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First trip to the dunes of the season!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I decided to start my vacation off with a trip to one of my favorite places - Indiana Dunes. I slept in until 6 (I'm normally up at 5). Hubby and I went to breakfast at our local diner (Skeeter - it is so cute).

By 7, I had dropped hubby at home (didn't want to go) and was off. I had no particular plan except I wanted to do trail 8 - the only "rugged" trail at the State park. I got there, picked up my season pass (helps fund the dunes and covers parking for the year), and headed for my chosen trail.

After getting up Mt. Jackson, 176 feet, I was starting to debate the intelligence of my choice to do the "rugged" trail first night out. But I met up with two men in their 70's, and they do this trail EVERY Saturday from May to September. Ok, female pride is just as real as male. I started up the next dune, Mt. Holden (184 feet) and then up the final, Mt. Tom at 192 feet. I looped back around to the nature center and felt great. Last year that trail took hubby and I 1.5 hours. I did it in 35 minutes!

I just headed out on trail 7 feeling high as a kite. I didn't realize that most of 7 goes along the beach. It wasn't even 60 with a cold wind right off the lake. I was just in a long sleeve wicking shirt and running pants. That was just too cold for me. At that point my only choice for getting back was going from the beach all the way up the backside of Mt. Holden. I struggled and my legs were on fire but I got back up the 184 ft from the beach to the top of the dune. Back down Mt. Jackson.

I should have headed home but I was right by trail 9. I turned and started walking. Somewhere in there I kind of spaced out. I was just walking in the sand. There were not bugs to speak of and the sun was dappled through the trees. I could hear the beach again, in the distance and I turned.

Remember me saying I had spaced? Well when I turned I was off trail and I didn't notice for a while. When I realized what I had done I was well out of site of any trail and/or the beach. I was looking around trying to figure out how I had gotten up on the ridge I was on when I spotted some large deer tracks. Well, I know how to track and if a deer can do it . . .

I follow those tracks into areas I have never been to before. It was BEAUTIFUL. I just kept the sounds of the beach on my left and followed the deer tracks as best as I can. "We" went along the back side of the "Pinery". I saw two of the most glorious big old trees. I was just in awe of what I was seeing. Sorry, forgot I had a camera.

Finally the deer tracks ended but fortunately I recognized part of where I was. I was at the very end of trail 10. So I took it back to the nature center. I did get some pictures at that point but I can't get my phone to download. It was lovely. Also the whole time on the deer path or on trail 10, my legs, back, and lungs felt glorious. No pain, no burning - I ended up doing 14 miles in sand, 150 "floors" of "stairs" (per my fitbit) and I felt GREAT!!

I called hubby to see how things were at home and let him know I was finally on the way (I had been gone 5 hours). He said he was just getting ready to walk the dogs. Did I want him to wait for me? Sure. Sure?!? Yeah, I said sure.

So I drove home, harnessed up the Tazzy and Gypsy, and headed back out for another 2 miles in 35 minutes! It was nice walking with hubby and girls. I didn't even think about being tired.

I got home and hubby had gotten Mama on DVD. So I got to stretch out (yikes I needed that) and then sit down to an awesome ghost story. This has been a great start to my vacation.
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KATHIC2 6/3/2013 8:02AM

  Great workout and great blog!!!

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CASEYSAUER 5/31/2013 4:02PM

    YOU GO, GIRLFRIEND!

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RUFFIT 5/30/2013 8:00AM

    Sounds great!!! emoticon Moni

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LIVINGFREE19 5/29/2013 9:06PM

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63KEEPONGOING 5/29/2013 8:29PM

  You really rock! No stopping you! Way to go!

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KICKINGKILOS 5/29/2013 9:14AM

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VTRICIA 5/29/2013 12:25AM

    You go, girl!

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JUMPINJULIE 5/28/2013 6:19PM

    Sounds like a great day. And a great workout. WTG

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KJELLYBEAN15 5/28/2013 9:58AM

    Boy have I missed reading your adventures. Great job. Enjoy your vacation.

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EMI794 5/27/2013 2:51PM

  emoticon My legs hurt just reading that! That's awesome that you did that much!
I've been to the dunes - they are beautiful!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/27/2013 7:05AM

    That sounds like so much stinkin' fun! Makes me think abuot taking Child for a hike today!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/27/2013 2:49AM

    Sounds like you had a blast!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/27/2013 2:34AM

    emoticon on all of that walking and a fantastic way to start your vacation! That's so cool that you went to parts where you'd never been before. I've gotten lost on my property before but I know how to find my way back. I guess navigating your way back to a familiar place is something most people can't do. emoticon

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ASILLA 5/26/2013 7:33PM

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SOULFISH80 5/26/2013 6:45PM

    14 miles, you are incredible. Sounds like a wonderful way to start this long weekend!!!! Way to spark up those trails!!!

