05-Jan-2001 -- Since I heard of the Degree Confluence Project I liked the idea
(as so many others did) and I started to look for good candidates. After
months, I finally managed to visit my first confluence on a trip back from a
New Year vacation we spent at the North Sea shore.
N54E009 lies in a part of Germany called Dithmarschen, which is famous
its cabbages... and cabbage fields and other agricultural sites. This set
the scene for this confluence: A muddy field (and muddy means very muddy).
In the morning it had started to rain which made things worse.
Approaching by car, I left the main road at a small agricultural byroad
parked approx. 300 m away from the confluence which was in the middle of a
winter-wheat field. I slushed through the mud (without proper footwear) only
to find that the confluence was 50 meters behind a drain canal (Dithmarschen
has many drain canals because it is mainly land reclaimed from the North
Sea) which I was unable to cross... So back to the car, another road, and
this time I was successful. By this time it had started to rain harder, so I
was in a bit of a hurry: take a photo of the GPS, N, E, S, W (which are a
bit off because I had no compass) and back.
So this was N54E009, not much to see apart from mud, some houses and a
wind energy wheels, maybe not the most beautiful spot in Germany but quite
representative for this part... I might visit again in summer when the
weather is better.