14-Jun-2009 -- Cheryl and I were on our way to a square dance festival in Milwaukee so, as is our custom, we included a few confluences and geodashing dashpoints on our itinerary. Earlier that morning we had visited the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and were now making our way west.
Our approach was on Hart Road which goes west off of (NY) County Road 29 just north of the Pennsylvania border. Hart Road rapidly deteriorated until it seemed to peter out at the edge of an open field where it bordered fairly dense woods. At that point we were a quarter to a third of a mile from the confluence that was in the forest. I would walk from there. I had two choices; I could continue at the edge of the clearing until I was closest to the confluence and then bush whack through the forest the remainder of the way. The other alternative was to follow a nearby “road” (actually not much more than a cleared path) that seemed to lead perpendicular to the desired direction of travel. I chose the first option which in hindsight was the wrong choice. As I began my trek, I flushed out a dear who bounded gracefully ahead of me into the woods. As I entered the forest, I found myself pushing through waist deep ferns (as can be seen in photo #1 looking east from the confluence) that hid all the fallen trees and large rocks. I finally broke out on the road (the second option) and was able to walk fairly easily to within 50 yards or so of the confluence. The confluence was in an area of the forest with lots of fallen trees making the confluence dance a bit difficult. See photos #2, #3, and #4 to the north, west, and south respectively. I was finally successful and got all zeros on my GPSr (photo #5). My return trip to Cheryl waiting in the car was much easier, as is often the case. I followed the “road” all the way back to the clearing. I subsequently figured out that the “road” was actually a (further deteriorated) continuation of Hart Road.