16-Jun-2001 -- Weather: Light rain, +16 degrees Celsius. A normal summer day in Sweden. :-)
We started the trip at 1 pm from my girlfriend's summer home in Falkenberg. The GPS estimated about 50 minutes of driving until we would reach the confluence.
We drove to Heberg then passed Årstad and turned right on to road 150 towards Torup where we turned roughly north and then followed the road towards Drängsered.
After driving past two road exits because they were smaller than expected and thus having to drive a few extra km's to find a place to turn the car around we finally found the small road leading to the confluence. Passing a few hundred meters of dense spruce forest we finally came to a large meadow close to the confluence.
We left the car about 75 meters from 57N13E (picture #2 is a view from the car towards the confluence amongst the trees) and walked along the edge of the meadow towards the dense forest where the confluence is located.
When the GPS told us the confluence was about 30 meters straight to the left we turned and headed into the forest towards the confluence (see picture #1), but after only a few meters my girlfriend let out a very loud scream and jumped backwards.
I had just put my foot down and passed only 0.5 meter from a snake. It was a specimen of Sweden's only poisonous snake, a viper, or "huggorm" in Swedish. I took some pictures of it at what I considered was a safe distance (see picture #3).
My girlfriend decided at this point to not come with me further into the forest, partly because of the rain and dense vegetation and partly of course because of the snake, so she returned to the car.
Walking/running around in the forest, knowing that my girlfriend was waiting in the car and my feets were getting wetter, I was trying to find the magical spot. But sadly I wasn't successful in getting the all zeros shot I so much wanted. It must have been because of the foliage beeing quite wet so the GPS accuracy was sometimes very poor.
At one point I got as close as 6 meters according to the GPS but when I moved in that direction it suddenly showed the confluence 15 meters in the other direction, I continued the Confluence Dance for a while but I finally gave up and took some pictures of the general area around 57N13E (see pictures #4 and #5).
At least I got a pretty decent picture of the GPS near a pile of moose droppings (see picture #6) in a small clearing close to the confluence.
...and many thanks to my girlfriend Emma for driving me to this confluence!