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post Mar 24 2008, 07:31 AM
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I thought it would be fun to get away from the negative things going on around town, and try something new and positive. What I hope I see is people taking turns giving their thoughts on what every Cityzen of Michigan City should experience at least once in their lifetimes here. It can be anything, as long as it is positive. I started out with 10 things, but if we can get more than that, we will keep going as long as the thread allows.

I'll even start out...

#1 Going out into Washington Park to view the Lighthouse catwalk after a series of cold, windy, snowy days. The ice frozen onto the pier and driven into the sands just make a picture-esque opportunity, unique amongst most of the world for its view.

#2 The Drum & Bugle show at Ames Field. This show is amazing. The young people are so talented. Even my kids enjoy it

#3 Visit the Library. It is the most lively and interesting place in the golden triangle. There is no charge. It is an amazing architectural experience. It is a common ground for all people to mingle, regardless of race, creed, social or economic status. It contains the wisdom of the ages. It is an easy bicycle or bus destination from almost anywhere in MC. Enjoy it while it lasts.

#4 Climb Mount Baldy...or at least go visit. We're so fortunate to have this beautiful creation in our backyard. Personally, I can't wait to take my kids out there this spring and summer.

#5 spend the day catching Jumbo Lake perch and fryng em up as soon as you get back.

#6. Stroll the Friendship Gardens in late Spring

#7 Float on your back in Lake Michigan on a 90 degree day!

#8 Make the climb up to the top of the zoo observation tower the day after a nice strong rain. All of the smog and pollution are cleared out of the air and you can see for miles and miles.

#9 Go to the Michigan City Regional final at the Wolves Den. Only time of the year you get to see between 7,000-8,000 people in there at the same time. For sports fans, it doesn't get better than that.

#10 Cruise Washington Park for the Festival of Lights. Its got to be the best show in NW IN.

#11: Fireworks on the beach!

#11 1/2 Fireworks from a boat on the lake!

#12 Take a ride on the last InterUrban electric line train in the United States of America into Chicago and spend a day in one of the world-class cities in the country. Among the great things to do I would suggest a December day at the Museum of Science and Industry, a summer day in Millenium Park, or a day shopping the Magnificent Mile... all walking distance from train stops.

#13 Take the Barker Mansion tour around Christmas time. The place is just beautiful when done up.

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A big Hear, Hear to number 17. Number 16--huh??


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QUOTE(Roger Kaputnik @ May 12 2008, 08:39 AM) *

A big Hear, Hear to number 17. Number 16--huh??


# 17 -- Moon Valley

Now that all of you have been on the edge of your collective seat for six days, I'll let you in on the Moon Valley secret.

Moon Valley is a "Nature Conservancy" located between the boundaries of:
- Lakeshore Drive to the north
- Karwick Road (Hacienda) to the east
- Highway 12 to the south
- and Beachwalk (the housing development at about stop 9) to the west.

A map of the area can be found at the site below. Zoom out once or twice and scroll to the right (east). The big blank spot with a small lake and pond is Moon Valley:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1...=1&ct=image

It is a hidden treasure with several diverse ecosystems within its one hundred or so acres, including large dunes, a flat open prarie, two intradunal ponds/marshes, and a healthy deciduous forrest. It is a long thin strip of land (about a mile and half by a quarter of a mile), with a couple of good hiking trails that are perfect for a thirty minute run or hour-long hike, and it is very accessible. You can park and enter this little piece of wilderness through Beachwalk, from Lakeshore Drive, or from Hacienda (just across Karwick). From the top of one of the dunes, you can look down on a panaramic view that include Lake Michigan and all of our fair city (all the way out to the Valpo morain).

Moon Valley was selected as the site for two geo caches (a new sport using GPS systems to find hidden "treasures") by one of the popular websites because of its uniqueness and rugged beauty. Throughout the last two years, I have taken about 200 hikes in the area, and seen perhaps twenty other people. Without any real protection, the area is remarkably well preserved, although there are a few four wheelers who apparently use and abuse it: I've seen and heard them maybe three times in the last two years.

If you are looking for a quick, exciting hike within ten minutes driving distance of just about anywhere in MC, I highly recommend this Natural Preserve. In my opinion, it compares favorably to the local State and National Parks, and that comes from a person who visits them weekly as well. And, if you park on the east side of the preserve, you can count on a margarita or a beer and/or a black bean wet burrito awaiting you after some good excercise.

In fact, I'm heading out there right now.


