23-Jul-2010 -- Sometimes you haven´t got to find a new hobby but a new hobby finds you!
This happened in the evening, 22-Jul-2010.
LEDfreak and me travelled on our way from Germany to the North Cape and this day we tried to find an accomodation near Lakselv. The helpful lady in the touristinformation gave us the adress of a youth hostel in Karalaks about 4 km south. So we drove back the road E6 and then turned left. This little road led us to the hostel. The road ends there and we parked the car and booked a room for one night. Later we heard people talking in front of our window: something about coordinates and GPS made us listening closer. We both had Garmin Oregons with us to find geocaches in our holidays and now we wondered, if there might be other geocachers around. But: No! The dialogue was about finding confluences. One man xplained another what this is and that he just found one about 300 meters from here!
So we turned on our GPSrs and set a new waypoint at 70° North, 25° East. And indeed: just about 300 meters!
We decided to go to this point the next morning.
After a good night´s sleep we recognized that the rain had stopped (nearly ...) and I started to pack the car when I met someone in front of the hostel. He saw me going to our car with German number plate and so he said "Guten Morgen!" and introduced himself as Hermann Grebner from Germany. A few words later we talked about weather, holidays and what to do and he told me he was searching for degree confluences. I smiled and took out my GPS with the marked waypoint! Half an hour later Hermann, LEDfreak and I started our walk to the confluence point.
Hermann decided to come with us once more. It was only a few minutes walk. Starting from the hostel you can follow a small path. This day the ground was very wet because of the heavy rain the day before. After leaving the path and climbing up a small hill there where just a few meters left to make our GPSrs showing "0 meters". We took some photos of the really wonderful landscape around and of our GPSrs of course as Hermann explained to us.
Then we decided to search the nearest geocache but we gave up after 15 minutes. The terrain was getting more and more "uncomfortable".
But that didn´t matter - we found our first conluence point!