22-May-2018 -- When I’m forced to register a Degree Confluence Point visit as ‘incomplete’, it often doesn’t really bother me, because I had already half expected to fail (e.g., because the point lies within private property). But when I approach a point fully expecting to be able to visit it, but then unexpectedly fail, it torments me. Such was the case with this point, which I first attempted one year ago (during my visit to the Saint Louis area). At that time, the area had undergone significant flooding, and I found - unexpectedly - that the access road to this point was cut off by flooding.
So, being in the area once again, I felt compelled to try once again. Like last year, there had been significant recent rain in the area; would the point be cut off yet again? As I drove to the point, I was pleased to find dry, passable roads everywhere; it was a pleasure to drive past the spot (1.36 miles from the point) where the road had been submerged by flooding one year earlier.
The point lies in vegetation down the side of a levee - about 20 feet from the top. I was able to get ‘all zeros’ without getting my shoes wet. And I was able to send up a drone to get aerial views of the area.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.