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United States : New York

5.6 miles (9.0 km) S of Downsville, Delaware, NY, USA
Approx. altitude: 595 m (1952 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 105°E

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#2: At the confluence.  Camera focused on rock, not GPS (perils of digital cameras). #3: At the confluence looking west. #4: At the confluence looking north. #5: "Bear's den" (well, almost) at the confluence.  Small cave on the hillside formed by a boulder.

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  42°N 75°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking south.  Icy rain falling, making crystals on the branches.

(visited by Lucien Van Elsen)

03-Mar-2000 -- As soon as I found this website I thought it would be a fun thing to do on a Saturday -- one which turned out to be rainy. I chose this particular confluence because it was the nearest to the NY metro area that hadn't yet been visited. It looked like it might be in an interesting area, just inside the border of the Adirondack State Park, yet accessible -- not too far from a major freeway. I printed out a set of topographic maps and loaded the waypoint and street detail into my GPS and away I went. It's hard to believe that it's only a couple hours' drive from NYC, because it gave me a really rural, Midwest feeling -- tractor dealerships, farms, small towns, Walmarts, more pickups than BMWs -- very different. (I stopped in Walmart on my way up to pick up one of the new dollar coins, but they had already run out.)

I found the right exit and the right road without too much trouble and proceeded to a point where I thought I would park and make my quarter mile trek into the woods. But then I saw another newly built dirt road that wasn't on the map. It was just a couple hundred feet along, leading in the direction I needed to go, curving back parallel to the road I was on. It looks like developers are still in the early stages of carving up this hillside into another row of summer houses. I knew it was the invasion of the summer people because these houses had no chimneys and were smaller than the other few old farmhouses on the road. I parked my car along this road, much closer than I thought I would be able to drive and walked another 400 feet into the woods and down a moderate hill until my GPS told me I was at the confluence. I took my pictures near a rock ledge near a small cave, then proceeded back up the hill past one of the houses in progress and returned to my car. I went back along the road and circled two or three times, passing a point that was labeled on the topographical map as an air shaft for the NYC aqueduct, but the location was actually on top of an embankment with quite a number of "Do not trespass" penalties posted, so I decided not to investigate further, though it would have been interesting, and headed home.


 All pictures
#1: Looking south. Icy rain falling, making crystals on the branches.
#2: At the confluence. Camera focused on rock, not GPS (perils of digital cameras).
#3: At the confluence looking west.
#4: At the confluence looking north.
#5: "Bear's den" (well, almost) at the confluence. Small cave on the hillside formed by a boulder.
#6: Looking west at my car. Confluence about 400 feet into the woods.
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