02-Jan-2000 -- This confluence - like the two
confluences ([37,-120] and [38,-121]) lined up diagonally to its
north-west - lies on the eastern edge of California's fertile "Central
Valley", a few miles south of the town of Porterville. And, as with
[38,-121], the highway designers have made it very easy to visit this
confluence - because Tulare County "Road 256" runs north-south directly
along longitude 119. So, reaching this confluence was easy: I just
drove northwards along Road 256 until I reached the confluence. I like
to take a photo of my GPS display when I visit a confluence point, and
this time I was able to set my GPS receiver along the road's center
line! (See photo 1. Unfortunately the photo was blurred - perhaps in
my haste to ensure I didn't get run over!)
It turns out that the confluence occurs less than 100 yards before
Road 256 ends at a T-junction with "Road 252". This junction is shown
in photo 2, which is a view northwards from the confluence point.
Commercial orange groves were displaced from southern California's
"Orange County" years ago, but here in the Central Valley, there are
still many orange groves - including several near the confluence point.
Photo 3 shows an orange grove located just to the west of the confluence
point (i.e., along the side of Road 256).