23-Dec-2000 -- During Christmas break, Anna (my wife) and I decided to find one of the easier confluences that was close to our hometown, Springfield, MO.
So we loaded up the laptop, eTrex and camera and headed South West.
I played navigator and Anna played chauffeur. Joe (Anna's brother) sat in back and was just along for
We figured this would be one of the easier ones to get because it was only a few hundred meters from the road. TerraServer's Imagery showed it in the middle of a cornfield. (Imagine that, a confluence point being in the middle of a cornfield.)
Using Street Atlas USA 7.0, the laptop, and the GPS hooked together, we headed toward the point and hoped that we could find it easily.
Sure enough, the laptop and GPS had it right on the money. Well, we went past it and had to turn around and find a place along the road to park. We found a gate along a fence that had enough room for the car to be out of the road. So we parked the car and unhooked the GPS from the laptop, and headed for the point. We didn't see any farm houses around that looked like they were the owners of the land there, so we just headed through the gate and started hiking through the snow to the point. I had not really considered the fact that there was still 6-8 inches of snow on the ground from the big 14" snow a couple of weeks earlier.
I was the usual geek and took the lead with the GPS and they took their time and visited while I marched ahead. Picture #2 illustrates this.
At least the field was level and open. We arrived in less than five minutes or so.
Noticed the nice sunset and took a picture of that. (Picture #3)
I waited a few minutes for the GPS to stabilize. Had a good reading and had Joe take a picture of me holding the GPS at the confluence. (Picture #1)
I tried taking pictures of the GPS itself showing 39.00000N 94.00000W. But they all turned out blurry.
(If anyone knows the trick to taking pics so you can read the GPS, let me know.)
It was getting late and we needed to head back for dinner, so we hiked back out.
I am glad that we turned around on the way out. There was a great sunset. (Pictures #4 and #5)
I waited a few minutes for the sun to get lower for the last picture.
I think it was worth the wait.
Out of the three confluences I have done, this one was the easiest by far. I am glad this was the 1st confluence for Anna and Joe. (Joe got more of kick out of it than Anna. But I think they both had fun.)
The two others I have done are 39N 92W and 39N 93W. 39N 92W was not that tough, but 39N 93W was a bear. Check out the story for that one.