25-Oct-2003 -- On our way home from our first attempt at 45N 71W, we visited 44N 71W. Considering the terrain around here (Picture 7 is a view of the mountains a few miles northwest of the confluence), this one could have been a lot more difficult. As it was, there were only a few pockets of snow on the ground and the confluence itself is in an area of lightly rolling, wooded hills. We followed our GPS off route 16 to route 302, as the previous visitors here had done.
When the compass pivoted suddenly to the north, we stopped the car and parked on the edge of the road. The GPS showed us to be only 400 feet away. We walked thru a small meadow (it was posted “No Hunting”, but as we were only hunting a confluence, we ignored it.), into a wooded area, then down a very steep bank. At the bottom, a thick layer of wet fall leaves disguised a small stream. Skirting the water as best we could, we slogged uphill again, close to a small barn. With the heavy tree cover, the signal was slow. We circled around a small pine - and repeatedly ran into it. Finally I wrapped my arms around the tree and Bill got the zeros! Dusk was falling by this time; the photos to the west and north show the lovely golden light that filtered in thru the trees. But there wasn’t much to see here, so we hurried back to the car and went in search of food.