04-Feb-2007 -- Our group traveled north from Boston, planning to visit
three confluences sitting on longitude 71W. This visit
describes the second destination @ 44N.
We approached from the west on route 302 as the sun was
going down. The confluence is close to the highway, near
the Maine-New Hampshire border.
Aerial photos and older DCP reports suggested that we
would likely be intruding on private property. We forgot
to bring the "letter of introduction", so decided on a
clandestine approach from the west.
An unused access road took us from route 302 into a forest
of hardwoods, pine, and hemlock. There was approx 6
inches of snow, the temp was about 0 F, and the skies were
clear. The trail ended, and we were forced to bushwhack
our way into a wetland gully. Fortunately, everything was
frozen. the confluence occurred as we were climbing a
fairly steep slope to the east, out of the gully. We were
still in the forest, and it was difficult to get the GPS
zeroed. At the top of the slope was a metal outbuilding,
beyond which a barking dog signalled discovery of our
we quickly took our photos, and made a rapid retreat,
successfully avoiding any potential adverse encounters.