20-May-2000 -- The confluence of 43°N and 76°W is located
only about 12 miles (as the birds fly) from my home so it was not much of a
trip for my visit on 20 May 2000. I reached the confluence shortly after
noon on a drizzly, overcast and cool (even for May in central New York)
Saturday. Fortunately, the drizzle stopped by the time I reached the area
in which I would have to park the car and start my short trek to the actual
I knew from my mapping software that the confluence was less than
650 feet west of Troop K Road, but was quite surprised, and pleased, to
find that at the spot where I would need to park the car, there was a
large clearing used for dumping brush and grass clippings from the golf
course across the road and discarded Christmas trees from
neighborhood homes. Naturally, I took advantage of this
"parking lot" which enabled me to get the car to only 500
feet from my destination. I then started my short climb up a gradual slope
through a typical central New York deciduous maple/beech forest to the
confluence. With the help of my GPS receiver I had no problem zeroing
in on the location, just a couple of feet east of a large fallen tree.
Everything went smoothly and without major incident -- the drizzle had
stopped, the satellites were cooperating and the woods was not too wet
or thick with underbrush, although I did manage to stumble over some
fallen branches a couple of times.
As mentioned above, the confluence is located in a wooded area on
a gradual, east facing slope, about 650 feet west of Troop K Road.
There is a golf course located across the road and the club house is
adjacent to the wooded area, about 2/10 of a mile north of the
confluence. I didn't see a soul playing golf, but the club house parking
lot sure was packed!!!! The confluence is located 1.2 miles almost due
west from the center of the village of Manlius, Onondaga County, New
York. Manlius is an historic village, dating from the mid 1700's, about
10 miles southeast of Syracuse. Most of the surrounding area is
residential, with a few small dairy farms to the south and west, and
scattered areas of woodland.
The two photos of the woods pretty much describe the view in all
directions: a tranquil wooded area. The altitude shown on the GPS
(see picture #3) of 654 feet is about 50 feet too high, according to the
USGS topo map of the area.
14-Apr-2001 -- Anton Ninno has placed a
geocache at this confluence.