09-Jan-2000 -- It all began when geographer daughter,
Jody Holton Krom, e-mailed the TopoZone URL. That led us to the Degree
Confluence Project. Perusing, we discovered that our nearest confluence is
right on a road ... an easy quest!
On a crisp winter Sunday, we headed north from our home in Bethlehem
into the coal country of Pennsylvania. We took Rte 309 N to just outside
Hazleton. There we found Old Turnpike Road, which descends the north
side of a typical PA ridge named Butler Mountain.
The GPS confirmed that we were on the mark. The actual confluence is
on the north side of Old Turnpike Road, where Donna is standing in Picture 1.
From his vantage point across the road, Ray took pictures in all directions.
Out of sight up the mountain, a dog (if not vicious, at least vigilant) barked
A few hundred feet down the road was a crumbled overpass which the
topo map tells us is a rail line remnant... presumably one of many coal carriers
which laced this region not so long ago. With an eye to the map, we found
history visible in layers.
Objective achieved, we headed home. Thanks to the Degree Confluence
Project for a great day!