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Treks to fill your midsummer dreams across Michiana

Posted on August 10, 2018

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If the heat has given you woozy dreams of shady forests, nighttime escapades and people in silly costumes — well — those aren’t just dreams. The next month is full of them, thanks to local parks and civic organizations. And at summer’s end, we have details on the newly reshaped Bike Michiana for Hospice ride.

• Hike for prizes: If you hike three or four trails in southwest Michiana’s Harbor Country, you can score a free cup of coffee or other beverage from Infusco Coffee Roasters in Sawyer. Do five to nine trails, and you’ll be eating a free sandwich at David’s Delicatessen in New Buffalo. Do 10, and you’ve got a pizza at Patellie’s in Three Oaks. But you can’t win unless you snap a photo inside the selfie frame that has just been erected at each of 10 trails in the #10Trail Challenge posed by Chikaming Open Lands and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country. You’ve got until July 31.

Before hiking, you must register first at www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge, where you can learn more about each trail and where to post on social media. Or you can email photos to col@chikamingopenlands.org. Prizes will be awarded Aug. 1.

The 10 trails are in lush parks and preserves that all boast shade. They are: Robinson Woods Preserve in Chikaming Township; Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Galien River County Park in New Buffalo; Love Creek County Park in Berrien Center; Chikaming Township Park and Preserve in Harbert; Harbert Road Preserve in Harbert; Kesling Nature Preserve in Three Oaks; Hoadley Nature Trail at Watkins Park in Three Oaks; and Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve in Michigan City.