Hiking Cowles Bog Trail at Indiana Dunes National Park

A woman in a colorful dress walks a sandy path in a grassy plain with Lake Michigan in the background.

A nearly private beach and stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline await on this 4.5 mile hike through the charming forested dunelands of the United States’ youngest national park.

Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Park features diverse habitats and was one of the sites used in botanist Henry Chandler Cowles’ study of ecological succession — one of the driving factors behind efforts to save the dunes from commercial development.

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The Perfect Hiking Route at Indiana Dunes

Woman hiker standing atop sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park.

If you’re visiting Indiana Dunes, you probably already know about the 3-Dune Challenge, but did you also know that the less-trekked Trail 9 was named best hiking trail in Indiana by USA Today?

Our curated hiking route combines both experiences as well as the gorgeous shoreline with an easily-customized map for those wanting to hike shorter or longer distances.

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What To Do When Instagram Has Action Blocked Your Account

Instagram logo behind prison bars signifying action blocked ban

AUGUST 10, 2019 UPDATE – We’ve now received word from three users who had success getting the action block lifted after having been banned for three weeks. They simply logged out of the app and logged back in (go figure). We reached out to others currently still banned and asked them to try it out, but none of them had similar success. That said, it won’t hurt to give it a shot. Be sure to log out from every device. If that doesn’t work (and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t), keep reading …

AUGUST 7, 2019 UPDATE – OUR THIRD ACTION BLOCK ENDED EARLIER THAN EXPECTED! What did we do differently? Keep scrolling or click the anchor tag to read: The private profile theory.

So you’ve been action blocked on Instagram? Welcome to the club. Stop mashing your index finger into the “Tell us” button, take a deep breath and relax.

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