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Disappointment Lake Basecamp
by ron1

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/16/2012
Entry & Exit Point: Snowbank Lake (EP 27)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This was our third trip as "adults", although we had both been here once 25 years ago in our early twenties. As has become our custom we have planned a half day travel in to a basecamp, and plan to spend our days fishing instead of travelling. (I am writing this report, as with my other 2, in the winter/spring before my next trip. I find that the excitement of an upcoming trip is what it takes to motivate me to make a written record of the past trip. Writing it shortly after the trip, not knowing when or even if I might be able to return is something I find too depressing. But we already have our permit for 2014, planning to go in mid-june and basecamp on Wind lake this time. Hopefully in a year or so I'll be able to write that report, while looking forward to another upcoming trip! :-) )
Day 1 of 6
Saturday, June 16, 2012

We arrived in Ely, along with a steady supply of rain. Driving in on 169 to Ely from the west was through a nearly continuous heavy rain. Even putting in the Johnny Cash compilation CD didn't seem to lift the mood much. I thought that once we were that close to Ely the miles would fly by, but that stretch of road seemed to go on forever, like there was no end to it. Finally we arrive, get checked into our room at CCO, and they confirm that the weather report for the week has lots of rain in it. The good news is that the prediction for tomorrow, our traveling and camp set-up day, is supposed to be partly sunny. As has become our custom we have a pizza dinner at Sir G's, but they bring us pizza soup instead of a pizza you can hold with your hands. We literally resort to eating it with a knife and fork. Very disappointing. Over dinner we discuss our plan, which is to cross Snowbank early before the winds pick up, and reach the portage to Disappointment which we plan to basecamp on. We are a little concerned about finding a good site; since the lake is so close to a popular entry point we are afraid that all the good sites will be taken.