12-Apr-1998 -- After having a huge
Easter Egg hunting party for Connor at my parent's house,
I decided to round the family up and head out toward the closest point.
Much to my suprise, the point lay just off a major road that runs east out of
Jacksonville. Couldn't be easier!
Everyone was chatting about how cool it was that looking for Confluence
points makes an "instant" mission out of a lazy Sunday and I closely
monitored our progress making some casual observations about the surrounding
countryside based on the Tripmate map that was being displayed on my laptop.
After having to shout "STOP, GO BACK!" to Dwight, we turned around to find
the road that led a little closer to the point. Finding a dirt road that ran
parallel to the main highway, we begain closing in on our little point. Much to my
wife's delight, there were greenhouses lining this road, displaying their brightly
colored wares for all to see. It was then I knew that our mission was in danger of
being extended - as my wife loves flowers as much as she loves life itself.
Luckly, we struck a deal that we would first hit the point and then hit the
greenhouses. It seemed like a bargain to me. As we came due north of the
point, we realized that we might have to track through someone's back yard
to get any closer. It was my wife that suggested we take a grass track she
saw about 300 meters back which headed south-southwest of our current
position. We once again turned around and began closing to our point using
an old grass path that was barely identifible as a road. I soon found
myself walking in front of the van, spoting for potholes or wet spots that might
overcome our now off road vehicle.
Much to our suprise, the path expanded into a dry, flat grass field that was
easily managed by the Caravan. We now lay 200-300 meters due west of the
point and it was an easy walk over to it. The area looked as if someone was
clearing the land - with trees pushed over and large watery sand holes
lurking about. We took the laptop with us and used the moving map display to nail
the confluence point right on the head. The picture of the family is taken
directly on the spot that the Tripmate indicated was the point. This marks my fourth
confluence point and I'm planning on visiting the two that are southwest and
southeast of Oklahoma City in the next few weeks.