07-Sep-2000 -- After our visit to
we decided to visit this confluence, and hoped that no one else would get
there before us.
We used the same planning tools we'd used for our previous trip; the
Street Atlas USA software, Ada's Oregon topographical atlas, and the
Rand McNally road atlas. There were three possible logging roads coming
near the site, and they required approaching this steep and wooded area
from widely different directions. We selected the approach which
minimized the probable climb needed, which meant that our hike would be
along a ridge. In the street atlas USA software, you can highlight a
waypoint that must be included in its proposal for a trip route. This
resulted in the route we took, and was significantly different from the
original route suggested by the software.
Our estimation of the driving time was accurate. But the road we'd
hoped to turn on for the last leg was double-gated; we walked. We had
estimated it to be a 2-mile one way hike; it turned out to be 3 and 1/2
miles! It took 2 hours longer than we'd hoped. We were quite tired
upon returning to the car. Mendalara was carrying the three-year old in
a backpack. Also, our water supply ran out on the way back and it was
in the eighties. Fortunately the
cows (picture 5) supplied some comic relief.
On a positive note, there was no need to bushwhack through the
forest, as the path led to a meadow which contained the confluence, and
also a great view of the mountain we'd been glimpsing. And we all felt
the trip was a good way to spend the day.
Ada, Lucas, and Alex spent much of the walk both ways developing
ideas for Degree Confluence games. They thought it could make a good
role playing game (RPG) using a system such as Dungeons and Dragons, or
a computer game. Later, Ada found out about an RPG for palmtop
computers called Kyle's
Quest with a free level editor available, so she plans to make a
Degree Confluence level in the relatively near future.
While we're putting in links, Ada wants to mention that she wore one
of her Bruno t-shirts especially for the trip, but the decoration didn't
show up in her picture. Visit the
Bruno comic web site if
you like comic strips and want to check it out.
Question for the day: is it wise to use this fragile-seeming
ecosystem for so much grazing? Not to mention the clearcutting...wonder
how the cows get used to the mega-earth moving equipment? I guess if you
live in the Northwest, you live with the government's approach to land
narrative written by Ada Kerman and Mendalara