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United States : Maryland

1.3 miles (2.0 km) NW of Langley Park (Prince George's), Montgomery, MD, USA
Approx. altitude: 72 m (236 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 103°E

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: North to the point #3: South across the car park #4: West #5: Nearest approach #6: The animals - again #7: The point hunter with the spoils of war

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  39°N 77°W (visit #14)  

#1: South side of block

(visited by David Coombs)

05-Jun-2007 -- I am nearly at the end of a trip round 9 international agricultural centers. Unfortunately I didn't catch any points in the Philippines (no time) - or Nigeria (impractical) - but the other visits allowed for expeditions so 6 visits (including 3 firsts).

This has not only been a very interesting job but also an opportunity to catch new and "used" points in 5 countries. This is certainly the most "used" point - I think I will be number 14 - not really my style but it does take me to a total of 18 countries. Well arriving in DC and finding that I could catch the metro to within 2 miles of the point and that the point is easily accessible was too good a chance to miss. Well the first puzzle is the metro - but the ticketing system was kindly shown to me by a local resident and for 4.70 USD (rush hour rates) I got my ticket. The walk from Silver Spring is very pleasant - a wide variety of houses in many styles - some old, some mock Tudor - just like in the suburbs of London (England!). I bought a nice soft ice cream from a van and then started the final approach to the point.

Apart from juggling ice cream, camera and GPS at the same time the point was easily found - almost - I couldn't quite decide if I was closer on the north side or the south side of the block. I took the photos on the south side - just to be different - by my reckoning I was 15 meters away on that side and twice that on the north side. But I am sure the block is not 45 meters deep!

Well then I got lazy and took a taxi back to DC and celebrated with an excellent Chinese take-away and a glass off wine to follow.


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#1: South side of block
#2: North to the point
#3: South across the car park
#4: West
#5: Nearest approach
#6: The animals - again
#7: The point hunter with the spoils of war
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