01-Oct-2021 -- While returning to the San Francisco Bay Area from Bakersfield, I made a short detour to visit one of the world’s easiest Degree Confluence Points. I had visited this point twice before (the last time more than twelve years ago), but I wanted to get a ‘drone’s eye’ view of the point. As I drove north from Bakersfield, I almost canceled this visit, because the air was thick with smoke from forest fires in nearby Sequoia National Park. But I decided that I should launch my drone even in such poor conditions, because it was worthwhile to document reality, however unpleasant. As I drove north from Bakersfield, I passed several oil wells, and couldn’t help but note the irony that it’s the burning of fossil fuels that has contributed to forest fires becoming more frequent in recent years.
I hope to visit this point yet again sometime in the future when the air is clear, so I can get a better aerial views of the surrounding countryside.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.