Native Americans used the area for years, the Potawatomi and Miami tribes being chief among them. The Dunes were along trade routes Native Americans from the Mississippi River used to trade goods with other tribes along the Great Lakes.
Ken and I didn't take a long walk or go hiking, because we hadn't planned for it, but we agreed that we need to get up there more often. It's extremely important that people stay off the dunes (although I think there are some at Indiana Dunes that you can still climb) in order to protect them from erosion, so at Weko Beach, they've built an elaborate system of walkways so you can walk through and see the vegetation, but not disturb the sand. (There are signs everywhere, but we still saw a spot where someone had gotten off the walkway and played in the sand. What is wrong with people?!)
We noticed several walkways like this, and they had benches every so often so people could stop and rest. There was one little "dead end" turnout, up a few steps, and a girl with long brown hair was sitting up there reading. Ken said, "Look, it's Beth!" I could certainly see myself doing that! Surrounded by trees, looking out at the lake, enjoying the quiet...yeah, that could be me!
It WAS very quiet, too. There really weren't many people out there, which was surprising, because it was a beautiful day. I don't know if people are just doing other things as the summer winds down, or if it's a little-known beach.