Michigan City, IN
images from 2000-2003
Mount Baldy is a 126 foot tall living sand dune on the easternmost edge of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is unsuccumbed to nature and society, moving southward 4-9 feet each year; swallowing trees, the forest, boardwalks, observation towers, parking lots, and in 2013 a small child.
My own brush with danger on 19 December, 2003:
A strong wind sent me tumbling down from the peak, ass over elbows. My journey was preserved in a trail left behind in the sand and snow shown in the image above. Midway down I hit a clump of trees, bounced westerly a few feet and continued tumbling ass over elbows until I reached the bottom, startled and dazed but fortunately uninjured. As you can see below, the digital camera in my coat pocket deployed during descent.
I’ve never been able to capture Mount Baldy in a single image, but the tiny humans in the images below should give some sense of the enormous scale. While shorter than its cousins in Sleeping Bear Dunes this is a majestic mountain of sand, a desert adjacent to the northern forests. With another closing announced for 2015 I’m missing this quarantined friend, the strenuous climbs and rewarding sunset skyline views it offers.