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LIS-First Solo!
by Frenchy19

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/25/2013
Entry Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)
Exit Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
This was my first solo experience, and also my first trip report. I've been to the BW dozens of times, but never thought any worthy of public consumption. That said, after reading this, I am pretty sure it's not worthy of public consumption either, and after the time it took to type this thing, I can tell you I'll never do it again!
Day 1 of 8
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Uneventful drive to Ely from my house in Apple Valley; about 265 miles and I made it in about 4.5 hours.

Checked into the Adventure Inn, turned on the air and started packing for tomorrow. Had a late lunch-steak sandwich and fries-and a couple of brews at the Boathouse. Nothing special, but, then again, nothing to complain about, either.

Stopped into The Great Outdoors and finally met Jim; great guy who was easy to talk and listen to! I bought a Leech King storage container and a half-pound of leeches, very much looking forward to fishing.

Next stop was Piragis to get my permit. Looked at a Wenonah Wilderness while there, and that boat has me interested. I need to see how the Magic feels after this trip; it was literally a pain in the ass, well hips, I guess, on my trip last week with Dave and Paul, so I am hoping the new seat I installed will be more comfortable.

I realized I forgot toothpaste, so that was the next purchase, and then I found a new coffee filter that I bought to replace the Snow Peak Titanium French Press that was an absolute bust on my trip last week. The new filter is a GSI Ultralight Drip Coffee Maker...we'll see how it performs.

At 9:52 I finally went to bed, tired and nervous, unsure what the next few days would bring.