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First Solo
by Merganser

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/11/2009
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
This was my first trip of the season (an earlier trip had been canceled) and my first ever solo trip.
Day 1 of 6
Monday, August 10, 2009

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.