12-Dec-2004 -- This confluence appeared near a cluster of geocaches that I was hunting in the area. Up from Concord on a weekend campout at Rollingview Campground at the Falls Lake recreation Area, I started in Raleigh on Saturday morning, then moved on to the Durham area later that day. Having just hunted three nearby geocaches, the one at this confluence was the last in this neck of the woods, but when I got to the confluence I couldn’t find the geocache.
Well, to back up a bit, I’ll tell you how I got in there in the first place. I took a different route into this confluence than the other finders did. Although I read about the other ways in, I chose to park on Kerley Road and bushwack in. Upon leaving the vehicle, I immediately encountered the growth that I could see from the road that covered the knoll on the way in. It was slow going, but the stuff was only hip-high and just sparse enough that I could pick my way through it, slowly zig-zagging until I got to the woods on the other side of the knoll. It was clear sailing from the edge of the woods in to the confluence. It took me about 10 minutes for the GPSr to settle in to 79/36. I then took the required photographs. The sun was shining, so it was very easy to get good photos, what with the contrasting shadows. After taking all of the photos, I looked for the cache, but did not find it. When I got home, I emailed the cache owner and found out that the cache was actually right where I had set my backpack down. It was under the thing that I set the backpack on! I took a little different way back to my vehicle. I was standing on the old logging road when I took the distance photo of the confluence, so noticing that the road headed in the general direction of the highway, I followed it up to a residence, but since there were people out and about I cut back over that side of the knoll through the growth that I encountered on the way in. About halfway out, I came upon three deer lying in the cover and when they made a run for it they were only about 20 feet from me, so I got quite a scare! This was my second confluence find, having done 35N 80W about a year ago.