Category Archives: Hiking

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Connect to the Outdoors with First Day Hike

As part of a 50-state initiative, America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year with a rejuvenating healthy hike connecting with the outdoors. Join us at the Indiana Dunes State Park where this annual tradition will look a little different this year as YOU get to…

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The Waterways Downtown Laporte Indiana

    I’ve always seen Pine Lake and sometimes Stone Lake driving in LaPorte delivering the PanoramaNow Magazines, but I’ve never really been on the lake until last weekend. It was such a nice experience and such clear water that I was amazed that in 35 years I had never heard nor seen anything about it…

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Highland Begins Park Expansion Downtown

On Tuesday, July 21, Highland Redevelopment Department announced the construction of “The Depot”  at the corner of Highway Ave and Kennedy Ave will begin. This is an effort to enhance the downtown Highland experience and make it a great place for business to thrive. The downtown Highland is dotted with lots restaurants, shopping and special…

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Indiana Dunes Hikers Asked to Use Designated Trails

The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department is asking that patrons use the designated trails (see attached) instead of using unmarked “social” trails.  Using “social” trails results in immediate and long-lasting damage to the dunes.  Several of the designated trails have beach mats for ease of use and access.  These beach mats are located on…

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New Paved Trails at Friendship Gardens

Over 2,900 feet of trails at Friendship Botanic Gardens were paved during the week of June 15th, 2020, which was made possible by a grant provided by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte.    The goal was to provide more access to people that require mobility assistance, such as wheelchairs and walkers. The natural green…

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Fun Activities to Do on the Weekend For Adults

The weekend means freedom from most of our day-to-day obligations, whether you are working or going to school. At the same time, it can present a bit of a dilemma if you are unsure what you want to do with your time. If you often find yourself feeling bored on your Saturdays and Sundays, consider…

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Hiking in Northwest Indiana

These past several months have been challenging. Many of us have taken refuge out of doors, or found hope and inspiration in the splendor of nature by admiring spring flowers and wildlife from our windows (or computers).   Our natural world unceasingly supports and inspires us when we need it most. Will you now help…

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Recreation Opportunities In Northwest Indiana

During the Pandemic, the safest thing to do is visit an outdoor facility. Northwest Indiana has lots of places to visit. Now is a great time to discover a new adventure. Here’s Some Recreation Opportunities in Northwest Indiana. Hiking in Northwest Indiana These past several months have been challenging. Many of us have taken refuge…

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A Close Encounter with Nature

     Ogden Gardens is a local treasure that is often overlooked. It is a quick and close encounter with Nature because it is located in the heart of the Valparaiso business district with a very close easy access parking area. For local residents it’s an easy bike ride or walk. Odgen Gardens is on…

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Hiking at Luhr Park – LaPorte Indiana

by Andie Renner-Miller A Hidden Gem – Luhr Park, La Porte County.      On a nice warm evening my husband and I decided to visit my favorite of the LaPorte County parks for a nice evening in nature. Luhr County Park has so much to offer. There is no fee to use this park…

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