27-Jun-2002 -- This was my first confluence. I just bought the GPS as
I found a new hobby with geocaching. Anyway it turned
out that this confluence project got my first
attention, as these points are possible to conqure
only once. Caches can wait :o)
My first plan was N69E28 but as it is so close to the
E75 road (not E4 as it is told in the description
there) and it is easy to reach, someone got there a
week before I was there. Anyway that was only a
secondary confluence , so I decided to go for a
primary , and to a place that is not so easy to go to.
We have a summer place in Väylä that is about 25
kilometers from this confluence in west shore of Lake
Inari. Lake Inari is one of the biggest lakes in
Finland with maximum depth almost 100m.
I visited the place with my father Erkki Hooli and by
his boat. He installed his new depth sonar to the boat
so we both had something new to explore on the way to
the confluence. He was checking the depth and fish
alerts as I was making notes about the speed of the
boat and other information provided by my GPS.
Weather was good as you can see from the pictures,
temperature just reaching close to +20C (not in the
middle of the lake). There was a little bit of wind so
taking a picture of the GPS just when we are on the
confluence was tricky. But still we were lucky that it
was so calm weather. As many times during summer the
middle of the lake was totally still (pic#5) in one
place (no wind) but when you approach the lakeside the
wind gets very strong as the warm weather pulls the
airflow from cold lake towards the warm land.
Maybe I should return in winter with snowmobile to get
all the zeros... The depth is 48.9 meters in the
place. The maximum we saw was about 70meters. Water
level in the lake was about 1 meter lower than usually
that was possibly because of very dry beginning of
summer or then the power plant in russian side was
allowing more water flow than normally. (yes the lake
is acting also as a reservoir for hydropower plant).
The view from the confluence is quite similar to every
direction (pic#1). This one is to the north.