30-May-2004 -- Well, this was my first Confluence Project find, and it was pretty cool. After more than 400 geocache and benchmark finds, they are still fun to do, so you know this was a great experience! I had planned a full day of geocaching and benchmark hunting and since I just learned about confluences earlier this week, I was chompin’ at the bit. My plan was to leave home in Concord, NC and travel Southeast to Rockingham, picking up caches and benchmarks along the round trip. My route out was to take me down Highway 52 to Wadesboro anyway, so the confluence should be a piece of cake - and it was. After finding a cache south of Ansonville and another in Wadesboro, I headed up Highway 109, taking SR1711 over to the confluence. When I arrived at the scene, it was a very quiet Sunday morning. No neighbors about and no traffic on the road, so I pulled into the turnout for the pasture gate, which was closed of course. After taking a photo from the highway looking toward the confluence, I slipped under the fence and walked to 35°N 80°W. Then it was just a matter of getting the rest of the photos looking at the GPS unit and views North, South, East and West. I was happy that what I was looking at matched the photos of the previous finder. Pretty cool indeed! It was all fun except that I ran over and killed a rabbit over on Highway 109 and felt bad about it. That’s the only animal I’ve ever run over except for a dog 40 years ago - but the dog tumbled under the car and out the back , then got up and ran away!