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southsider2k7   Things everyone must do in Michigan City   Mar 24 2008, 07:31 AM
Ang   #2 The Drum & Bugle show at Ames Field. This ...   Mar 24 2008, 11:16 AM
Ecotourist   #3 Visit the Library. It is the most lively and ...   Mar 25 2008, 03:57 PM
JHeath   #4 Climb Mount Baldy...or at least go visit. We...   Mar 25 2008, 05:31 PM
lovethiscity   #5 spend the day catching Jumbo Lake perch and fry...   Mar 25 2008, 07:39 PM
mcstumper   #6. Stroll the Friendship Gardens in late Spring   Mar 25 2008, 09:04 PM
edgeywood   #7 Float on your back in Lake Michigan on a 90 deg...   Mar 26 2008, 06:15 PM
southsider2k7   #8 Make the climb up to the top of the zoo observa...   Mar 27 2008, 07:18 AM
MC Born & Raised   #9 Buy The News-Dispatch? Just kidding ... #9 Go...   Mar 28 2008, 04:55 PM
Ang   #9 Go to the Michigan City Regional final at the...   Mar 31 2008, 01:17 PM
southsider2k7   I TOTALLY agree on this one!! Just be su...   Apr 1 2008, 06:51 AM
Ang   I was thinking of Oktoberfest as well. Except it...   Apr 1 2008, 09:46 AM
southsider2k7   I was thinking of Oktoberfest as well. Except it...   Apr 1 2008, 09:49 AM
southsider2k7   #10 Cruise Washington Park for the Festival of Lig...   Apr 3 2008, 08:08 AM
Ang   #11: Fireworks on the beach!   Apr 3 2008, 10:39 AM
lovethiscity   #11: Fireworks on the beach! #11 1/2 Firewo...   Apr 3 2008, 06:39 PM
southsider2k7   #12 Take a ride on the last interUrban electric li...   Apr 13 2008, 10:48 AM
southsider2k7   #13 Take the Barker Mansion tour around Christmas ...   Apr 17 2008, 08:28 AM
JHeath   #13 Take the Barker Mansion tour around Christmas...   Apr 17 2008, 08:44 AM
Michelle   I know I'm late to the game, but as a newbie t...   Apr 26 2008, 10:46 PM
JHeath   I know I'm late to the game, but as a newbie ...   Apr 27 2008, 11:52 AM
southsider2k7   I know I'm late to the game, but as a newbie ...   Apr 28 2008, 06:12 AM
Ang   Welcome Michelle!! If you're new in t...   Apr 28 2008, 09:00 AM
Michelle   Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm looking f...   May 3 2008, 10:02 AM
southsider2k7   #14 take in the Lubeznik Art Center. A community ...   May 10 2008, 02:33 PM
Teach   For the fit, if you dare: #15 Take a bike ride (...   May 11 2008, 01:44 PM
Roger Kaputnik   A big Hear, Hear to number 17. Number 16--huh??   May 12 2008, 07:39 AM
southsider2k7   A big Hear, Hear to number 17. Number 16--huh?? ...   May 12 2008, 07:41 AM
Teach   A big Hear, Hear to number 17. Number 16--huh?? ...   May 17 2008, 11:37 AM
southsider2k7   # 17 -- Moon Valley Now that all of you have bee...   May 21 2008, 09:36 AM
Roger Kaputnik   I know where Canada is, but frankly, to have visit...   May 12 2008, 11:48 AM
Roger Kaputnik   See you there! I will be the middle-aged (yes...   May 19 2008, 08:40 AM
Roger Kaputnik   I am about a 9½-minute mile runner. Can we park ...   May 21 2008, 11:27 AM
Teach   SSider - it is a great walk and I go with my daugh...   May 21 2008, 08:21 PM
edgeywood   Please let me know if any of you try it. Than...   May 22 2008, 02:07 PM
Teach   Thanks, Teach! We went Tuesday and parked a...   May 22 2008, 08:29 PM
edgeywood   Great. Who is "we" (family?), and did ...   May 23 2008, 05:58 PM
Teach   Myself and my husband...yes, we walked all the wa...   May 24 2008, 12:46 PM
Roger Kaputnik   Well, I finally got to The Valley! I parked b...   May 27 2008, 06:43 PM
Teach   Well, I finally got to The Valley! I parked ...   May 27 2008, 09:16 PM
Teach   #19 Vote #20 Vote in a City by the lake poll #...   May 27 2008, 09:56 PM
Dave   #21 Sing karaoke at one of the local watering ...   May 29 2008, 02:20 AM
southsider2k7   Nice additions to the list!   May 28 2008, 07:23 AM
Roger Kaputnik   26. Ride a bicycle on York St. (just the cobblest...   May 28 2008, 08:27 AM
Ang   27. Watch the drawbridge go up from Millenium Par...   May 28 2008, 08:56 AM
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Roger Kaputnik   Sit out a BIG thunderstorm in the Library.   Jun 20 2008, 09:37 AM
southsider2k7   28. Watch the 4th of July parade and the firework...   Jul 14 2008, 09:35 AM
Marram   Finally got a couple shots of Moon Valley uploaded...   Jul 19 2008, 09:27 PM
Tim   Finally got a couple shots of Moon Valley uploade...   Jul 22 2008, 01:53 AM
Marram   Those are some beautiful pictures! Where the...   Jul 22 2008, 10:05 AM
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