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The beach, and do they make cooling sand shoes?

June 7th, 2011 - By Stephanie Precourt

It was in the 90’s today and we hit the Indiana Dunes State Park. I was tempted to buy a pass but like every year, I passed on the pass. We don’t like to commit to just one beach, and are fans of a couple of the freebie ones. Only thing is that the State Park does have nice accommodations compared to our other options, and it also has lifeguards- big bonus.


But, I am always satisfied with my decision to not buy the annual pass (just $35 for the summer instead of $5 each visit) when we are leaving. And walking across that hellahot killer sand. Seriously- it scorches our feet. We try to run it in our flip flops but they just flip flop right off. So I quickly throw down a towel and we stand on it until we are brave enough to see how far we can get the next dash. Not to mention that I am carrying all coolers, towels, sand toys, etc as well as Ivy on my back in the mei tai.

Surely there has to be an easier way to go about this. Should we bring our socks and gym shoes? Do they make special cooling sand shoes for walking in the desert? How do people do it? Do they just not walk on hot sand? Why has there not been a ski lift type thingy invented for such occasions? Or at least a trail of water we could walk in directly to the parking lot?

We had a fun time- totally. I love the beach. But until I figure out the sand thing I do not plan to do that enough to justify that summer pass.

Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

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