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West Branch, Michigan

Posted by graywacke on March 31, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  After two Atlantic Ocean non-landings and three Canadian non-landings, I finally landed between the index finger and the middle finger, hidden behind the mitten of this OSer . . . MI; 46/38; 4/10; 1; 154.9.  To further explain my mitten comment, here’s my landing map:

 west landing1

A closer-in view shows that I landed just outside of the town of West Branch:

 west landing2

As I do my watersheds, I think you’ll figure out how West Branch got its name.  I landed in the Ogemaw Ck; which flows into the . . . West Branch . . .  of the Rifle River (first hit ever); on to the Rifle R (also first hit ever); on to Lake Huron (15th hit); on to the St. Lawrence (90th hit). 

 The West Branch is the 1110th river watershed I’ve landed in, and, of course, the Rifle itself is the 1111th  (excellent number, don’t you think?).  FYI, the St. Lawrence is a solid 7th on my river list.

 Quick trivia question.  1111 is not a prime number. Why not?  Well, because 101 x 11 = 1111.  Ever the curious soul, I checked out 11,111.  It’s also not a prime number because of a single solution:  41 x 271 = 11,111.

 OK, OK, so I checked out 111,111.  This is crazy.  Look how many solutions:

 3 x 37037 = 111,111

7 x 15873 = 111,111

11 x 10101 = 111,111

13 x 8547 = 111,111

21 x 5291 = 111,111

33 x 3367 = 111,111

37 x 3003 = 111,111

39 x 2849 = 111,111

77 x 1443 = 111,111

91 x 1221 = 111,111

111 x 1001 = 111,111

143 x 777 = 111,111

231 x 481 = 111,111

259 x 429 = 111,111

273 x 407 = 111,111

407 x 273 = 111,111

429 x 259 = 111,111

 Phew.  I’m done, and I have nothing to say about what I just did, except that I won’t do it again.

 That said, this might give you a clue that good ol’ West Branch is coming up pretty empty in the “interesting topics for a post” category . . .

 Well, here’s my Google Earth shot, which shows a mixed agricultural / woodlands landscape:

west GE1

 Unfortunately, there is no GE StreetView coverage anywhere close to my landing. 

All I could find of interest in West Branch is their smiley face water tower (the popularity of which is likely questionable).  This photo is from the town’s website:

west tower

 On the search for a topic, I looked into the Rifle River a little, like, how did it gets its name?  Nothing.  So, I’ll close with this picture of the Rifle River, from Examiner.com:


 That’ll do it.




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