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June 15, 2011 Solo Trip
by buffalodick

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/15/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
I have taken many canoe trips in the BWCA over the years with groups ranging from 2 to 5 people. About 10 years ago I built a Merlin 38 Special wood strip canoe designed by Bruce Kunz with the intention a maybe doing a solo at some point. I had used this canoe for a couple of short trips with others in past years. I finally attempted my first solo trip in August of 2010 but I cut it short because I had left one of my connecting maps back in the truck. I had been looking over the map the night before I was to enter and had neglected to put it back into my pack. In early 2011 I decided to attempt this same route again with a couple of changes in itinerary so I reserved a permit to enter on June 15, 2011 at entry point 25 Moose Lake.
Day 1 of 6
DAY 1 June 14, 2011, Tuesday

I depart Buffalo by truck and arrive in Ely about 3:30 PM and go directly to the Kawishiwi Ranger Station and pick up my permit. I then go to VNorth Outfitters where I had reserved a spot in the Upper Loft bunkhouse and checked in. From there I decided to go to the International Bear Center and spent some time there. Then I decided to go to the Ely Steakhouse for a steak dinner before turning in early at VNorth so I could get some needed rest for an early start the next day.