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United States : California

10.5 miles (16.9 km) ESE of Mojave, Kern, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 779 m (2555 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 62°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: East view #3: South view #4: West view into the sun #5: The GPS with the magical zeroes

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  35°N 118°W (visit #15)  

#1: North view

(visited by Scott Surgent)

23-May-2010 -- This confluence is easily (and often) visited since it is so close to a major state highway in the high desert of Southern California. I was passing through from Tehachapi, heading east toward Barstow, when I decided to take a few minutes to seek out and log this confluence.

I had my GPS turned on, and when it read 118.000 West, I found the small, unmarked dirt road immediately east of the meridian, and went south on it for a little over a mile to a track heading west. When I was very near the 118th meridian again, I parked and walked to the confluence.

The marker placed there by a previous visitor is still there. I zeroed out a couple meters to the northwest. The weather was sunny but very breezy and cool for late May. Since I was here late in the afternoon, my photos show the long shadows, as well as the glare looking west into the sun.

The hike itself took just a few minutes, and the entire journey from the main highway took just 20 minutes. Visiting this confluence does not require much of an effort, but it is an amusing way to break up a long drive.


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#3: South view
#4: West view into the sun
#5: The GPS with the magical zeroes
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