08-Oct-2005 -- My Aunt had come to visit and we decided to take her to the International Peace Gardens. We hadn’t expected the park to be closed but we were able to drive around. There had been a significant blizzard early in the season the week before and there was still lots of snow to play in and drive through. As we drove the loop, we saw several beaver dams and, very close to the road, trees that beavers had almost chewed all the way through.
After the loop, we stopped at the border and asked if there would be any problems with our plans to visit a confluence along the border. They made a quick call and then sent us on our way. Our approach was from the south and west. We stopped at what Google labels as 109th St NE and 32nd Ave NE here although I saw no road signs. I began a hike across a field of snow with lots of white tailed deer. In the distance I saw a large deer stand a hunter had put out in preparation for hunting season. I crossed the clearcut signifying the border and came to a barbed wire fence. The confluence was just on the other side of this fence in a treed area.
Picture #1 looks south from the confluence. The border is just beyond the trees. Picture #2 looks west from the confluence. Picture #3 looks north. Picture #4 looks east. Picture #5 shows a perfect conluence reading. Picture #6 looks west down the border. Picture #7 looks southwest across the field towards where I parked. Picture #8 shows my daughters at our stop in Rugby, ND at the Geographical Center of North America.
Total time off ND-281 was 1:10 and 7.2 miles with 0:38 minutes spent hiking 1.6 miles.
My first Canadian confluence, Cool!