25-Apr-2011 -- My family and I were traveling home after visiting family in upstate New York. I wanted to stop and visit one of the confluences on the PA-NY border. We took a detour from our usual route down I-81 and drove west through Binghamton before heading south on route 26 to the border.
This is a very easy confluence to access due to it's proximity to the road. However, it is located on private proerty. I knew this ahead of time and came prepared with the letter to landowners explaining the reason for my visit.
We pulled in the driveway and I walked up to the door of the brown house with wood siding since the confluence appeared to be in their backyard. A man quickly answered the door and I explained the reason for my visit. Apparently this property has had several different residents over the past decade. However, he gave some indication that I was not the first person to stop asking for permission to investigate the confluence. He gave me permission to walk through his backyard and take photographs around the confluence.
I walked through his mowed back yard and my GPSr still said I had about 35 feet to go when I came to the edge of a grove of trees. I entered the woods and noticed several pieces of rusty playground equipment and various other toys scattered around along with several piles of sticks. I walked around in circles for a few minutes until I saw all zeros at which point I set my GPSr down and took several photos.
While I was in the middle of taking my photographs I noticed the man stepped out into his yard keeping an eye on what I was up to. He must have been scratching his head when I took a moment for my traditional confluence phoon.
I took the short walk back to my waiting family and car and we continued our trip home stopping briefly to photograph the border marker and to stop and the convenience store just over the border. Overall, this was a great confluence to visit.