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United States : California

2.3 miles (3.7 km) NE of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 67 m (219 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 58°E

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#2: Rap-Master Leneb, chillin' wit da new GPS #3: Deb Scouts the terrain for signs of those lines you see all over the maps… #4: We skinned a furby in honor of the occasion. #5: The tribe at the confluence. #6: Digital Proof that the military gets better accuracy than we can

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  37°N 122°W (visit #1)  

#1: The confluence from afar

(visited by Spencer Lindsay, Len Borruso and Deborah Lindsay)

01-Aug-1999 -- Spencer emilioed, he had located the confluence point. Practically in his backyard. On a nearby golf course. Deb zoned in on the project and we picked a day for me to drive into Aptos from San Francisco.

The evening prior to our attempt we studied the area from a great topo CD which not only gives exact points but can also almost instantly render a 3D elevation map between any two points the user selects. We tooled around with a compass and printed topo maps and were ready to hit the links.

The topo map did not delineate between fire roads and regular paved roads so it took us a few minutes to find a hidden trail whose unmarked opening lay across a stretch of fairway. Golfers take this to be sacred land, we however, don’t.

We discovered a really cool Redwood grove which Spencer was sure was the home of the confluence. I wavered due to the above mentioned delineation problem. "Shouldn’t this trail meet the road, like on the map?" There was only one thing to do: Fake a GPS reading on a Palm Pilot through digital manipulation of an innocent Palm Pilot picture. Anyway, this was our original plan but we were too racked with guilt so we got back in the Bug. There was only one thing to do: Buy a GPS.

We traveled down to West Marine. Picked up a good high-end GPS and headed back to the course. Lo and behold, after once again frantically running across the fairway, Spencer’s initial instinct was proved correct by at least three military satellites working in concert, spotting us and triangulating us in this pristine Redwood grove. The reading didn’t last long though; Redwoods have there own agenda when it comes to GPS readings and our new gadget soon read "Poor Coverage" but not before our digital pics were saved and stored at 37N 122W. A nice place to be.


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#1: The confluence from afar
#2: Rap-Master Leneb, chillin' wit da new GPS
#3: Deb Scouts the terrain for signs of those lines you see all over the maps…
#4: We skinned a furby in honor of the occasion.
#5: The tribe at the confluence.
#6: Digital Proof that the military gets better accuracy than we can
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