16-Nov-2015 -- As I had arrived in the area for a series of presentations, workshops, and meetings surrounding Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, what better way to spend part of Day 2 of my trip than with confluence visit? The point was midway between my stop at Temple University's geography department and my next stop at Penn State University, so it seemed like destiny that I should visit.
I departed Temple University by 3:00pm, and was a bit concerned that I would run out of daylight before reaching the point, as it was a month before the winter solstice. Therefore I made no stops along the way, traveling north on I-476, and then west along I-80. By 4:30pm I was nearing the vicinity, traveling south along Highway 309, and then west along Old Turnpike Road. There was no shoulder and so I ended up turning into the driveway of the homeowner where the confluence lay. Due to the thick tree cover, even though the leaves were largely off the trees, I still had great difficulty zeroing out the GPS unit. At first the unit had me walking west along the road, but it eventually brought me back to the driveway and then onto the slope southeast of the driveway and above it. I needed to scramble up an embankment to reach it, and even so, it was only after 15 minutes of pacing when I finally achieved centered bliss.
The confluence lies on a flattish part of the overall slope, amongst the trees, south of the road, and southeast of the driveway. I was a little nervous blocking the landowner's driveway but I was fully prepared to ask permission if he or she appeared. It was late fall and late afternoon but surprisingly mild weather; nearly 60 degrees F. I had stood on 41 North from New Jersey on the east to Utah on the west, and on 76 West a few times as well, from New York on the north to Maryland on the south. This was my first time at this confluence and given the steep terrain and wooded hillslopes in this area, this being Pennsylvania, this confluence is surprisingly and thankfully easy to find. I had a fairly decent number of points in Pennsylvania now. After I finally achieved my desired photo, I departed, taking great care when backing out onto the road.
I had a lovely drive there at twilight in the surrounding countryside, taking a different way back, to the west, and meandering back to I-80. From there, I drove to Penn State University for my first visit to that lovely campus. Get out there and explore the world!