17-Jul-2016 -- This is the 9th out of 11 reports on confluence visits in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska. The story starts from 61°N 137°W and continues from 65°N 148°W.
Driving the Alaska Highway from Fairbanks to Tok, we passed by this confluence point at a distance of 15.5 km. At 21 km distance, there is a turnoff on a gravel farm track that reaches the confluence after driving 23 km. While driving this track, we encountered a grizzly bear, but opted to continue without stopping the car.
We parked at a distance of 630 m and were glad that the distance was so short because it was raining cats and dogs. Only the first 50 m we had to do bush-fighting - then we reached an open meadow with high grass. Walking through the wet grass however made us even wetter than walking through the forest.
Half the way into the hike, we encountered two
gun shooting targets.
Interestingly, the confluence point is located 17 m from the meadow into the bushes. We had to climb over old boards to reach the exact location. A couple years ago there must have been a wooden barn. In order to get meaningful pictures of the cardinal directions, we took them 34 m south of the confluence point in the middle of the meadow.
We walked the same way back. On the drive back we encountered hay for sale. It appeared to us that most farmland in this area is simply used for haying.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 15.5 km
- Distance to a track: 630 m
- Distance of car parking: 630 m
- Time to reach the confluence from car parking: 15 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 6:31 PM
- Measured height: 245 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: grass, moss, bushes, shrubs, birch trees, no spruce
- Weather: rain, 12° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Shooting Target Confluence
The story continues at 64°N 139°W.