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
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.