13-Jun-2014 -- We were going to Chiang Mai for a short holiday to celebrate my wife Ah Feng's birthday, so naturally I consulted Google Earth beforehand to see if there were any nearby confluences. The closest one just happened to be the final point Rainer had visited the year before on his epic four-month confluence journey commencing in Tasmania.
This point didn't look too difficult, so I decided I'd give it a try, together with my three-year-old son Andy. This would be his first confluence visit.
According to Rainer's report, the final 17 metres were a minefield of thorns, so on the morning of the visit, we donned our long pants and protective footwear, then set off by taxi for the confluence. Having done a bit of preliminary research on Google Earth, I was able to confidently guide our driver to a nearby track, and have him stop 160 metres southwest of the point. Google Earth suggested that there might be a path leading off towards the confluence from here, and this is indeed what we found.
As we set off down the path, we could see the roofs of a couple of farmhouses to the northeast of the confluence point. There was a cow beside the path, who looked us over quizzically as we passed by. Apart from this, we didn't encounter any other significant animal life.
As we got nearer the point, the grass became taller and taller, and Andy began to wonder what he'd let himself in for! We tried circumnavigating the point to see if there was an easier approach from the northeast, but all we succeeded in doing was traipsing through yet more long grass, which was wet from overnight rain. Soon our pants, shoes, and socks were soaking wet. Thankfully though, we didn't encounter any of Rainer's thorns. Perhaps this wasn't thorn season?
We acquired all the zeroes with ease, and took photos of the views to the north, south, east and west. In the foreground of the shot to the west, you can see some touch-me-nots (Mimosa pudica). Andy enjoyed touching these, and watching their leaves fold up.
We concluded our visit with a selfie.