11-Nov-2000 -- Found the confluence project site on 10-Nov-2000 and it
sparked my interest. checked to see if any were close to
where I live and sure enough there was an official site
just outta town. I reasearched the point a bit and decided
it should be easy enough to get to.
So the morning of the 11th checked all my batteries loaded
up with cell phone, digital camera, and the trusty GPS of
course. Talk about a day to go out, -18C and a wind to boot.
My daughter and I headed out to the spot just southwest of town
drove down Hwy 36 to secondary 875. The E-map was picking
up 6 to 8 satellites the whole way. turned north onto a
gravel road that the map said should lead close to the confluence.
Turned out that it did, put me about 300 m
west of the point. drove a little further trying to decide
if I wanted to walk the 300 meters to the site. Hey it was COLD!.
About 50 meters north and I came upon a man gate in
the barbed wire fence that was surrounding the prairie,
owned by the Vauxhall Grazing Association. Used for grazing
cattle in the summer, now empty for the winter. Warmth won
I let myself into the pasture, drove my pickup right to the
site. The GPS, being set to "goto," jumped around a bit, the
arrow flipped up and down. I changed screens on the E-map
to show location, I was very close. I crawled out of the truck,
walked a couple of meters and bang the GPS locked
on and flipped all the correct zero's. I set the GPS
directly down on the snow covered ground, and started to
take the pic's. The GPS never even jumped off the site,
stayed locked until I picked it up and jumped back in the
Being fairly new to this Gps stuff I drove back to
town feeling completely satisfied with my first documented
confluence. And thrilled at the accuracy of these devices.
I may tackle another soon seeing as the 'ol map says theres
one 80 KMS east and another 135 KMs west of here.
Anyway this is what you'll see at 50N 112W
great site keep it up thanks for the trip I would have
never took had it not been for this site.