After Chicago, we spent some time at the Indiana Dunes State Park, hiking the dunes and swimming in Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan has waves! It was odd. The ground drops off pretty quickly, and it’s fresh water, so you don’t float that well, but it was fun!
We hiked up “Devil’s Slide”. As you can see, I was not quite up to the challenge. I made it, but it wasn’t pretty. The building is a fort from the Revolutionary War (I think it’s a replica? Not quite sure).The boys (all 3) decided to run down the back side of Devil’s Slide. The return looked like this:
From Indiana, we drove to Wisconsin and has some dinner – cheese curds and walleye with Spotted Cow beer. And we watched the sun set over the Mississippi backwaters.
The next morning, we went for a dip in the river. With the giant catfish
Not all of those ripples are from the current
I went in!
They caught a frog. At the swimming beach.This is from the campground road, it’s just a cool marshy area of the river.
We drove through Minnesota, stopping at Blue Earth to visit the Jolly Green Giant!
We drove through Iowa for a bit, just to say we went to Iowa, then ended up in the prairies of South Dakota. Where’s Laura Ingalls?
We took a quick side trip to Devil’s Gulch, which Jesse James jumped his horse to get away from the law. The trail was horribly marked, but the view was pretty.
From the bridge that now spans the gulch
Looking up at the bridge.
And since it was a Sunday, we were able to play tourist at a John Deere shop
Ok, they’re kind of impressively large.
We stopped at the Porter Sculpture Garden. Todd was extremely impressed by this place, so I’ll let him do the post. But, if you see a giant steer off of I-90 in South Dakota, take the next exit and go. It’s worth it.