16-Feb-2001 -- We learned about the Degree Confluence Project from some newsletter
on 8 February 2001. It took some planning to get the equipment and since in Poland there
were only two visits at the moment we did not much bother to submit info about our attempts.
We visited the 54N 18E on 16 February on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, nothing like
the usual winter weather at this time of year, rather like in full spring.
When we approached the target we saw a man sitting in his car reading something.
Apparently he parked very close to the confluence. You can imagine what did he think
when he saw a bunch of people emerging from the forest, just to circle his car with
excitement, reading some small devices. After a quarter he gave up and drove away, but
will remain an unintentional participant of the visit.
It took some time to get the GPS to a still reading and it was on the north-eastern
bank of lake, some 20 m from the water (see the map). The lake's name is Ch±dzie
(Chadzie) which is probably a challenge to pronounce for non-Polish speakers.
On some maps in the closest vicinity of the confluence a wild camping site is
marked -- a great place to camp indeed. The confluence is in a pine forest which
is characteritic to the northern parts of Poland and not so far south there is a large
forested area called Bory Tucholskie. This is a not-so-spoiled natural part of our
region, where still many species of wild animals and plants can be found. This
region is especially popular for collecting mushrooms, which seems to be some
kind of a Polish national sport/hobby.
Another interesting thing about the confluence surroundigs is a XIX century
skansen in Wdzydze Kiszewskie. There is a collection of village buildings and
households from the Kashubian Region, especially form the closest area of Wdzydze
Lake, which is one of the largest in this region.
Hopefully there still are some unvisited confluences in Poland, someday we will