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United States : California

2.3 miles (3.7 km) NE of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 67 m (219 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 58°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking towards the CP #3: Looking West #4: Them trees get real big #5: GPS collage #6: North through South Panorama #7: A Chili-Head's dream

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  37°N 122°W (visit #5)  

#1: Looking North

(visited by Gordon Spence)

31-Jan-2002 -- Earlier today I visited 37N 120W so onto the second CP for the day. Back up 99N, onto 152W and a quick stop at the rest stop at the San Luis reservoir. What a fantastic view! and I had a lovely chat with the guy that runs the visitor centre there.

Onwards to Gilroy; the garlic capital of the world. As you drive past Gilroy foods you could believe it - you can smell the garlic even though the air-con is on! Swinging off US101 into the factory outlets and I made for the Garlic shop - where you can actually buy Garlic Ice-Cream, don't fancy it myself....but the reason I stop there is to stock up on hot-sauces. Yes I am a "Chili-Head". This time I bought "Fifi's Nasty Little Secret" - picked for the label. Followed by "Mad Dog's Revenge" - no pretense at sauce here, it is simply Habanero and Chile extract, the label says 1 million scoville units. Lastly I picked up a "Mad Dog 357" the hottest in the shop, 160,000 scoville Cayennes mixed with 2 million scoville pepper extract. The last two require you to sign a legal disclaimer! (Pic 7).

From there it was on up 101 then across and onto 17S until it reached US1. I took the first exit past 37N and followed the road through the houses until I saw the sign for the golf course. I found an empty slot in the car-park and set off for the tenth tee. Following the path round revealed a gap in the bushes which was the path referred to.

This point has been visited several times before - so why go again? I can bring a new angle to this - the first visit to the point by a foreign national!

I followed it under the trees and soon got the readings to within 0.1 seconds of the spot. If you have been following my exploits then you know that I have returned "all the zeros" on all points visited apart from Polk County, FL which was fenced off water....

So I waited and wandered around, up the slope, down the slope, back and forth along a sub trail, still no lock on. I had a nice conversation with a guy walking a dog, then a couple walking a dog, still no lock on! By this time I have been there over an hour and beginning to despair, then I got 0.0/0.1 and photographed it quick.

As I looked away from the camera I noticed the GPS showing 0.0/0.0 by the time the camera had the shot stored it had wandered off again. Hmmmm another half an hour and I decided to call it quits. But when I uploaded the shot to the computer I had in fact captured the elusive 0/0 shot! Sometimes you just get lucky.

The looking North shot isn't overly interesting - a nice mature Redwood tree (Pic 1).

I went back up towards the tenth fairway and snapped a picture looking back at the confluence point (Pic 2), the stand of trees in the centre is where the actual point is. (Pic 3) is looking West down the 10th Fairway and as you can see a game is in progress. Just off to the edge of the fairway is one of those "little" trees, the trunk is about 8 feet across (Pic 4). (Pic 6) is a panoramic sweep across the 10th Fairway.

I have created a composite of the GPS shots showing: On the exact spot and the accuracy achieved, because of the tree cover the accuracy was slightly reduced (Pic 5)

Another one completed, total miles for the day 402, tomorrow I fly to Texas and onto the next point in my American tour 30N 97W.


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#1: Looking North
#2: Looking towards the CP
#3: Looking West
#4: Them trees get real big
#5: GPS collage
#6: North through South Panorama
#7: A Chili-Head's dream
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