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United States : Missouri

2.5 miles (4.0 km) W of Odessa, Lafayette, MO, USA
Approx. altitude: 256 m (839 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 86°E

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#2: Garmin eTrex showing 39N 94W #3: Hay bailer used as a tri-pod for self-portrait 20ft. away #4: Looking NNW from 39N 94W #5: Honey Bee on Red Clover surrounding 39N 94W

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  39°N 94°W (visit #1)  

#1: Steve at 39N 94W

(visited by Steve Brown and Mary Brown)

16-Jul-2000 -- Yesterday Mary and I visited confluence 39N 95W. As I started to get out of the van, I discovered I had forgotten my camera. We decided to try again tomorrow. When we returned home I discovered that Carl Molinari had already visited this confluence. So, we began to plan our route to confluence 39N 94W. I printed out the Street Atlas and Arial Photo maps of the area and down loaded the route into my eTrex.

The next morning we got up early, stopped at McDonald's for a quick breakfast and headed for Odessa, Missouri about an hour away. As we arrived as close as we could get on County Road 421, we saw two doe deer with two fawns grazing at the edge of the woods across the field. When I got out to take their picture, they ran off into the woods. I took a bearing from the road and it looked like the confluence was about a 1/4 mile out in the middle of a 40 acre red clover field.

As I walked through the red clover, I noticed that there were millions of honey bees working on the blossoms (photo #5). Since I was wearing shorts, I begin to get a little nervous about the bees. They were busy with their work and left me alone. When I approached the site, it looked like a hay bailer (photo #3) was sitting on the spot, but as I begin to move carefully to zero the GPS unit (photo #2), the confluence was about 20 feet away. I used the hay bailer for a tri-pod to take the self-portrait (photo #1). At this point a summer shower begin, so I had to hurry and get the remainder of the photos.

When I arrived back at the van, Mary had to check me over for ticks. We found three big ones (photo #6). About a mile down the road, we had to stop and get another one off before he bit me. We had a great time and are already planning our next confluence adventure.

Note: This confluence now has a geocache. More information at http://home.sprintmail.com/~steve/GPS.


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#1: Steve at 39N 94W
#2: Garmin eTrex showing 39N 94W
#3: Hay bailer used as a tri-pod for self-portrait 20ft. away
#4: Looking NNW from 39N 94W
#5: Honey Bee on Red Clover surrounding 39N 94W
#6: 1 of 4 ticks I accumulated while visting site
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