31-Jan-2004 -- We had been planning to visit this confluence for a few months. It is the last confluence to be visited on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, the most eastern part of North America. To have all four confluences in this region visited and documented would be a great start to completing all of the confluence points in this province.
This confluence is smack dab in the middle of a wilderness area that was approximately 11 km. from the community of Patricks Cove. This was our second attempt to visit this confluence. Our first attempted visit was on November 1, 2003. The weather was sunny and fair, an ideal day for a hike. At that time of year, we had to pay attention to daylight as dusk begins at around 4:15. We set out to hike to the confluence across the barrens on foot, allowing for three hours to get there and three hours back. While we got to within about 400 metres of the confluence, it was in an area of bog, streams and short brush that would have taken some time to get through. We reluctantly turned for home, promising to return.
With this visit, we had waited for conditions in the back country to be suitable for snowshoeing or snowmobiling. The area was exposed to wind and required that we pay attention to the weather forecast. We decided on a day in late January, got together our provisions and set out on snowmobiles from Gorden McGrath's backyard. Travel and navigation was much easier since we recruited Tony McGrath who knew the area. We retraced our steps, got our bearings at the Western Pinnicle and zeroed in on the confluence.