31-Jul-2002 -- Well, I have been planning on visiting a confluence for about a year now. My father, his girlfriend Jenny, and myself made the trip today. We were able to get within 700 meters with the truck after driving around the area into different logging cuts along the ridge.
We parked the truck and went walking into an old clearing along a deer trail, where we found a line marked for the 68. After trying to find a clearing to get a signal for the GPS to see how close we were to the 48, we managed to lose the 68 line and eventually found a line marked for the 48, after crawling through a swamp.
My father and Jenny were able to get through not to bad - we all had wet feet by that time. I was crossing a log and was afraid to fall into the water with the GPS and (borrowed) digital camera, so I thought "4 inches of water is not bad, my feet are already wet". Well, the water was only 4 inches but the mud was up to my hips. After almost losing my shoes and a lot of grunting, I was able to crawl out without getting any electronics wet.
We followed a swamp for a bit and found the 48 line marked off. We had a difficult time keeping a lock and getting accurate readings under the trees. We then started off in the wrong direction(just figuring out directions and long and lat), and after my father lost a shoe for a moment we got off in the right direction.
A short distance in, we found the intersection that marked the 48 line for the border of New Brunswick and Quebec, and the marked 68 line cut into the woods, with a blue and a pink ribbon in the center. I took the pictures from the intersecting marked cuts.
The walk out was much easier, as we walked back out the 68 line to the clearing and another deer trail back up to the road just up from the truck.
The rest of the day we spent admiring the scenery and fishing, when we were sure we were in New Brunswick side (NB fishing licence, confiscate truck, fines, jail time in Quebec and such). We did not catch any fish, still it was a good day, cloudy, but it did not rain while we spent 3 hours tramping in the woods. Rained just before getting close to the confluence and again on the way home.