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I must be nuts to celebrate National Trail Mix Day in the Indiana Dunes. The best place to travel to celebrate the day would be Bastogne, Belgium, but a trip overseas was not in the mix. Instead of going to the International Nuts capital of the world, I settled on a trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Bastogne Belgium Battle of the Bulge

The Memorial to the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium – If you understand this pun you are awesome

Enough already with the nutty puns

Enough of the nutty puns though and on with the adventure. Last week I arrived in the Indiana Dunes State Park for a day of adventure and a night of camping. In order to fuel those adventures, I needed something to snack on. I hit the local grocery store in Chesterton, Indiana for some nuts. I also ordered some beer and the check out lady looked at me like I was nuts because you cannot order beer in Indiana on a Sunday. My grocery cart included a box of ziploc bags and the ingredients to make my trail mix .

National Trail Mix Day

This aisle will be a busy place on August 31

Add a little chocolate and the Three Dune Challenge

Although I love nuts, I also love chocolate. Large peanut M&Ms are a staple for me in every bag of trail mix I take out on the trail. Many think chocolate is bad for you, and I am sure if you eat too much it is, but chocolate is also a great refueler. When I finished the Chicago Marathon, the first thing they gave me at the finish line was a chocolate shake energy drink. I routinely drink chocolate milk after long runs. The same is true if you are doing some intense hiking.

Three Dune Challenge

Three Dune Challenge in the Indiana Dunes State Park

Although I did not do a ton of hiking on this day, I did complete the Three Dune Challenge. The Three Dune Challenge is a 1.5 mile hike over the three biggest dunes in the State Park. Mt. Tom is the highest at 192 feet. That does not sound like much of a challenge, but when you hike up a 192 foot hill from sea level and the hill is actually a sand dune, it is not super easy. Hiking up a sand dune is three times as hard as hiking up a regular hill. Then you go straight back down and straight back up two more times. I was glad to have a nutty delicious mix to snack on in the car after I finished.

Trail mix

My delicious concoction for National Trail Mix Day

The rest of my recipe in honor of National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day is on August 31st. I am writing this post and sharing my recipe in conjunction with  Here is the rest of my recipe. Along with the peanut M&Ms, I also bought two nut mixtures to go along with the chocolate.


About ready to mix my nuts on an Indiana Dunes State Park picnic table





Brazil Nuts (in honor of the Olympics)


In honor of National Trail Mix Day, feel free to share your recipe in the comment section below, or feel free to share your recipe on your own blog or social media.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Not a bad spot to celebrate National Trail Mix Day

This post is not sponsored. I was contacted by to see if I wanted to be part of the festivities surrounding National Trail Mix Day. I did this freely in order to share my recipe. Call me crazy or just call me nuts.

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