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United States : South Carolina

2.0 miles (3.3 km) WSW of Ashton, Colleton, SC, USA
Approx. altitude: 33 m (108 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 99°E

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#2: etrex reading

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#1: At the confluence

(visited by Andrew M. Gribble)

24-Mar-2001 -- It was a warm, sunny day as I left home for my first confluence. I had every reason to think that it was going to be a good day and a great experience. After a quick stop for lunch off of I-95, I left the interstate and headed northwest.

There are no paved public roads closer than 3/4 mile from the confluence, so I wandered around for a while, and ended up on an unmarked dirt road north of the confluence, which soon turned into a dirt track through the woods. With thoughts of the film Deliverance running through my mind, I parked the car and struck off on foot. The GPS said I was .6 miles from the confluence. "Heck," I thought, "this shouldn't be too hard."

What followed was a trek through some of the most demanding terrain through which I have ever hiked. I was attacked by thorny bushes with almost every step, and forced to make my way through branches and vines so thick that at times that I couldn't see more than a foot or so in front of me. I considered giving up on more than one occasion, but something inside me told me to press on. Besides, to go back would have meant going back through the dense jungle I had just come through.

With the hope that I wouldn't find myself at the dangerous end of a shotgun after stumbling across a backwoods still, I forged ahead. I found a couple roads (not much more than dirt tracks, really) which I was able to use to get closer to the confluence. Finally I neared the confluence, and once again had to plunge into the forest towards my goal.

In a small clearing, I found the confluence. There it was, just waiting for me. I took a few snapshots, celebrated with a bottle of lukewarm water, and got the hell out of there.

The trip back to the car went a lot faster, and once back at the relative saftety of my vehicle, I pondered whether I would have attempted to reach this confluence had I known what was in store for me. "No, probably not," I concluded. But what the hell, it was over, and I had reached my destination and made it back without losing any limbs or getting shot at. And so with arms and legs covered with scratch marks, wet shoes and a ruined pair of socks, I drove off, hoping that the next one would go a lot more smoothly...


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