06-Jan-2001 -- Before Jan. 4th, 2001, I had no idea what a
confluence was. It wasn't until I read an
article on Slashdot
that I became interested in visiting confluences near my home in
Omaha, NE. A quick search on Yahoo Maps revealed that Pilger, NE
was only about 90 miles away. I now knew what I was doing on
Saturday. Confluence hunting!
On Friday, Jan. 5th, I purchased my first GPS receiver and a
DeLorme atlas of Nebraska. I started out hoping to be able to at least
reach a couple of the closest confluences. Little did I know my journey
would take me clear across Nebraska (for a total of 900 miles!) and result
in three confluences vistited, two attempted, and one aborted (for now).
Saturday morning I was on the road at 6:00am. I headed north on I-29
to Onawa, IA. A quick check of the GPS disclosed the fact that confluence
42°N 96°W was within a few miles. I contemplated tracking that one down,
but decided my first confluence should be in my home state. This was a
good decision, because someone had already visited 42°N 96°W.
Around 8:15am, I neared the confluence. It is located inside the "Black
Island Wildlife Management Area." On my hike to the confluence, I kept
passing postings which stated, "No Hunting." I amused myself with the
thought that, "Surely the signs didn't apply to hunting for the convergence of
two imaginary lines."
This confluence was back in a row of trees which separates the wildlife area
from the surrounding farm land. The sun was still low in the morning sky when I
took the photographs. I could have shot a whole roll of film on this first confluence,
but was eager to find the next one along the 42nd parallel. On the way back to my
car, I could hear distant shotgun blasts. I only hoped those hunters were as
successful as I was.