Porter Tourist Traps

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    Busy beaches

    by sambarnett Written Sep 2, 2003

    It never gets as bad as images I have seen from urban or European beaches, with sunbathers packed sweaty elbow to sweat elbow, but the Dunes beaches can get VERY crowded during the summer months.

    Unique Suggestions: Deal with it. Take a hike in the backdune country or walk a mile or so away from the crowds. Most of the slobs you visit here don't have the initiative to go very far.

    Fun Alternatives: Winter is a great time to visit the lakeshore. The ice shelf is an alluring otherworldly, if dangerous sight. Dress warm!

    If time and quick transportation is available, pay a visit to the lakeshore as a storm is rolling in. Defintely a moody, memorable experience, but realize that storms here should not be taken for granted. Those in need of convincing should turn to Steel Shavings volume 28, pages 97-99.

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    School field trips

    by sambarnett Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    Animals, knowledgeable park rangers dressed in period costumes, free admittance and the chance to learn about pioneer life in The Region makes the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm a hit with the school age crowd. There was a point where everytime I'd show up there'd be a caravan of school buses.

    Unique Suggestions: Nothing against kids; and believe me, I think it's fantastic that we have places like to take them to get a hands-on historical education, but is a little hard to commune with nature when there's hundreds of kids, along with their frazzled chaperones, running around. So here's a few observations:
       During the school year (late August to early June), try visiting on the weekends, early in the morning or just before closing time. Winter seems to be a good time: no right-thinking school administrator would send our future out into the cold. Be careful though, the trails can become iced over. I don't know what the place is like in the summer, pretty popular I imagine.

    Fun Alternatives: If you just want to hike the Little Calumet River trail, there's a small parking lot near the Bailly Homestead, about a half mile into the forest and away from the main areas of visitation. From US 20 turn north at Howe Road. It's about 1/4 mile east of Mineral Springs Road.

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