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Snowbank to Thomas 2020
by 30Smoke

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/15/2020
Entry Point: Snowbank Lake (EP 27)
Exit Point: Lake One (EP 30)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This trip was uncertain due to COVID and the Lockdowns that occurred in March. It was also a trip of firsts and lasts: The last trip we took the We-no-nah MNII as we switched to the Solo canoes in 2021. The first trip we brought separate tents! Things worked out and I met my cousin in Ely to start the trip.
Day 1 of 8
Monday, June 15, 2020 – I left home before 10am, planning to get to Piragis and pick up my permit and some Canoe pants. Peter could not get here until the 16th, so the plan was to get up here, have a good night sleep, and be ready for the trip the next day. Made it to Ely about 5pm, took care of business and headed to Fall Lake Campground for the night. There were two open sites, so I grabbed the one by the lakeshore. After setting up the Eureka Timberline 4, I decided to check out the Lake One entry as I had never been there before, even though I had gone through Snowbank for trips in the past. After checking everything out, I decided to do a return trip to Ely for a Burger and HF Sundae. As I settled into my sleeping bag at Fall Lake, I was grateful for a good first day.