21-Mar-2001 -- The day after I found the Confluence Project website was wonderful with sun from a clear blue sky and temperature only around freezing. The small road I had planned on taking for a shortcut didn’t seem to be used in the winter and looked too risky in my standard two wheel drive car -- that’s the danger of having a too detailed map. But since I was within two kilometres of the confluence I decided to walk instead of driving around to get closer. It turned out that if I had chosen the right way I could actually have driven to within 250 m of the confluence. The last part of this road, beautifully situated along a lake, had a sign saying that driving was on your own risk but at least this time it was reasonably cleared from snow and could easily have been used by any car.
I walked out into the woods following my GPS landmark. Luckily it was crust that carried me so that I could fairly easy walk through the snow. It was mostly uphill and in a few places it was so steep that I had to look for a different path but generally it was easy getting there. I was also helped by the fact that very close to the confluence was a power line where trees were cut down and I could get excellent GPS reception. On the confluence was a small clearing in the forest, almost as for a reason! I arrived at half past three and tried to get decent pictures with the remaining sunlight that managed to shine through the trees. I took a panorama picture with the camera held freely that isn’t perfect but gives a good impression of the place.
Still on the confluence the GPS died on me and my spare batteries that were ok at home proved useless in this temperature so I had to do manual backtrack in the snow. On my way back I looked into a small cabin that was open and it turned out to be used by a fishing club that fish in the lake.
In summary a rewarding trip and my first confluence visit was a success.