10-Mar-2001 -- My second confluence (first:
51N 6E) and again I had
to cross the border between Holland and Germany. A more or
less imaginary border. No barriers or so.
This confluence happens to be not far from the city of Enschede. The place where my sister lives. A good occasion to
visit her. My father, a former geodetic surveyor, got very interested in the project and joined me. Actually, he was the
one who gave me a GPS when I visited Alaska some years ago. Weaponed with GPS, compass, map and good shoes in our car, we
followed a friend who guided us with his car in the good direction during the first kilometers.
Despite of the bad, dark, rainy weather, the landscape was nice. little parts of wood, brooks, agricultural fields,
farms and villages.
The last kilometers we followed our GPS. At the place where we had to leave our car we found a little parking. Just when
we entered the wood, a curious farmer went along and did not ask for difficult explanations. Later on a second car stopped
for a while.
The wood was full of black-berry bushes. My father was smart and went around it. After 100 meters we had to cross
another road. Again we jumped over a ditch and eventually found the exact spot. Just between some trees in this dense and
wet spruce, hazel and willow wood.
Part two was the picture shooting. Because of the density of the trees, our GPS had troubles to "stay in the same
place". We made the pictures and even tried to make a panorama. The self-timer did not work well. I had to run
several times from the camera to the spot.
one could imagine a more spectacular or picturesque place but that is life of a confluence hunter. That's all in the
game. There were no signs of earlier visits.
On our way back home we saw some animal trails which were marked at the place where they cross the road. Many reflectors
were put on the trees at both sides.
Back home we made a high five. However, with this confluence done, we have to travel much further for the next close
one. Let's plan our holidays.