the Degree Confluence Project

United States : New York

0.9 miles (1.5 km) SW of Brownville, Jefferson, NY, USA
Approx. altitude: 99 m (324 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 104°E

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#2: Deer track leading to the confluence #3: GPS reading #4: A view northwest #5: A view southeast

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  44°N 76°W (visit #1)  

#1: Tree in a snowy clearing

(visited by David Manthey)

30-Dec-2000 -- On Christmas I received a GPS receiver, and on the following Saturday I went to my first confluence. The closest confluence that had not been visited was along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario near Watertown, New York. This wasn't the physically closest unvisited confluence, just the one with the shortest transit time.

Armed with the letter to land owners, some stellar topo maps generated from NYSDOT digital raster data (updated in the 90s, not the 50s), street maps, an aerial photograph, and all the miscellany of camera and hiking gear I always I have with me, I set out. The sky was leaden, and a light snow was falling as I drove west. Four hours of driving placed me along the road near the confluence, with my GPS unit claiming I had a mere .15 miles to go.

I followed a deer track through shin-deep snow out to a small clearing. This was located between a few houses and a small river with a screen of trees hiding both from view. In the clearing was an old metal barrel, shot full of holes, and a small table obviously used for holding a gun while it was sited in. Both were covered in snow. I meandered about until I arrived at exactly 44°N 76°W (WGS84 coordinate system), a spot right next to a low-lying snow-covered bush. I took a few photographs. Out of curiosity, I went to the barrel, which turned out to be within a few feet of 44°N 76°W in the NAD 27 coordinate system.

The trip back was uneventful, excepting that a major snowstorm was in the works and the return trip took six hours instead of the expected four.

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#1: Tree in a snowy clearing
#2: Deer track leading to the confluence
#3: GPS reading
#4: A view northwest
#5: A view southeast
#6: An old shot-up barrel
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