08-Sep-2008 -- While deployed to Qatar, I was searching for a Geocache to find in Italy and came across one called "No Minutes, No Seconds" (or something like that). It was placed at a confluence there in Sicily. I had never heard of such a thing. So I investigated it and found out the whole deal through this website. I became fascinated, intrigued and nearly obsessed with the whole idea. I also noticed that while all of the confluences in Maine had been visited, no one person had visited ALL of them! THIS was my new goal! I had planned all summer to get started, but the summer was busier than I expected it would be. Well, Now I have started my Maine Confluence Conquest!
I got off early from work one day and on the way home decided to give this confluence a shot. It is only about 6 or 8 miles from my home! So, I went home and gathered the equipment I thought I might need. I went up and down Ward Rd a couple of times and all of the roads surrounding the confluence and decided that the Ward Rd was the best to strike out from. On the DeLorme Gazetteer, it shows a trail running to within a few hundred meters of the confluence It looked like it ran up parallel to a drive way. Being a good steward, I went up to a beautiful cedar sided colonial nestled in the woods up the aforementioned driveway. A lovely older gentlelady answered the door and I told her briefly about my mission. She told me that I was more than welcomed to walk in the woods and good luck with my quest.
I began hiking up the trail. It was an older logging road or something. Very well defined. After about 3/4 of a mile, the road was veering too far off from the coordinates on my GPS, so I struck off into the woods. The forest growth is not very tight and it was easy to manage my way through. At one time I needed to circumnavigate a swampy area, but as soon as I was around the back side of the swamp, I was within a hundred meters or so of the confluence.
I quickly found the area and spent a few minutes zeroing in on the exact coordinates. I never did get it to EXACTLY zero out, but it was close enough for me. I am confident I walked across the actual confluence a half dozen times! I think the canopy may have obscured the satellites some. The pictures were taken with my camera phone as the batteries were dead in my regular camera! I could kick myself! More will be added when I take Ann out there to see it!
I placed a Geocache within 10 meters of the confluence under a large granite rock. Feel free to sign the log, but please replace the cache as you found it. It will be called "No Minutes, No Seconds 44 70".
On my way back out, I took my time and found the best way out. I blazed the trail a bit, clearing out dead brush and twigs along the way making it just a bit easier for the next seeker to find their way in.
Coordinator's Note: This visit is classified incomplete because it does not meet the photo requirements of the project.