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    A couple of the members here will be visiting Cranberry Bog at Buckeye Lake Ohio today. What is interesting about this bog is that its the only floating bog in the world. More or less, its a floating island and is only 12 acres. It is also likely that this bog will be gone in the next 20-30 years as parts of it break off every year. I hope to get many photos to share with everyone.

    Some info on this bog.

    The island dates from 1830 when Buckeye Lake was created as a feeder reservoir for the Ohio & Erie Canal. A 50-acre portion of the lake's bed, once a thriving sphagnum bog, broke loose and rose with the waters. Cranberry Bog is what remains of that portion after 174 years. Rare orchids and an abundance of cranberry and pitcher plants grow wild on the island, as well as tawny cottongrass, scheuchzeria, mud sedge and round-leafed sundew. The island's grass-pink and rose pogonia orchids are traditionally at their peak in mid-June.

    http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/dnap/location/cranberry.html



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    What a great opportunity. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I hope you all have a good time. I know you'll bring back terrific photos. Can't wait to see them. Also hope Ozzy got to go.
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    To show how rare of an opportunity this is, it is open only once a year and you have to enter a lottery to be allowed on the island. Only 480 people are allowed on. Yes I did enter the lottery. I entered once for me and once for Nick. Neither of us was chosen. But Nick was chosen as a back up when somebody canceled. So Nick can take up to 3 people. But he's taking Technoracer and Death66 instead of me. Even though I entered for him. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]What is interesting about this bog is that its the only floating bog in the world.
    I am curious how you came to this conclusion? I used to live in northern Minnesota where around many old lakes (geologicaly speacking) these large thick floating mats of sphagnum, populated with pretty much the same vegitation develope. It is a very cool oppurtunity to go on the island though. I can remeber when I lived in Columbus how much I wanted to do that. But many trips through the BWCA have made it up for not being able to visit the island.

    Enjoy the trip.

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    sounds cool! Wish I could go, but I live in Florida, Hope you guys have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jhupp @ June 26 2004,9:19)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]What is interesting about this bog is that its the only floating bog in the world.
    I am curious how you came to this conclusion? I used to live in northern Minnesota where around many old lakes (geologicaly speacking) these large thick floating mats of sphagnum, populated with pretty much the same vegitation develope. It is a very cool oppurtunity to go on the island though. I can remeber when I lived in Columbus how much I wanted to do that. But many trips through the BWCA have made it up for not being able to visit the island.

    Enjoy the trip.
    the thing is, this bog is floating in the middle of a lake!

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    I'm on vacation in alabama/tennessee, it is a very cute puppy, i hope it helps her with the loss of jonah
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