the Degree Confluence Project

United States : California

27.8 miles (44.8 km) NW of Winterhaven, Imperial, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 158 m (518 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 33°S 65°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Quality: good

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

#2: The view south #3: The view north #4: The view west #5: Kneeling at the "shrine" #6: "Zeroed Out" #7: A memory of water

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  33°N 115°W (visit #7)  

#1: The view east

(visited by Max Sadler)

29-Oct-2006 -- This was my first confluence, and it was a great introduction because it was incredibly easy to get to. It's out in flat land, in between the Algodones Dunes - a vast sea of rolling dunes that seem to extend forever, with one side pristine while the other has been run roughshod over by countless ATVs and dirtbikes -- and the Chocolate Mountains. I pulled off of Hwy 78 when I was about 1.6 miles directly north of the confluence.

It was a little odd to be heading out into nameless, featureless land without any visual indication of the right direction to go; only a GPS could've gotten me to this nondescript spot. It was my first time following a GPS, and I spent most of the time with my eyes glued to the screen as I zig-zagged trying to keep on point.

I eventually found the confluence. It was neatly tucked in a natural alcove made by a large shrub, and I zeroed out right at a point that had been marked by a previous visitor's cairn. It reminded me of a shrine. Indeed, there was something oddly sacred about the place -- a hidden spot that would only ever be seen by those who were specifically looking for it. I felt joined to those who had been there before me, and connected to the infinite web of invisible lines that came together at the place I stood and streched out over the rest of the planet.

 All pictures
#1: The view east
#2: The view south
#3: The view north
#4: The view west
#5: Kneeling at the "shrine"
#6: "Zeroed Out"
#7: A memory of water
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