10-Oct-2002 -- A journalist, who is writing articles about hiking and other outdoor activities to local newspaper "Etelä-Suomen Sanomat", become interested in Degree Confluence Project. He wanted to write to the newspaper about this project and got in touch with me. As a material for his story he suggested that we should visit a confluence together. We decided to go to this one in Nastola because it is closest (although it is secondary) and the previous visit here was made at springtime, so this autumn visit would give different kind of views.
Newspaperman picked me up at Lahti near my working place and we drove to Nastola and then to Immilä about 20 km from Lahti discussing about this confluence idea. We parked the car about 100 m from the destination and after meeting the newspaper photographer walked about 50 m. from the road to the confluence.
On a normal autumn the terrain near the confluence would have been rather wet, but this summer and autumn it has been exceptionally low in precipitation, so it was easy to go there wearing just training shoes.
About 30 m from the point where I got min. and sec. zeroes to my navigator there was a cross of two logs on a nearby field. Was it there just by accident, we don’t know.
When I stayed 17 years ago at Nastola we used to visit "Marin kioski" with my family. It was an idyllic outdoor café by the river Immilänjoki and it was open only in summertime. Local schoolteacher and his wife Mari were running the place. This café is situated about 300 m from the confluence and we now drove past the place but did not stop to check the current status of the kiosk.
After a short interview the reporter brought me back to town and I look forward to see what kind of story the newspaper will publish about this confluence thing.