Destination Finger Lake
With our gear ready to go, we packed up the car and busted out of Minneapolis at 3:00 PM to beat the traffic. Soon we were heading north making our escape to Ely, leaving the Twin Cities far behind. Our destination was Voyager North Outfitters to bunk for the night and make our final preparation to get on the Little Indian, Sioux River early the next day. We arrived at Voyager North, took care of all the paper work and decided to get some needed advice on how to catch one or two of our dinners. Given that my experience with fishing is limited to sunnies on a Micky Mouse fishing pole, I knew we needed all the help we could get. John, from the Outfitters, gave us solid advice on where the fish hang out and how we could use leeches to hook our dinner. I did mention that if need be we could always eat the leaches if we did not catch anything.
For this years experiment we decided to take along two small packs to hold items we needed during the day like a first aid kit, rain gear and lunches. This also helped distribute the weight between everyone, a nice feature which hopefully allowed our group to complete the portages comfortably in one trip.
That night we pack-up our gear, tested the weight, and set the alarm for 5:30 AM. Then each of us drifted off to sleep with visions of loons dancing in our heads.