Wednesday, July 29, 2015 I decided to take two days to drive and arrived in Ely on July 28th. I did the tourist thing in Ely including visiting a couple of the museums. I got that out of my system, and then met with Lynn at Voyageur North to finish up the business side of the trip. Found out that Lynn had traveled the same route and suggested a couple camp sites. My entry point was #14, Little Indian Sioux River (north). When I arrived there the morning of the 29th, I noticed another group getting ready to head to the water. I rushed to get my things together and did a single portage to the water. In the process I dropped my map and one of my bags. I realized I was starting off wrong. The other group was helpful and picked up my things. Finally loaded my canoe and took a deep breath ready to get started. The water was just as I hoped. It started off as a clear day with little wind. Unfortunately that didn’t last long. When I made it to the Upper Pauness Lake, the wind had picked up. It was about lunchtime, I found a small camp site and stopped to eat and see if the wind would die down. It didn’t, that’s when I remembered that my main reason for this trip was serenity and to spend some alone time. I wasn’t in a hurry to go anywhere so I set up camp. I was in camp site #39. A small site, but for one tent it was fine.
I spent the balance of my first day watching the water, waving to a couple canoe groups passing by and cooked myself a steak dinner.
~Upper Pauness Lake