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My primary focus is to help veterans and their families, first responders, those in recovery from addictions and traumas, families, groups, organizations, corporations, and of course ALL LOVERS OF FREEDOM so that would be YOU!






Open, POP UP, 10/2/22, Sunday, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE. West Beach lot of the INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK. This is the lot WEST of the Pavilion. THIS IS NOT West Beach in Gary, IN. We will do photography after we go up to the BIRD OBSERVATION PLATFORM.


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10/02/22, SUNDAY, HIKER VETS, 10:45 AM - 1 PM, VETERAN HIKE! Meet at the Pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park . For veterans, their families, their friends, organizations that support them, and dogs or service animals, and IF YOU care about your FREEDOM. SIGN UP. JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell#

READ THE DETAILS HERE: IndianaDunesHiking.com/Hiker-Vets. Also HikerVets.Com , HikerVets.Org , HikerVets.US


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Open, 10/3/22 - 12/31/22, DOING HIKES for veterans, those in recovery, first responders, and those who have had traumas, and LOVERS OF FREEDOM!. If you fall into one of these categories, and YOU DO(!) email RonSemanEventGmail.com


Hikes of adventure in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.


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Sunset Hill Full Moon Night Hike

10/8/22, Saturday 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM. YOU MUST SIGN UP THROUGH the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department. There are a limited number of slots.


https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/2333?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE REGISTERING JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# and you can sign a paper release for the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department when you arrive but you MUST sign there very simple release form so that if you get hurt on the hike you can't file a lawsuit against anyone. 5/13/22 5:53 AM

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10/22/22,***STILL OPEN*** Saturday, 7 AM - 2:30 PM. MEET at the Pavilion of the Indiana Dunes State Park. WE ARE DOING THE ALL DUNE CHALLENGE of 19.11 miles OR the PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE of 1/4 mile up to 1 mile, 2, 3,5, 7, 10...

This ALL DUNE CHALLENGE hike is ***RUGGED***. The PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE is what YOU want it to be. MUST TEXT 1-219-370-9119 for permission to enter.


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10/23/22,***STILL OPEN*** Sunday, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM. MEET atWilson Shelter of the Indiana Dunes State Park. I will be leading the Duneland Photography Club


YOU MUST REGISTER AS THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SLOTS. SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# .


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10/29/22,HIKER VETS, 11:00 AM - 2 PM, SECOND NATIONAL HIKE! TBD but possibly the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, For veterans, their families, their friends, organizations that support them, and dogs or service animals. READ THE DETAILS HERE: IndianaDunesHiking.com/Hiker-Vets. Also HikerVets.Com , HikerVets.Org , HikerVets.US WORKING ON DETAILS. I WILL SEE IF IT CAN BE DONE AND IF IT CAN IT WILL BE DONE. A TON OF THINGS HAS TO BE WORKED OUT AND COMMUNICATION AD NAUSEUM.

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11/5/22, HIKER VETS, 10:45 AM - 1 PM, VETERAN HIKE! Sunset Hill Farm County Park . For veterans, their families, their friends, organizations that support them, and dogs or service animals, and IF YOU care about your FREEDOM. SIGN UP WITH Porter County Parks and Recreation Department:

https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/2343?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE REGISTERING JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# and you can sign a paper release for the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department when you arrive but you MUST sign there very simple release form so that if you get hurt on the hike you can't file a lawsuit against anyone. 5/13/22 5:53 AM

READ THE DETAILS HERE: IndianaDunesHiking.com/Hiker-Vets. Also HikerVets.Com , HikerVets.Org , HikerVets.US




Sunset Hill Full Moon Night Hike

11/8/22, Tuesday 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM. YOU MUST SIGN UP THROUGH the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department. There are a limited number of slots.

https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/2334?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE REGISTERING JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# and you can sign a paper release for the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department when you arrive but you MUST sign there very simple release form so that if you get hurt on the hike you can't file a lawsuit against anyone. 5/13/22 5:53 AM


