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Monday, June 9, 2014[paragraph break] We left for Ely at about 2 pm from Hutchinson and got checked in at Voyageur North Outfitter around 8 pm. Lynn got us set up in the bunkhouse and then we unloaded our gear from the truck so we could do a little packing before heading out in the morning. We still had a little time left and Dalen had been looking forward to supper so we headed down to the Ely Steakhouse for a steak and a cold drink. We made it back to the bunkhouse for a hot shower and some last minute packing and a little sleep before heading out in the morning.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014[paragraph break] We slept in a little, but when we woke we were greeted with sunny skies and no wind, this was going to be a great day! We made biscuits in the reflector oven and covered them with white gravy and pork sausage, one of our favorites. We took the short portage near camp into a small bay in the North Arm. We caught several bass, sunfish and a few pike. As we made our way out to the main body of the North Arm we were surprised to see that most of the campsites in the North Arm were occupied as we traveled SW toward Thunder Point. The lake was a sheet of glass and with full sun it was quite hot which created a real humid feel, the feel of approaching rain. We trolled for lake trout on the way to Thunder Point catching a few along the way. We reached Thunder Point and made a quick lunch before hiking the trail to the overlook. We've paddled past Thunder Point several times but never took the time to hike to the top. After reading all the posts here from others who said it's worth it we took the hike and were very glad we did. We ran into ChicagoMike, a fellow BWCA.com member and chatted for a few minutes. [paragraph break] On the way back to camp from Thunder Point we paddled by a group that had just run a bear out of their campsite. We couldn't see the bear but a guy on shore said they had taken all of the precautions but the bear had ripped a tent apart and gotten some food. We got back to camp and made tacos for supper before cleaning up and heading back out to fish some more. Dalen insisted we fish by his rock but tonight it didn't produce as well as last night. The night ended with skies clouding up to the west. To this point the bugs have not given us any problems at all, maybe the permetherin, maybe they're not that bad yet? Either way not having to deal with them makes for happy campers.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014[paragraph break] Woke up to rain on the tent again this morning. Our original plan was to be picked up at the Splash Lake portage on Sunday but when we checked the weather the forecast called for thunderstorms and 20-25 mph NW winds on Sunday. It was not an easy decision but we decided instead of sitting in less than favorable weather today and paddle in a thunderstorm tomorrow we would leave for home today. The one thing that made the decision a little easier was the fact the wind was blowing 10-15 mph out of the east which would be at our backs while we paddled out. While crossing the portage to Ensign we were able to get a hold of our tow and arranged to meet at Splash at 1:30. We made it back to town and got cleaned up at VNO before making one last stop at the Ely Steakhouse before the 6 hour drive home.[paragraph break]
[paragraph break] All in all we had a pretty good trip. The bugs were there but not much to worry about, permetherin sure has worked great for us. The fishing on Knife was very good, we caught plenty of lakers and a pile of smallies. The investment into some fast drying clothes and water shoes was a good one. I've converted to a wet foot paddler and wish I would have done it a long time ago, our canoe will last a lot longer because of it. In all of my trips I've never seen the weather change so fast. One day would be dead calm, sunny and 80, the next it would be wind and rain. On a final note Steph and I could not be more proud of the boys, they soak in the BW experience like sponges and have talked about it non stop since returning. We sure hope they continue to have the desire to keep going back, maybe they can carry our gear some day!