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United States : Alabama

0.9 miles (1.4 km) SW of Gadsden, Etowah, AL, USA
Approx. altitude: 154 m (505 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 94°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The "swimming hole" to the south #3: The view to the west, across the Coosa River #4: The muddy peninsula onto which Sharon had to venture can be seen looking east #5: Sharon, safely back on solid sand, displays the GPS device #6: Here is Orlando, with a river boat in the background, several hundred feet north of the confluence point

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  34°N 86°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking north from the confluence point

(visited by Sharon Hernandez and Orlando Hernandez)

11-Feb-2001 -- We had traveled from our home in Louisville, Kentucky, to Greensboro, Alabama, for an unexpected family gathering on this February weekend. We decided that on the drive home, we would attempt to identify a degree confluence. After checking the pending confluences list (we learned our lesson the hard way, Sharon had been a few days short for confluence 38N 85W), we realized that the confluence in Gadsden, Alabama, remained available.

We obtained maps, and saw that our destination was immediately off I-59. However, it seemed to fall quite close to the shoreline of the Coosa River. We wondered if we would have to get wet to obtain this confluence, and left Greensboro hoping for the best.

Upon our arrival to Gadsden, we parked at a local WalMart, headed for the river, and walked southward. As we watched our north-south GPS coordinate improve, we began to experience some doubt as to whether we would stay dry for this confluence ... the riverbanks seemed to be ending, about 40 steps too far to the east!

Then, as if placed there intentionally, a sticky peninsula of thick mud appeared and jutted into the river exactly at the latitude in question. With the squishy mud threatening to swallow her shoes, Sharon carefully took the needed steps to secure the confluence. Thankfully, the water level of the river was low, otherwise this would have been an "attempted," instead of a successful, visit. It was too cold to go swimming!

As an aside, we also successfully found two Geocaches on the way home, one in Birmingham, Alabama, and one in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was certainly an eventful day!


 All pictures
#1: Looking north from the confluence point
#2: The "swimming hole" to the south
#3: The view to the west, across the Coosa River
#4: The muddy peninsula onto which Sharon had to venture can be seen looking east
#5: Sharon, safely back on solid sand, displays the GPS device
#6: Here is Orlando, with a river boat in the background, several hundred feet north of the confluence point
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the Coosa River, about 45 m from the eastern bank.