10-Apr-2011 -- My family and I were traveling from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Washington DC for the last day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We left early in the morning and stopped by to visit this confluence before heading downtown. We had no trouble following Garmin directions to parking close to the confluence.
I had not viewed any previous visits to this confluence so I had no idea what to expect. Our first attempt at parking was in the nearby community pool. From that parking lot we could see that closer parking was available at the nearby Flower Branch Apartments which was also the location of the confluence.
The apartment complex was quiet when we pulled into one of the few remaining parking spots at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning. The actual confluence is located in the middle of one of the apartment buildings. I walked around the confluence building to find the side which would allow me to get closest to the confluence. The closest reading I was able to get was on the north side of the building in a landscaped corner garden with some spring flowers just beginning to pop up. I did not want to spend too much time in close proximity to the building which no doubt had people sleeping peacefully on the other side of the brick wall. Perhaps one of the tenants was lucky enough to be sleeping directly on top of the confluence?
I marked a waypoint in the corner of the building closest to the confluence and stepped back onto the sidewalk to photograph the surrounding area. I went back to the confluence corner and posed for my first of many planned confluence phoons. I walked around the confluence building for a second time and paused as I crossed the 39 N parallel and the 77 W meridian. As we pulled out of the apartment complex and I saw a sign for the rental office I thought about planning a future trip with permission and assistance from the apartment owners to get up on the roof of the building to be even closer to confluence.
This is my second intentional and successful visit to a degree confluence and was quite a different experience than my first visit to 34°N 80°W. We had a great afternoon walking around the National Mall and enjoying the beautiful views of the cherry blossoms.