10-Sep-2010 -- This year's `Īd al-Fiṭr offered the occasion for a long weekend off, so I arranged a three-day trip to the South of Germany. We left home already on Thursday afternoon and arrived at a hotel near Augsburg in the evening. I had been here many times on business and also private purposes, but never had the opportunity to look for Confluences in the vicinity. This time I did some recon beforehand and envisaged two possible candidates.
The first of them, 48N 11E, lay only 30 km south of our hotel, so soon after breakfast next morning we were on the way. Via Landsberg we passed Hofstetten and Oberfinning, and arrived at a quarter past 11 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the Windachspeicher reservoir's dam. All the meadow in front of us was bestrewn with the pink flowers of meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale) – very nice but deadly poisonous.
Under a very "Bavarian" sky, i.e. blue and white like the chequered Bavarian flag, we started walking around the reservoir lake in the direction of the Confluence, which was only 1 km away. Unfortunately, the small agricultural roads were not aimed directly towards our goal, so we had to take some decisions at the road forks, and promptly ended up at a very wet meadow at the western end of the lake with no other way out, and so had to turn back the same path. However, this was not a completely useless detour because the most lovely view upon the lake opened up from this meadow – a truly peaceful place. On the way back from the lake I found a bush of deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) beside the track, so this confluence visit made up also for a good lesson in phytotoxicology for the children.
We resumed our way along the agricultural roads, as a direct stroll towards the Confluence would have meant to get wet shoes while passing over the meadows which were still soaked and in places boggy from the previous days' rains, but about 45 minutes after leaving the car, we arrived at the confluence meadow. This was the first confluence visit that I did only with aerial view printouts and without using the GPS receiver so far, so when I finally switched on the GPS receiver, I had only 40 m left to reach the spot. It was now shortly after noon, the GPS device indicated an EPE of 4 m and an altitude of 654 m.
About 150 m away was a farmer with his tractor doing some work, but soon he drove away without giving any heed about what we were doing here – maybe he knew this kind of fools already running around with a device in their hands. After the farmer had gone, we were completely alone here as far as the eye could see. Only some haystacks can be seen around and the tip of the white steeple in Obermühlhausen 2 km away to the South.
I took the pictures of the cardinal directions and some more to create a 360° panorama, then we left this quiet place again to try one more confluence visit on the same afternoon.
Continued at 48N 12E.