02-Feb-2001 -- We chose our first confluence attempt based on its relative proximity to our
hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. We left our husbands behind at work on a clear but
cold Groundhog Day to pursue the confluence located at 38N 85W. We prepared in
advance by researching several sources, and we were pleased to find that, according
to our maps, this particular confluence appeared to be located approximately 400
meters from a road. Little did we know that this road did not even exist! In fact, the
closest thing to civilization that we found was a "town" named Anderson
City (see photo #5).
"Oh, the walk can't be all that difficult," we said knowingly to each other.
We debated taking the truck across some private property, but then remembered that the
proper technique for locating the confluence would include a leisurely stoll along the
riverbank. The cornfield turned into a densely overgrown forest which sloped precariously
towards the edge of Salt River. The course of the river remained unknown to us, despite
the maps, and we could not determine on which side of the river the confluence would be
found. Valerie's intuition told us to stay on the south side of the river, and so we did. At a
temperture of 23 degrees Farenheit, rough terrain with barbed wire obstacles, and dusk
rapidly approaching, we wondered if we should continue.
We decided, "What the heck, we've gone this far," and so onwards we
trekked. After multiple consulations with our GPS device, we finally found the confluence
in the middle of another empty cornfield. We were grateful that we hadn't attempted this
confluence in the summertime, as the farmer probably would not have been pleased to
see two city girls traipsing through his crop.
We hurriedly took some pictures and rushed the 1.5 miles back to the truck, being
careful to avoid injuries and falls into the chilly river water. After we successfully outran
the setting sun, we phoned our respective husbands to report our success. They both
asked the same question: "A confluence? A confluence of what?"