07-Aug-2009 -- This is my first confluence visit in the state of Missouri. Cheryl and I were here for a square dance weekend at Osage Beach on Lake of the Ozarks. We flew to St. Louis on Thursday and met Rogbarn, a fellow geodasher, and his wife for dinner and a dash. On Friday we drove from the St. Louis area to Lake of the Ozarks by way of 39N92W
From I-70 we drove north about 3 miles on MO-M to Sunshine Road. A few yards short of 92W we turned north onto a driveway that ended at a small one-story house. I knocked on the door and was greeted by a pleasant lady who told me the location I described on the other side of the fence was not on her property, but she was certain that the owner would not mind if I went over there and took some pictures. She volunteered to have her son open the gate (apparently they have a key to the padlock) and let us drive through to the other side. Her (I would guess junior high age) son, Caleb, hopped on his bicycle and led us to the gate and on to an out building (visible in photo #4
in the view to the south) where we parked. Caleb joined me for the approximately 100 yard walk across the long grassy pasture. We chatted as we dodged cow pies. I asked him how he liked living in this very rural environment. He indicated it was OK, but he liked the city better. We passed a small pond on our right (east) and stepped over an old barbed wire fence a few yards before reaching the zero point (photo #5
). The trees in photo #2
prevent seeing Caleb’s house east of the confluence. I quickly took the requisite photos and we returned to our respective vehicles. I thanked Caleb for his assistance, told him to thank his mother, and we continued on our journey south.