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United States : California

9.2 miles (14.8 km) WSW of Los Banos, Merced, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 182 m (597 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 59°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the West #4: View to the South #5: Shot of the eMap at the Confluence. #6: Hmmm, if I had a kayak… #7: So, why do they put these confluences out here in the middle of nowhere?

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  37°N 121°W (visit #7)  

#1: View to the East

(visited by Brent Bolen and Jack Gnome)

06-Jul-2005 -- My intrepid copilot, Jack (picture #7), and I visited 37N 121W the morning of July 6th. We first tried to approach the confluence from the north on Jasper Sears Road, but found that it was still blocked by a gate 2.2 miles from the confluence. We next tried approaching from the east, on Billy Wright Road. This got us to about a mile from the confluence. We parked by the gate, and hopped the fence for the walk to the confluence. Like the previous visitors, we kept to the low ground walking to the confluence, rather than trying to take the more hilly "as the crow flies" route. Once we got close, it was a short climb up a hill on the south side of the gully to the actual confluence, which is just short of the top of the hill. Picture #5 shows the GPS at the confluence. Pictures #1-4 show the views from the confluence to the east, north, west, and south respectably.

On the way back, we took a little short cut and followed the maintenance road for the power lines. This added just a little more climbing to the walk, but was a much shorter distance. If a future visitor wants to try this on the way to the confluence, they just need to climb the fence at the top of the first hill after the gate, and follow the power lines toward the southwest.

On the way back home, we stopped at the California Aqueduct (Picture #6), and were thinking, if we had a boat, we could float south and hit a couple of more confluences…


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#1: View to the East
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the South
#5: Shot of the eMap at the Confluence.
#6: Hmmm, if I had a kayak…
#7: So, why do they put these confluences out here in the middle of nowhere?
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