31-Aug-2001 -- I made a return trip to 49N112W to make up for
stopping at monument 332 and not going to the confluence on my first visit.
I had heard from a friend who had gone to Waterton, and on
the news, that forest fires in southeast BC were making
southern Alberta very smoky. As I got close to Coutts and
Sweetgrass, this was very apparent. It took about 10
minutes to get past US Customs at the border: they couldn't
believe someone would drive from Edmonton to Sweetgrass
just for fun (and to take some pictures). They eventually
let me go, and I drove to the vicinity of monument 332 and
the Sweetgrass Cemetary.
The confluence is a few hundred
meters west and a little north of the monument, next to what
would normally be a wetlands of some kind. With the drought
conditions we've been seeing this year, the wetlands were
completely dried up and one just sees a very salty plain.
I arrived at the confluence probably about 45 minutes
before sunset, but even then one could barely see the sun
because of all the smoke. Five minutes later the sun was
no longer visible. The trip back was uneventful: Canada
Customs was not surprised when I said I had only been out
of Canada for 30 minutes.