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Michael Nichols
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Michael Nichols, Guest Blogger

Michael Nichols is a native of Northwest Indiana. He moved away to complete a PhD in Comparative Religion and returned to the region in 2011. He enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with his wife and two children, and writing about his experiences.

A Day with the Kids at Deep River Waterpark

As the last days of August slip away, my family and I were lucky enough to get in one last summer splash - literally - at Deep River Waterpark, on Route 30 in Crown Point. While our sons had been to the park before with friends, this was the first trip for my wife and I to this, or any, water park. We had a great time, but definitely have suggestions on how to make the next trip, whether it’s ours or yours, even better…

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Pinhook Bog - Where the Ground Trembles Beneath Your Feet

If you’re interested in seeing one of Indiana’s most unique natural areas - over 14,000 years in the making - then Pinhook Bog near Michigan City is the place for you. For those unfamiliar with the term, a Bog is a unique ecosystem that forms when a wetland only takes in water from rain or snow. Pinhook Bog is even more distinctive for being a “Quaking Bog,” where moss has grown into a semi-solid mat floating above the water. Bogs tend to be very fragile ecosystems and Pinhook Bog is no exception: usually a gate closes off the trail leading over the Quaking Bog to protect the landscape…

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