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Four Solos 2008
by Bannock

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 10/03/2008
Entry & Exit Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
Group: Steve (Bogwalker), Kevin, Jim (Jim/WI), Ken (Bannock). Larry (nibi mocs) was not able to go this year, so we got Kevin as a back up. He was on a solo of his own before we got there, so wed meet him there. Heres a link to the trip photos Solos - 2008
Part 1 of 6
Thursday, October 2, 2008

Jim and I both took the day off work to travel up to Ely. The drive up went without incident. It was a nice pleasant drive that took about 7 hours; from 9 am – 4 pm.

Our first stop was at Voyageur North Outfitters to check-in; both for our bunkhouse and with Lynn O’Kane. Lynn told us that Kevin got called home for an emergency. The Four Solos trip this year would be only three. One of the nice things about traveling as four solos is the flexibility when something like this happens. We’d make minor adjustments with the food and be fine.

Lynn gave us the "Lower Loft" to ourselves. Cool. She also gave us directions to Wilderness Mama and Papa’s new home. So, we dropped some stuff off at the loft and headed to their new home for an inspection.

The pre-fab house has just recently been delivered and dropped on the full basement. What a nice place! The house made the trip there without even a crack in the plaster. Wilderness Mama and Papa gave us the grand tour of not only the house but the entire property as well. 

Nice spread and a place to be proud of. It is situated in a woodsy, though not totally isolated area. It is close to a major road, but you have to drive a short distance on gravel. It’s close to town, but not too close. It really is ideal.

Jim and I had to meet up with Bogwalker at Vertins for supper. Wilderness Mama and Papa joined us.

After we made our goodbyes the three of us headed back to the bunkhouse. We had a few beers and watched some of the World Series and then to bed.