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JAXMOMMY 5/26/2013 5:23PM

    Did you like the movie? Sounds just awesome! Once again, color me envious! Your blogs are so upbeat compared to my gray ones! I need to snap out of this fog and get busy! Glad you had such a florious day!

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TWEETYKC00 5/26/2013 5:23PM

    Way to go! That sounds like a wonderful day!

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KARENLEIGH32 5/26/2013 3:43PM

    Sounds like a great start too!

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DARLY55 5/26/2013 3:08PM

    Nature is so beautiful and mesmerizing, I wish I were hiking with you, what a great time! Years ago I used to go to Hocking Hills in Ohio and hike all day from sun up to sunset, it was fantastic!

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DOGLADY13 5/26/2013 2:59PM

    You day sounds fabulous! I love days like that. Here's to a terrific start of vacation.

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/26/2013 2:38PM

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Sounds fantastic!!!!
Hope each day of vacation puts that kind of smile on your face.
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CHERYL_ANNE 5/26/2013 1:26PM

    Love it when you just become one with nature and time no longer is relevant!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/26/2013 12:54PM

    good for you! I plan on attacking my Garden this week! Hauling,planting and weeding.

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JUSTME29 5/26/2013 11:03AM

    That sounds fantastic! I'm so glad you had a great start to your vacation!

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BOILHAM 5/26/2013 8:51AM

    Love your adventurous spirit. We are alike, I love to get off the beaten track, literally. I really enjoyed this blog, sounds like you had a great run.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/26/2013 8:29AM

    WOW! That's all I got WOW!

You are hard core!

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NILLAPEPSI 5/26/2013 8:25AM

    You are my HERO!!! Wow! You go girl!!!! emoticon

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SPOONGIRLDEB 5/26/2013 8:16AM

    Wow! And here I thought my 12.67miles and 72 flights of stairs was tough, you blew me away and yours was just a "fun" hike!!!! I thought I might have a chance of catching you up on fitbit minutes but apparently not LOL!!!

Sounds like you had a great day, though...nothing like being out in nature, is there?

Hope the rest of your vacation goes as well!

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FLORIDASUN 5/26/2013 8:06AM

    WOW...WOMAN! emoticon Are YOU amazing or WHAT!?! Wayyyy to go on the fitbit! My Fiona (fitbit) would have passed out from the shock of it all. She goes into a 'zone' when I hit over 15,000 steps and 20 flights of stairs! emoticon

Sooo amazing that the deer showed you places you've never enjoyed before...and even more amazing you experienced all of this adventure without freaking out.

I would have been cursing myself the whole time for getting lost. I'm telling you I can get lost in the parking lot if I go out the wrong side of Macy's while shopping! emoticon I obviously was never a homing pigeon in a former life.... emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/26/2013 4:29AM

    Wow, that sounds like a gorgeous workout in the dunes!

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MERRY_XMAS 5/26/2013 3:52AM

    Amazing! You are a little explorer!
Have a great vacation!
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ANATASHIKI 5/26/2013 1:47AM

    cute day! emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/26/2013 1:35AM

    What an awesome day! For most of us getting lost just means we're lost, and frustrated. For you getting lost turns into a great adventure! Wonderful-- and a
great start to your vacation.
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FAITHGIRL91 5/26/2013 12:13AM

    emoticon So glad you had a wonderful time! :)

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LIVINGFREE19 5/25/2013 11:50PM

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LESLIELENORE 5/25/2013 11:27PM

    That is so awesome! Sounds like a terrific day. I wish we had a park like that closer to where I live. There are some nice parks, but they are farther away.

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BLITZEN40 5/25/2013 11:24PM

    Wow, you really put some distance in! emoticon

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/25/2013 11:20PM

    That's incredible! Good for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/25/2013 10:46PM

  Totally awesome! I know I would have panicked not knowing where I was, but you're obviously a great "Nature Girl" being able to follow the deer tracks! AWESOME! My brain would have been too busy, I think, screaming like a girl!

HUGS

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KATRINAKAT23 5/25/2013 10:41PM

  What a great workout. I hope the rest of your vacation is just as good. emoticon emoticon

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