15-Apr-2000 -- Well I planned to work on Saturday
all day but finished early. With nothing else to do I programmed the GPS
for 39x122 and headed out. It was only 27 miles away. From the maps on
the degree confluence web site it looked like it was just a short
distance off the road. Near a small town called College City.
I drove up 5 towards the confluence and got off the freeway at the
College City exit. It was a beautiful day in the San Joaquin Valley, and
I was listening to baseball out of San Francisco. My first inkling of a
problem came when I was still looking for College City and the arrow on
the GPS said I passed the confluence. I turned around and looked for a
town of some sort. Actually it was more of a cemetery. So past that I
was heading for the Confluence again and I seemed to run out of road.
Well not the dirt kind, the paved kind. So after a couple thousand yards
of dirt road, passing by many farm fields I came to a fallow field that
had not been planted yet. I parked and walked across the hard soil and
there right in the middle of this empty field is the confluence. I'm
lucky it was empty it could have just as easily been planted with
something and been difficult to cross.
From the confluence there is a nice view of the Sutter Buttes, an old
eroded volcano core about 10 miles to the northeast.