During August 2003 I drove through British Columbia and into the
Northwest Territories on a combined confluence hunting and sightseeing trip.
I started close to 49°N and went as far North as 61°N, covered
6,200 kilometers (3,850 miles), did 7 successful confluence visits, and
had another 12 confluences that are incomplete. I made
a map that shows the route,
and the confluences in the order they were done, with the successful ones
shown with black markers. The incomplete visits are a mix of actual attempts
and situations where I drove somewhat close to the confluence, and included
a 'visit' as a way to document the confluence location for future visitors.
The first confluence on the trip was
18-Aug-2003 -- After my incomplete "visit" to
60°N 128°W I continued along the
Alaska Highway, into the Yukon, and stopped in Watson Lake for gas, and to take
a look at the world famous
Sign Post Forest.
The forest was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. Army G.I., Carl K. Lindley of
Danville, Il., Company D, 341st Engineers. While working on the Alaska Highway, he
erected a sign here pointing the way and stating the mileage to his hometown. Others
followed his lead and are still doing so to this day. On July 20, 1990, Olen and Anita
Walker of Bryan, Ohio placed the 10,000th sign.
I continued on the Alaska Highway (Yukon Highway 1), crossing 129°W, where I took
a picture looking south. Waypoint 080
is the closest approach to the confluence on Highway 1, 2.95 kilometers. At Waypoint 081
I turned south from Highway 1 onto the Stewart-Cassiar Highway (Highway 37). Waypoint
082 marks the location of a gravel road off the highway. The closet approach to the
confluence on that road is 2.91 kilometers, through
the trees. Waypoint 084 is the closest approach
on Highway 37 - 2.87 kilometers.
At 60°N Highway 37 crosses the British Columbia - Yukon border. Waypoint 085, 3.01 kilometers
from the confluence, represents the coordinates I recorded for the Geological Survey benchmark
75Y008, which is just off the west side of the highway, at the edge of a pullout, at 60°N.
On the east side of the highway is a
welcome sign for the Yukon, which is beside a
cutline leading in the direction of the confluence.
As with the last confluence, the combination of the rain and wanting to head home made
me decide to continue my journey down the highway.
The next confluence on this trip was