08-Apr-2001 -- He said:
Sunday April 8th was a glorious day in East Texas so Anne and I decided to go get another confluence rather then sit in front of our computers. As we were getting a late start, we elected to visit one of the near by attempted sites, specifically 30N X 95W.
We left Houston on I10 East but were getting hungry so we stopped for breakfast at about 3:00pm. After we were tanked up, we headed towards Dayton. It was a nice drive and we had no problems with the directions from MapBlast until we came to the dirt access road. MapBlast had it listed by name but the only sign documented it as a 'CO' (county road) with a number. After a false start down one road, we went back to the concrete and found the proper route.
The road started off as a good dirt road, but as we approached the confluence its quality declined. This wasn't a problem as Anne can get her little car into, and out of, some amazing places. Near the end of county road 6042 we came to the field where the confluence is located. The ground was dry, no crop was in the field, it was not posted and it looked quite hikable. We left the car .23 miles from the confluence and started walking.
I had the GPS and was breaking trail while Anne followed with the camera. We stopped a couple of times on the way in so Anne could take some pictures (picture 2) but walked right up to the confluence. It looked like the farmer had been there before us as there were tracks that ran right across the confluence point (picture 4). I got a north (picture 3) and an east shot (picture 4), one of Anne at the confluence (picture 5) and the GPS shot (picture 6). Picture 1 is a shot of both of us, sitting on the confluence.
The drive back into town was done "hunt and peck" as we didn't bother with the directions, but we made it back in time for a good dinner and an evening at home with a movie. All in all, an excellent way to spend a lazy spring Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, April 8th, we decided to see if we could get the confluence at 30°N 95°W. This confluence is only a little more than an hour from our home. Today, close to home was good. We knew that Craig Davidson had attempted to reach it on 30-Jul-2000. We could only hope that conditions would allow us to reach it today. We took a short detour and had a good breakfast before we made the drive to the location.
Our map gave us street names. When we got near the area all the streets were marked with their county road designations only. It made getting the right road a bit challenging. The gps unit and the mileage provided by map blast were our guides.
The county road became a dirt road before we reached the confluence. In wet weather we would have needed the truck to make the drive. Today, we were able to drive to a location .23 miles from the confluence.
The field was fallow and we saw no reason not to get the confluence this time. I had forgotten my tennis shoes and was a little worried that my negligence would cost us our group shot. I was wrong. Jeff broke trail and the walk was not a problem. We were at the confluence within minutes.
I took more pictures than ever before and had fun playing with Jeff's digital camera.
At the confluence the memory in the gps unit hit 100% and even though we had nine satellites and only a 12' error the gps unit quit updating. We had to clear the memory so we could get a good reading. That meant that we lost the track back to the main road. We did have the car and home marked. We could see the car from the confluence anyway. We told the gps that we wanted to go home and used it until we were back in familiar territory.
It was grand fun and a good day.
Anne & Jeff