22-Mar-2013 -- This confluence trek well illustates the value of re-visiting these points. Unexpectedly, this point turned out to be markedly different this time from my previous visits here. I was in the area for the purpose of planning a summer institute in geotechnologies with my colleagues, and therefore a confluence visit seemed like the perfect way to end a fruitful week of discussions focused on GIS and GPS. I had intended to meet an old friend but that wasn't looking likely now and thus I had 90 minutes in which to make a dash for 33 97. Dash is a misnomer for this point: The jumble of freeways and roads near here always seem busy with traffic.
Interestingly I have never visited this point under sunny skies. It has always been gloomy here but perhaps more today than on my previous visits. Still, I could see continued attempts to enliven this formerly secured work facility to make it friendly to office renters. The trails were still in ill repair but the shrubs, buildings, and parking lots looked spruced up. When I arrived in the parking lot, the most noticeable change was that the low building to the north of the point had been torn down, leaving only grass behind. But the greatest thing of all was that the name of the office park, which formerly was only on the sign on the road leading into the office park, Convergence, was now emblazoned in huge letters on the building in plain view of the confluence. If there is any more suitable sign anywhere in the world at a confluence, it was hard to imagine it.
I found the point with no problem in a few minutes, and was only on site about 15 minutes. It was good to be back and document the changes that have taken place. I was pleased to reflect on my half dozen points now clustered in northeast Texas. Each is unique and I have endeavored to tell their full story. It was lightly raining now but the temperature was near 65 F. A few office workers stood 40 meters to the northwest of me now but paid no attention to me wandering around in the grass trying to zero out my unit. Since today my unit was only my phone and not my GPS unit, I couldn't completely zero it out as I typically do on GPS but was happy to be here. As it turned out, I would have flight issues at DFW airport but it was a great day nonetheless. I doubted I would return to this point in the future but I have had some very pleasant visits here. But who knows? It is a great point to introduce someone to confluencing, as it is so easy to reach. My span of visits goes back nearly ten years. Get out there and explore the world!