12/3/22, HIKER VETS, 10:45 AM - 1 PM, VETERAN HIKE! Sunset Hill Farm County Park . For veterans, their families, their friends, organizations that support them, and dogs or service animals, and IF YOU care about your FREEDOM. SIGN UP WITH Porter County Parks and Recreation Department:

https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/2344?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE REGISTERING JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# and you can sign a paper release for the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department when you arrive but you MUST sign there very simple release form so that if you get hurt on the hike you can't file a lawsuit against anyone. 5/13/22 5:53 AM

READ THE DETAILS HERE: IndianaDunesHiking.com/Hiker-Vets. Also HikerVets.Com , HikerVets.Org , HikerVets.US



12/4/22,***STILL OPEN*** Sunday, 7 AM - 2:30 PM. MEET at the Pavilion of the Indiana Dunes State Park. WE ARE DOING THE ALL DUNE CHALLENGE of 19.11 miles OR the PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE of 1/4 mile up to 1 mile, 2, 3,5, 7, 10...

This ALL DUNE CHALLENGE hike is ***RUGGED***. The PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE is what YOU want it to be. MUST TEXT 1-219-370-9119 for permission to enter.



Sunset Hill Full Moon Night Hike

12/7/22, Wednesday 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM. YOU MUST SIGN UP THROUGH the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department. There are a limited number of slots.

https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/portercountyparks/activity/search/detail/2334?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE REGISTERING JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL to IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com with the names of who is coming with cell# and you can sign a paper release for the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department when you arrive but you MUST sign there very simple release form so that if you get hurt on the hike you can't file a lawsuit against anyone. 5/13/22 5:53 AM


Please read this IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE coming on a hike:

These are custom curated hikes for specific purposes and are ***SLOW*** under 2 MPH with lots of STOPPING for talks and photos and videos. If you want to just blast down the trail and have a HARDSHIP each time we stop for the nature of nature then DO NOT COME with us! Don't put the pressure on us to hurry so you can go home and do your chores. This is NOT FAST PACED TRAINING for a 5K or ultra-marathon race. This is to see the nature of nature! IF you are looking to go fast, quickly look elsewhere because we travel at the rate of the slowest and not the speed of the fastest. Come before hike begins. We can't wait to hike!


LAST UPDATED Saturday, 5/14/22, 8:43 AM

2023 2023 2023

Two Thousand Twenty Three


HIKER VETS

Arranging hikes here in 2023:

  1. Sunset Hill Farm County Park

  2. Indiana Dunes National Park

  3. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park

  4. Pikes Peak of Pike National Forest

  5. Yellowstone National Park

  6. Grand Canyon National Park

  7. Yosemite National Park

  8. Acadia National Park

  9. Shenandoah National Park

  10. Washington, D.C.


EMAIL IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.Com for the template on how YOU TOO can conceive of, plan, and market your Veteran, First responder, Law enforcement, Teacher, or Trade union hike! In subject of email state: I NEED TEMPLATE FOR ________ (event type and city)


READ THE DETAILS HERE: IndianaDunesHiking.com/Hiker-Vets. Also HikerVets.Com , HikerVets.Org , HikerVets.US WORKING ON DETAILS. I WILL SEE IF IT CAN BE DONE AND IF IT CAN IT WILL BE.



LAST UPDATED 9/19/22

WHY DON'T I SCHEDULE HIKES FAR OUT? <- Click on

WHY DON'T I SCHEDULE HIKES FAR OUT? Because they yield all kinds of problems. I have NEVER cancelled a hike. Here are some criteria to use to plan a hike say only 1-3 days in advance. I can not do these if the proposed hikes are days or months ahead of time:

1) RAIN - some don't like it . I have full rain gear and I do love it.

2) SNOW - one can't cross-country ski, snowshoe, or sled without it and if you do on plastic or sand it isn't as good.

3) MUD - it is not fun trying to lead a group through mud when they don't have waterproof boots.

4) WIND - if people aren't dressed warm enough or don't have safety glasses to protect you with 20+ MPH winds and sand

5) TRAIL CLOSURE - the National, State, Shirley Heinze, and County parks close trails sometimes with no warning

6) EVENTS - parks will schedule events which could be done after a long term hike was permitted

7) DEER CULLS - often we don't know the dates months ahead of time

8) PRESCRIBED BURNS - parks often quickly do a prescribed burn so we don't know if they are doing one far out.

