Michigan City, Indiana
Where the state of Indiana meets Lake Michigan is where you will find Michigan City. This town, located just minutes off Interstate 94 and the Indiana Toll Road east of Chicago, is a typical American town. There is a nice outlet shopping mall here, restaurants, hotels, a few museums, a marina, a lighthouse, a small downtown, etc., but the most noticeable thing here is the NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) coal power plant marked by its tall smokestacks and cooling tower. It dominates the city's northern section. Unfortunately it doesn't make a pretty sight; and doesn't make a pretty sight near the lake.
At the end of the pier lies the new lighthouse. You cannot go inside, but people fish or simply hang out on the rocks. The spot also offers some nice views of Mount Baldy to the east and the Michigan shoreline to the west. Be careful not to fall of the ledge.
The Little Calumet River is barely a flowing stream here. Once great power shovels cut the river into a straight ditch. Today, the National Lakeshore is letting the river find it's own way. The banks are crumbling, riffles are appearing and salmon can be seen swimming in the deep pools.
Maybe it forsinthia? May be it's some other pretty bush. Each season brings with it a unique blend of colors and plant life.
Fungi finds a way into the darker and moist crevices of the woods. Sometimes, it's a easy to find as looking at a downed log. Other times, you'll have to move leaves to get a better look.
A trail runs for over a mile and a half (2.5 k) along the south bank of the Little Calumet River. In an hour, you'll see several small groups of birdwatchers or plant enthusiasts along the trail. Each group intent on the wild life around them.