20-Feb-2010 -- International Confluence Day at the Galway Nature Preserve.
When Ada Kerman first visited this site on Crane Road back before the turn of the century, she learned the pond in which the confluence point sits had been fashioned out of a swamp by Marshall DesRoches. Now 14 years later I discover the late Mr. DesRoches donated 50 acres to the Saratoga P.L.A.N. [Preserving Land and Nature], a land trust dedicated to protecting the region’s exceptional quality of life by conserving open spaces and special places for present and future generations. Working through purchases and donations of land and conservation easements, the organization has already saved over 3,000 acres of farmland, forestland, natural areas, trail corridors, and historic sites in the Saratoga region and has over 1,000 acres of additional projects in the works. Their website includes a picture of Marshall’s younger siblings at the opening ribbon cutting and a map of the local trail system. It’s nice to be able to update a confluence report with news a cp is now both protected and accessible to the public…
Previous reports on 43N 74W have all been made during the warm weather between April and October. Although three of these trips have recorded the GPS ten zeroes while on land, this result is probably attributable to the wall of evergreens that line the pond’s eastern edge, partially blocking the signal, and causing the satellite reception to do crazy things. Arriving on International Confluence Day gave the advantage of a frozen pond, and the freedom to wander on the open ice in search of the smallest margin of error.
Heading west from 43N 73W, I am slowed by traffic in Bennington. Crossing into New York, Highway 67 is a pleasant drive, but by no means fast. Likewise, it’s slow going dealing with the traffic lights and turns near Ballston Spa.
At 43N 74W my trip’s time since I stood on the VT confluence is just over four hours: 4:00:40. Total elapsed time 7:33:37. After three confluence points this day, I have logged 153.4 miles by car; and am back on the road at 2:00 p.m.
Excelsior! [Ever upward]
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