This week, the Outdoor Adventures column brings you ways to thoughtfully and tastefully (sip, munch) tour local trails and waters. Let’s go. Burp.

Tippecanoe and Bicycles Too

This bike ride on the Panhandle Pathway out of Winamac (plus roads for longer distances) is coming Aug. 6, but preregistration ends July 30. Ride options of 12, 28, 44 or 62 miles or 40- or 100-mile loops that include Tippecanoe State Park are available.

On-site registration is from 6:30 to 9 a.m., but the mass start is at 7 a.m. at the Winamac Train Depot at Logan and Main streets. A pulled pork sandwich meal will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 until July 30, then $30 afterwards. Register at

Calumet hike, chat and brew

Join a relatively easy hike alongside Ava Tomasula y Garcia on July 30 through the Grand Calumet River Conservation Area, beginning at the Seidner Dune & Swale Nature Preserve, 5501-5599 Kennedy Ave., in Hammond, Ind.

In this free program from Indiana Humanities, Tomasula y Garcia will lead reflections on nature. She grew up in northwest Indiana and has worked in immigration, labor and environmental human rights and is now studying anthropology for a doctorate degree at Columbia University in New York.

The hike will finish with a campfire meal and beer from Upland Brewing Co. The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon CDT and be repeated in Spanish at 1 p.m. CDT. Find details and register via acalumet-river-conservation-area-hammond/” data-ylk=”slk:link in this column online” class=”link “> link in this column online.

Calumet Trail disruption

In case you use the gravel Calumet Trail along the Indiana Dunes, know that a tiny part of it will close from July 25 until about Aug. 22: specifically, the part that immediately leads in and out of the Dune Park railroad station for the South Shore Line. The closure is for work on the railroad’s double track project (check it’s progress at

Sunset paddle in LaPorte

The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association will host a sunset paddle from 5 to 8 p.m. CDT July 30 on Stone Lake in LaPorte, dovetailing with the city’s LakeFest.

Bring your own boat or borrow one from NWIPA. It’s best to register soon because space and boats are limited; find a link in this column online.

Find columnist Joseph Dits on Facebook at SBTOutdoorAdventures or 574-235-6158 or [email protected].

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