Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lake Bemidji State Park: Bog Walk

I've had a rough week at work. I worked 8 straight days without a break and things have been a bit stressful lately. I felt like I just needed to get out of town for a day. Noelle agreed a trip to Bemidji might do us some good. We packed up the car and hit the road headed southwest through a good portion of  Koochiching County, through a small part of Itasca County and into Beltrami County. We stopped at Lake Bemidji State Park where we ate lunch in the picnic area overlooking the lake and swimming area.
eating lunch and looking at the lake
milkweed
Sierra on beach
After lunch we checked out the small visitor center and then headed out to start our hike.

The hike began on an old logging road.
on the Bog Trail
It was wide and smooth and easy to hike. We saw a chipmunk that showed no fear of us
chipmunk
and continued our hike passing several different types of wildflowers in bloom.
purple flowers
more flowers
st johnwort
 curving trail
mint flowers
Soon enough we came to the start of the bog walk trail which was mostly boardwalk.
Mommy and Sierra
The bog walk was very impressive. There were lots of pitcher plants
pitcher plants
and many of them had flowers.
pitcher plant flower
There were other flowers in bloom
maroon flower
including orchids.
orchid
I thought the sundew were the most impressive of the plants we saw.
sundew
They were much smaller than I had imagined.

The trail made its way through some tamaracks
tamarack
and ended at an overlook of a bog fringed lake.
bog lake
We retraced our steps back to the car
still on the trail
and headed into Bemidji. We played at the playground near Paul Bunyan and Babe
Paul and Babe
and then walked downtown a bit, heading to the Bemidji Brewing Company.
Bemidji Brewing
I wasn't expecting much, but the beers were really good. I thoroughly enjoyed my Summer IPA and Noelle enjoyed her porter. After about an hour in the brewery we got dinner and then ended our day with ice cream at the really excellent ice cream parlor, Big River Scoop near Paul and Babe. On the way home, Sierra sat in the back seat and chanted "Take me to Bemidji!" I never thought I would see this day.

1 comment:

luksky said...

Nothing beats a stressful week like time outdoors with the family.