9) TRAIL MAINTENANCE - a park may close a trail to do maintenance on the trail

10) HERBICIDES/PESTICIDES - a park may do this and limit trail use or expose others to horrid glyphosate

11) PARKING LOT CLOSURES - if we can't legally park we can't hike

12) BATHROOM CLOSURES - this deters many who need them (Kemil Beach closed theirs recently (10/21) because water supply from a well dried up

13) POLLUTION - pollution has closed many beach are parking lots because of pollution from for example US STEEL.

14) ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR - short term we know precisely if one is available for some visitors

15) INSECTS - if there is a ton of insects like at Cowles Bog where I had to swipe at mosquitos over 100 times or tics or flies in the beach we can adjust the hiking trail or park location

16) LOTS OF RAIN - is good if hiking steep dunes like the Three Dune Challenge and other locations


17) FROZEN BEACH - if it is around 32F the beach surface can be very hard and hiking is easy to see the waves. When it is not frozen it requires 270% of the energy!


18) HIKING GROUP - often other hiker groups can join us spontaneously but trying to schedule far out is like herding cats because everyone is non-comm-ital


19) BOARDWALKS - can be closed down for repair or replacement as on Trail 2, the Little Calumet River Trail, and currently Trail 8 over the Great Marsh


20) BIRD MIGRATION - will lead us to certain locations to see certain species because people and apps tell us something is in the area today or tomorrow only!


21) MUSHROOMS - when they start appearing and with rarer ones we may only have a day or too


22) WILD FLOWERS - when they start appearing and with rarer ones we may only have a few days


23) PLANTS - when they start appearing with rarer ones we may only have a days to see them


24) PARK HIKES - often park hikes aren't published until close to the date to keep crowds down so a hike of mine scheduled in the future could be clobbered by theirs


25) PRIVATE HIKES - when I don't schedule far out into the future it gives me more flexibility in fitting in a quick request


Remember my goals:

1. GET people out of their toxic drywall boxes

2. TAKE them to see nature

3. TEACH them about nature

4. LOVE and nurture them so they experience and LOVE the nature of nature

5. The last is the most difficult.

Get them to want to PROTECT & PRESERVE nature.


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ALL DUNE CHALLENGE hikers on 3/26/22 on the top of Mt. Jackson, the first dune of the Three Dune Challenge. Behind us one can see the Beach House Blowout and behind that is the NIPSCO power plant in Michigan City which is scheduled to be retired and removed in several years.


The ALL DUNE CHALLENGE includes ALL the marked trails of the Indiana Dunes State Park with minimal overlap for a total of 19.11 miles. When you factor in the effects burning calories on sand (270% on flat ground and 800% on dune climbs) the REAL FEEL IS 34 miles.

WHEN you hike with this group it is like going to a buffet. Without a doubt I have NEVER, EVER, EVER HAD snacks on the trail like this. Typically it is a partially nutritious nutrition bars or a glyphosate coated piece of fruit. I was a little let down we didn't have hot tea. Lesley Fong - think about tea next time. I have a thermos. Jan Andrews , out of an abundance of caution, socially distanced herself, without prompting, after she sneezed once on the dune climb. Tony would be proud. Christa Sorensen has many duties including chief group photographer.

These snacks aren't your regular candy bars.

My first HUGE project in environmentalism:


AT THE TOP OF THE WEB PAGE THERE ARE TWO PHOTOS:

The top photo is from a hike I led with 48 Amish people. It was so much fun and they really appreciated the Indiana Dunes. The second photo that says, "sit LESS hike MORE," is a shadow photograph with me on the left, a person who has Alzheimer's and haven't been on a hike in ten years. \

Ron


10/09/2020



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OPEN 7/28/22 , Thursday, ~~~~~

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Private,8/2/22 , 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Tuesday,

Indiana Dunes National Park with Army veteran.

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PRIVATE,8/10/22 , Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Volunteer Office


SEND YOUR REQUEST -- IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.com

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OPEN,8/10/22 , Wednesday


SEND YOUR REQUEST -- IndianaDunesHiking@Gmail.com

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