Cloud Drama

Sometimes the clouds were just so phenomenal it was necessary to find some reason to stop. Interstate rest stops are perfect for such desire.

Indiana Dunes National Park

‎⁨Indiana Dunes National Park⁩

‎⁨Indiana Dunes National Park⁩

Gary⁩, ⁨Indiana⁩, ⁨United States⁩

I was surprised to find Indiana had a National Park and even more amazed sand dunes were a prominent feature.

No, It's Not

Hyperboloid Cooling Tower

Hyperboloid Cooling Tower

‎⁨Michigan City⁩, ⁨Indiana⁩, ⁨United States⁩

What you think it is.

My cerebral matter was scrambled for hours after I drove past this structure not that far from Indiana Dunes National Park. I kept thinking there was no way there was a nuclear power plant RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CITY but the shape and emissions stoked my imagination until I was able to do a bit of research.

This is Michigan City’s NIPSCO gas-and coal-fired power plant – “a landmark of its own since its huge hyperboloid cooling tower makes it look like a nuclear power plant straight out of “The Simpsons.” It is actually scheduled to be decommissioned by 2028.

Perhaps not so ironically, there actually were plans to erect a nuclear power plant in the area but common sense (and a significant amount of public outrage) ensued so the project was canceled back in 1981.

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