11-Nov-2010 -- The trip that Jim and I did to this confluence point was part of a larger geocaching adventure we planned for Veteran's Day Weekend. We were driving up to Stockton, CA to move some furniture out of my daughter's apartment, but wanted to take something other than the standard route up Hwy 99, through the Central Valley.
Jim planned our route along Hwy 65 north of Bakersfield. This afforded us some nice geocaching along the way to this confluence. As we neared the noon time hour, we stopped for lunch just south of here, then wandered to the east along County Road J22. That took us over to a virtual cache. From there, we took the Old Stage Road, which brought us in a northerly direction. Eventually, the road bent to the west and was now named Ave. 116. This road runs parallel to 36° North latitude.
The confluence is located just south of the junction of Ave. 116 and Rd. 256 as they both traverse through farmland. This confluence is easily visited as it is just on the western edge of Rd. 256.
The view to the north from the confluence is Rd. 256. Along the western edge of the road are groves of oranges. There is also a line of telephone poles. In the distance, there appeared to be a large pine tree, but on closer inspection of the picture, it looks like one of those camouflaged cell phone towers. The view north has a rolling topography, gaining slightly in elevation as one looks north on the road.
The view to the south is similar with the orange grove extending on the western side of the road. The eastern side of the road is bordered by a barbed wire fence. There appeared to be some oak trees in the field southeast of the confluence.
The view to the west is of orange trees. The orange trees were heavy with fruit. There was one tree missing just southwest of the confluence, otherwise, the grove looked healthy and intact.
To the east, the view was of the Sierra Nevada. A plowed field, bordered Rd. 256. Beyond that, in the distance were foothills, golden in color, dotted with black or scrub oak trees. Beyond that loomed the Great Western Divide, with tops covered in snow.