23-Aug-2001 -- This was my ninth and final stop on a 7-day, 3200km confluence hunting trip to the BC interior,
The motel in Quesnel had good curtains, so it wasn't until I looked outside in the morning that I discovered
that instead of rain, there was sunshine, so I decided to try for 53N 123W. I left 'downtown' Quesnel just after
10AM, and headed west over the Fraser River, then onto North Fraser Drive, which turns into Blackwater Road.
I then turned west onto Nazko Road, and was keeping an eye on the GPS as I approached the area of the
confluence, expecting to find a logging road shortly after crossing 123W.
Just past 123W, down the hill, I turned right onto the gravel 3100 Road. Just a short way up the road 53N
crosses, almost exactly where someone has nailed a piece of wood to a tree. I parked, and started out towards
the confluence, which was 680m to the East. Initially heading down a steep slope, and soon came to a swampy
area, which wasn't unexpected, based on the maps. Unlike in
Tim's visit on August 6th, I
didn't find a good spot to jump across the creek. I decided to head back to the car and try a different approach.
I drove back to the spot on Nazko Road where 123W crosses, and the confluence was 963m to the North. I
went back to a spot on the road that seemed to be the closest to the confluence - 704m. I left this spot, and
reached the confluence 20 minutes later. Doing the hike in this direction avoids having to cross the creek, and
is fairly flat. I took my pictures and video - in Tim's visit, the confluence is marked by a "little yellow flower", but
in my picture(#1), it is marked by a 'little yellow marker flag' :)
Having gained another confluence successfully, the sixth this trip, I decided that I would head back to
Vancouver. On Nazko Road I took a picture of Sylvia's Cafe - an ad in a Quesnel paper lists the following:
Groceries, Home Cooked Meals, Catering, Licensed Premises, Gas & Diesel, Videos, Post Office, Hunting &
I departed Quesnel at 1:40PM, after taking a picture of the Fraser River from an old bridge that has been
converted to a foot bridge. The Fraser River is the longest river in BC, at 1,360km, running from near Jasper to
the Pacific Ocean. On the way home, I also took a picture of a information plaque, as well as of a
showing the coverings that are needed to produce the required 70% shade cover, necessary when ginseng is
grown outside forested areas.
694 kilometers after leaving Quesnel, I arrived back at home in Vancouver just after 10PM. It had been an
interesting and worthwhile trip - 9 visits, with 6 successful :)