02-Jun-2008 -- On previous reports, I could see that hunting this confluence is not easy, as it’s located inside a private property. As I like challenges in my live, I decided to do it, even if I went to jail or got shot by the owner.
The trip started in Baytown, 27 km far from the point. I took 146 N Road up to Dayton, then took right on Cleveland Avenue, then left again on Clayton Road. I was always being guided by my small Garmin e-trex legend GPS, and also by my notebook with Google Earth turned on the area map on the passenger seat. It didn’t work well, as the notebook battery power went down as soon as I entered the dirt roads in the way to the point.
Anyhow, I had the track on my mind and I easily found the farm. I ignored the first “No Trespassing” sign at the farm’s main gate, as it was opened. Just 342m far from the point, I couldn’t go further as there were two barbed wire fences and the famous “NO TRESPASSING” sign that made the previous visits unsuccessful.
In Brazil, where I come from, there is a popular sports advertisement that says “I am Brazilian, so I never quit!”. I remembered that and decided to reach the point anyway.
I crossed both fences, got some bleeding cut in my arm, and walked to the point, always guided by my GPS. I took GPS pictures when I was 100m and 50m far from the point, just in case I need to go back if someone saw me inside the property. But I arrived the point safely and without being seen. It’s a cattle farm, full of big horn bulls that fortunately ignored me.
I took the formal pictures for the DCP, and went back in a hurry. The GPS picture didn’t get so good, but fortunately my picture at the point could show the GPS display in a good definition.
It´s my first confluence outside my country, and I hope to hunt more!!!
Coordinator's Note: Visitors are responsible for their visits. This includes observing all local rules and regulations. For visits on private property the land owner should always be contacted before a visit.