Big Bog State Recreation Area
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I got to Big Bog Recreation Area around 6:30. I took the 2-mile round-trip bog walk along a raised, metal boardwalk. It was very nice with several educational signs along the trail. I saw all sorts of neat bog plants, including the meat eating pitcher plants. Yup, you heard that right. The pitcher plants hold rainwater, like a pitcher, and trap insects when they stop in for a visit. They are attracted by the colorful plant and become trapped inside by a slippery slope and downward pointing bristles. The bugs drown and become digested by bacteria in the plant. Cool!
Bogs are sensitive areas that take thousands of years to form and only one footstep off the trail to destroy.
I was hoping to see a moose, but I did not. After the bog walk, I stopped by the picnic area to view the sunset and search for the geocache. It was dark on the trail and extremely buggy.
I decided to camp in the campground across the street, still part of the park. It was right on the highway, but the traffic was pretty quiet during the night. Once again, I set up my tent in the dark. I didn’t feel like trying to start a fire, so instead I took a nice, warm shower. I had talked to the neighbors earlier and was invited to share their campfire so I did. It can get lonely by your self at a campfire. They even offered to share their supper with me, but I had eaten earlier. We talked late into the night. It was a family with a teenage daughter. They were very friendly and we shared stories of camping and traveling in Minnesota.
In the morning, I woke up to the sound of boat motors. There is a river that runs behind the campsites and you can park your boat at your site and then follow the river into Red Lake. So a few early fishing families started up their motor about 6:30 am. I dozed awhile longer then got up and packed up. I found the geocache in the morning while the mosquitoes were still sleeping ;)