18-May-2001 -- On the morning of 5-18-01 Dan Russell and I, Travis Norsworthy, set off to reach another confluence in northern Maine. From the confluence St. John is located approximately 12.6 miles, 22 degrees. We, however, entered the north Maine woods via the Fish River gate in Portage Maine. The weather was beautiful today and we saw lots of wildlife along the 45 or so miles of dirt logging road that we traveled. Among some of the animals that we observed were Moose, Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, Timberdoodle, and a Hawk.
As we approached the point where we would start our walk we encountered a washed out bridge. This created a delay of about 45 minutes. The logging company has added new roads, some of which connected to the old roads. This condition makes for difficult navigation. You could not ask for better walking. The confluence was located on the side of a ridge approximately one half of a mile from the truck. It was relatively open and predominately 2nd growth hardwood. A walk like this is rare, especially in the Maine woods. During the drive in and out of the woods we only met two vehicles, none of which were owned by logging companies. This is another rare event in the North Maine Woods, especially for such a beautiful day. We had a great time trekking in the woods today and we look forward to the next confluence!
Along with the confluence pictures is a picture of the access road on the way in.