25-Jul-2001 -- Our voyage started on July 24 with a visit to the
local general store in Rock Creek to find some
information about the local roads. We had just
completed a scouting drive along the Rock
Creek/Bridesville road which we thought would take
us to within a few kilometers of the confluence.
It turned out that this road was the correct one,
but that we needed to turn east onto some land
marked with no trespassing signs in order to gain
the closest approach. We opted to return to Rock
Creek and ask for some information. We cited the
names on a mailbox we had passed to the local
store clerk, and she promptly told us that the
land we wanted access to belonged to her uncle
Bill. Jackpot. She volunteered to telephone her
uncle to ask him if he would agree to allow us on
his land to complete the project. We contacted her
later that evening from our campground and she
said that he had agreed. Armed with uncle Bill's
permission, and two GPS units we scheduled our
visit for the morning of July 25.
We began our journey with a drive through (uncle)
Bill Harpur's beautiful ranch. We stopped at the
house on our way to let him know in person of our
intentions. He was understandably curious, and he
had not previously heard of the project. He was
more than happy to allow us to carry on our way.
We parked the truck right at the Canada-U.S.
border at the edge of Bill Harpur's land. From
this point we had only to walk along the border
1.7 km to achieve our goal. We were all a little
surprised to see that the border was marked by a
barbed wire fence in this region. We had expected
there to be nothing to separate the two countries.
At any rate we walked across a field, then a small
stream then began a climb of about 250 meters to
our final destination. Along the way we passed one
At first we thought we may be lucky enough to have
the confluence at the top of the hill, but alas it
turned out that the confluence spot was in the
middle of the forest. Hence the four compass
direction photos do not show much more than trees.
Two of the directions are pictured in picture 1 (south)
and picture 2 (east).
We also hiked up to the top of a nearby hill to
observe the great view of the surrounding countryside.
This view can be seen in picture 3. One of us was a bit tired
from the climb as can be seen in picture 4. On the journey
home, we coudn't resist getting a picture with one foot
on each side of 'the line'. Only thing is, according
to our GPS units the actual fence was inside the Canadian
border by about 20 meters.