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United States : Michigan

3.4 miles (5.5 km) WSW of Capac (St. Clair), Lapeer, MI, USA
Approx. altitude: 246 m (807 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 97°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The view to the East. #3: Bulrushes to the South. #4: Looking West. #5: The proof! #6: We walked about 550 m along this cleared pathway. #7: The confluence is about 17 m north through these trees. #8: This slimy green "creek" had to be crossed to reach our goal. #9: Wild flowers seen along the way. #10: A frog along the pathway.

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  43°N 83°W (visit #3)  

#1: Looking North.

(visited by Alan Fox, Carolyn Fox and Max)

18-Aug-2004 -- We took a road trip from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to visit our daughters - one in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. and one in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is one of fourteen successful confluence visits along the way.

This confluence is just north of Interstate 69 on Graham Road. The land is well posted with "No Trespassing" signs. Signs are posted at every entrance to property along Graham Road. We drove into the closest business, "I.D.F. Clean Up", where we thought we could obtain access to the confluence area. There was a windowless office building with unlocked door, but no one inside. There were several vehicles and some heavy equipment parked on the lot but not one person in sight. We drove up the road to Scott's Hyponex (they make Scott's Miracle Gro topsoil and Scott's enriched lawn soil). They had no idea how to get permission so we went back to I.D.F., arriving there just as a big truck was about to leave. The driver, the only person we saw during our one hour there, gave us permission to walk on the property.

An open mowed area led east for 550 meters to W83° but N43° was in a field on the other side of the trees. The trees and bushes protected a slimy green creek. Luckily we found a large fallen tree to use as a bridge and big broken branches to use as balance poles to cross to the other side. The field on the other side consisted of tall grasses and bulrushes and was very wet and spongy. In the south view you will see the confluence bulrushes. We were close enough to the Interstate to hear the rush of traffic speeding along it.

We crossed over the fallen tree bridge again to walk along the mowed "pathway" back to our van. Little frogs leaped out of our way. Birds sang. Mosquitoes continued to feast on us. Blueberries and raspberries and wild flowers were in abundance along the way. One area had been cut for hay. We are not sure what I.D.F. Clean Up does but we saw piles of rocks, dirt and debris as well as all the equipment mentioned earlier.

This confluence took as much effort to get permission to visit as it did to reach, but it was well worth the effort to get those zeros.


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#1: Looking North.
#2: The view to the East.
#3: Bulrushes to the South.
#4: Looking West.
#5: The proof!
#6: We walked about 550 m along this cleared pathway.
#7: The confluence is about 17 m north through these trees.
#8: This slimy green "creek" had to be crossed to reach our goal.
#9: Wild flowers seen along the way.
#10: A frog along the pathway.
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