19-May-2001 -- This was truly a family project! My dad, Mark, found out about the Degree Confluence Project over the Internet. He thought it would be fun to document this particular intersection since it was close to my grandparents’ home and we could visit.
We prepared for the visit by printing street, topographical, and aerial maps of the intersection from the Confluence web site and by borrowing a GPS device from Mr. Mike Henderson, a surveyor here in Clemson, South Carolina. My dad borrowed a digital camera from his office. With these items plus a compass and a regular camera, my mom, Sharon, and my sister, Sara Beth, and I hit the road to my grandparents' house in Polkton, North Carolina, on Friday, May 18th, 2001.
When we arrived, my grandparents, Jimmy and Myrtle Caudle, had already gotten permission from the land owners for us to visit. We arrived at the site around 9:00 am on Saturday morning, the 19th. A total of seven people (and four horses) walked over the fenced-in horse pasture. My mom, my sister, and I were joined by my grandparents and by my aunt, Becky Martin, and my cousin, Kyle Martin. My granddad drove to almost the exact spot in the pasture just by looking at the maps. I then turned on the GPS device and walked around until it read directly on the intersection. It took several minutes each time I moved the GPS device for it to average the readings from three
satellites, and we spent 30 minutes trying to get rid of the +1’s and -1’s that popped up after averaging and to finally get the exact intersection. My mom and grandmom took pictures while I was checking for the exact spot, and my sister and cousin played with the horses.