Monday is my drive up day. I get up early and got over my gear one last time to ensure every last piece was present. I toss everything into the packs and bagged up clothes for the overnight, entry and exit.
I get on the road later than planned but with sufficient time to reach the Kawishiwi Ranger Station to pick up my permit after I arrive in Ely. The drive up from the cities is uneventful and I have my permit in hand by 4:00 PM, pleased that I had not been required to sit through the "bear movie".
I check in at VNO and do a little shopping at Priagis. I have dinner at the Ely Steak House and then head back to VNO to line my packs and properly load my gear for the next day's entry. I turn in around 9:00 planning an early departure in the morning.