04-Jul-2001 -- This is our second successful confluence. We had such a good time discovering our first confluence (51N 57W) that we decided to use up some frequent flyer miles and fly to P.E.I. from Boston for one day on the 4th of July holiday.
The weather forecast predicted rain, but, surprisingly and luckily, the forecasters were wrong. We had perfect weather, 23 degrees Celsius and mostly sunny.
The trip to the confluence was a very pleasant two-hour drive from Charlottetown through P.E.I.’s picturesque countryside (lots of red dirt, farmland, cows, potato processing plants such as Cavendish and McCain, and wonderful views of the ocean). We made our way west, almost entirely along highway 2, to the small town of Tignish.
The confluence itself is located just past Tignish on the way to North Cape (the most northwestern tip of P.E.I.) in someone’s untilled field. What may once have been a cultivated potato or strawberry patch now is a field filled with wild strawberries (which became very obvious after accidentally kneeling in some while taking pictures) and many beautiful wild flowers such as irises, daisies, buttercups and lupines.
We approached the nearest house to ask if we could wander into the field; but the only one around was a shy retreating horse. He didn’t seem to object, so we headed into the field to find the confluence. After a few heated discussions about which direction was north (we failed to bring a compass), we successfully located 47N 64W and began to take our pictures.
The first photo shows the view looking east from the confluence across the field of wildflowers. The second photo looks south to the nearby house and barn. The third photo looks west to the row of trees bordering the field. The fourth photo shows the view to the north with the happy confluence hunters (out standing in their field). The fifth photo shows the GPS reading.
The final photo was taken a couple of hundred meters down the road from the confluence. It gives a better idea of what the surrounding area is like; it shows a plot of bright red P.E.I. soil freshly ploughed and planted (with strawberries, I think). In the background you can see the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Apart from the numerous and ravenous black flies, we found our second confluence as enjoyable as our first. We are already looking forward to the next holiday and third confluence.