21-May-2000 -- I visited 43°N and 77°W on Sunday morning,
May 21, 2000, arriving shortly after 11:00. Another drizzly, overcast and cool
day, but again the elements cooperated when the rain stopped about 15
minutes before I would have to park the car and continue on foot to the
confluence. After parking the car along the shoulder of Maryland St.
(actually a paved, 2 lane rural road), I hiked west across a muddy, fallow
corn field for about 400 feet to reach a tree line. The confluence was
another 150 feet inside the wood lot (behind the tree marked with a red X
in picture #4). For the second time in two days, the satellites cooperated
to allow the GPS receiver to get a decent lock, making the task of finding
the exact confluence a "no brainer." As it turned out, the
spot was where a tree branch had fallen, forming a convenient, high
and dry perch for the GPS above the thick, wet foliage on the ground.
How about that for luck? In spite of the easy access, I did trip on a
woodchuck burrow, almost dumping the camera and GPS in the mud.
Guess I'd better pay attention to where I'm walking rather than watching
The intersection of 43°N and 77°W is located in one of several
deciduous wood lots, surrounded by corn, alfalfa and wheat fields not yet
planted for the current growing season. There is a small dairy farm located
1/4 mile north of the location and several other farms to the south. The
site is in the northeast corner of Ontario County, 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
northeast of the village of Phelps, New York. This area is near the
southern terminus of the last glacier that covered much of northern and
central New York some 10,000 years ago, leaving the terrain somewhat flat,
with a few rolling hills. It is also near the northern boundary of the Finger
Lakes Region and its fertile wine country and popular vacation spots. A
few miles to the southeast is the Seneca Falls home of 19th century
feminist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and site of the Women's Rights National
Historical Park. A few miles west is Hill Cumorah, and the home of Joseph
Smith, U. S. founder of the Mormon religion, near Palmyra.