yes, going to the Indiana Dunes was fun!!

Flea bites?!? Try ticks on for size!! My miniature schnauzer, Jack, had two ticks on him. And I found two ticks on me, too!!
Gross, gross, gross! (Yah, I'm really a city girl, if you can't tell by my disgust in finding ticks on me and my pooch!!)

:0)
M

JENNIFER said...

Those plants in IN is something that we can see from Michigan too. We could see it in my home town beach, Weko-Bridgman, we would always see that smoke, and on some good days you can see Chiago

angel said...

that is quite a view!

Julie said...

I am a Chicagoan and made my first trip to the Indiana Dunes and West Beach. I was horrified when I stepped past the beautiful dunes and saw the beach. I looked to both my left and right and saw refineries. I let my children swim, but I know the water can't be very clean. I hope that BP is unable to get additional dumping rights. I won't be going back.