So this weekend was a huge success! Twenty-Three people came out to see about 10,000 Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski fish and wildlife area. Sandhill Cranes are migoratory birds that fly through Indiana all the way to Georgia and Florida in a group of 10,000 during the fall. This migration has been taking place for 20-30 million years. We started at the main observation deck at about 4:00, which was pretty amazing to watch. Birds were coming in at all angles and tons of people were there to see the migration. An hour before sunset we left the main observation deck and went to observation area by the marshes. As the sun set, the birds began flying in. There were very few people there and the cranes flew close by to land in the marshes and rest for the night. The noise was incredible and it was great to just lie down and watch the birds fly over.
After the bird watching, a group of seven of us (plus a really cute corgi) rented a cabin at Tippecanoe River State Park (only $35 per night for a 4 bed cabin plus loft) to spend the night. The weather was perfect and we huddled up in the cabin while Frank made the group pancakes. The next morning, we had another round of pancakes, some really strong coffee and went for a hike up the fire tower. We also took a 2.5 mile loop hike in the park and then left for the journey home. On the way, our car stopped at a really hip Mexican Restaurant in Laporte before making our way back to South Bend.