Today was a day to get out of town and explore a bit. We opted to head back to Bemidji and check out the Big Bog State Recreation Area on the way. We headed southwest through the small towns of Koochiching County and into Kelliher, Paul Bunyan's final resting place, to Waskish and the Big Bog State Recreation Area. This relatively new recreation area was created in response to the crash of the Red Lake walleye population. It was seen as a way to bring tourists into the area.
We arrived at the parking area in the north unit of the recreation area and, after a quick restroom stop, we hit the trail.
We headed deeper and deeper into the interior of the otherworldly bog.
As we approached the end of the boardwalk,
After a few minutes at the end point we turned around to begin our return to the car. Sierra was getting a bit tired after her mile hike and so she got into the backpack. We made pretty quick time on the return until we had an encounter with a dragonfly. This particular dragonfly landed on me first, but as I reached for the camera to photograph it, it flew away. I did notice, however, that it had something hanging out of its mouth. Soon our dragonfly friend landed on Noelle
Soon after it had flown, we found another dragonfly perched on the boardwalk.