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United States : Louisiana

5.0 miles (8.1 km) E of Holum, Caldwell, LA, USA
Approx. altitude: 44 m (144 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 32°S 88°E

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#2: orange flag #3: compass and gps at the confluence #4: cemetery at hike starting point #5: inside the cemetery

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  32°N 92°W (visit #2)  

#1: looking north

(visited by David Mower)

29-Apr-2001 -- Sunday

I was in Lafayette, LA for meetings but had today free. It would probably be my one and only chance to look for confluences. The geology, geography and botany are quite different than what I’m used to on the Colorado Plateau and in the Great Basin in the Western United States. N32 W092 took some looking. The last town I went through was Holum, then it was out onto the back roads, of which there are many, many, many. I finally chose to park next to a small private cemetery.

I had never hiked through thick undergrowth like this! Some of the small trees had thorns. There were many spider webs. As I was walking it seemed that I had read someone else’s writing about a similar experience. When I got to the confluence there was a small orange flag. Apparently I wasn’t the first to visit.

I had both a compass and my GPS, but I found that I use dead reckoning more than I had known. The problem is, in dense woods like these, dead reckoning doesn’t work! I was temporarily disoriented, but when I settled down and used my equipment, I was fine.

A bad day exploring is still better than any other day!


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#1: looking north
#2: orange flag
#3: compass and gps at the confluence
#4: cemetery at hike starting point
#5: inside the cemetery
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