While we were up at the cabin in Minnesota recently, we decided to revisit a place we’d been to once before. It’s the Big Bog State Recreation Area, with its headquarters near Upper Red Lake. It’s been five years since we were there and we have very fond memories of our previous visit. Seven miles north of the main office, a mile-long boardwalk that extends into the heart of the bog was completed in 1995, and we were eager to experience it again—this time with Squiddy along, but alas, without our faithful companion Limo, who left us two years ago. It was not as hot as it had been the last time and there were clouds in the sky, but it was still pretty warm—and with my less-than-ideal knees, the two-plus- mile round trip was a bit of a slog, but we had plenty of time and it was very
worth our while. We had water, CD an umbrella, and Squiddy and I sun hats—essential, as there is very little opportunity for any shade once on the boardwalk. The bog itself covers 9,459 acres (500 square miles) and is the largest peat bog not only in the state but in the contiguous United States. This treasure has long been a source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe people and contains orchids, several varieties of carnivorous plants, and rare birds. Even moose are occasionally seen. The boardwalk permits close-up views of pitcher plants and tiny sundew (much smaller than I had expected), but a few contortions are necessary to get good photos of them, as it is strictly forbidden to leave the boardwalk. I published a post from our previous experience, which you can see here, if you wish. Please click on an individual photo for a higher-resolution image.