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United States : Arkansas

2.2 miles (3.5 km) NW of Aplin, Perry, AR, USA
Approx. altitude: 247 m (810 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 35°S 87°E

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#2: Kay Anderson pointing to confluence #3: Overton Anderson, enjoying 15 seconds of fame #4: Warning sign posted by hunting club #5: More graphic warning by hunting club

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  35°N 93°W (visit #1)  

#1: View ESE along Entergy Corp. high voltage line right-of-way

(visited by Overton Anderson and Kay Anderson)

02-Jan-2000 -- Why do confluences like utility rights-of-way? Or is it vice-versa, that utility companies like confluences? Whatever, this one, which Kay and I visited, January 2, 2000, is just off an Entergy Corp. high voltage powerline easement. The views from the site consist largely of high voltage lines and steel support towers. If you prefer deer stands to power lines, one of those is in view as well.

Having satiated on football and black-eyed peas on New Year's Day 2000, we decided to locate this confluence which is about 50 miles northwest of Little Rock. We took the scenic route northwest out HW-10 to Perryville and then went west on HW-60 to Alpin, a wide spot in the road. We turned north on a gravel road, marked as the Casa-Alpin road. A timber company owns all the land in the area but leases hunting rights to L and F Hunting Club which has marked trees and rocks with purple paint every 50 feet or so along the road (in Arkansas that means the land is posted and not to be hunted or trespassed upon by non-members.) All of the side roads had locked gates with signs warning that trespassers would be prosecuted. Hunting season was over so we felt reasonably safe that the club members would neither mistake us for deer nor mind too much if we hunted a confluence on their lease. Besides, we weren't trespassing. We were on a confluence mission!

We had located the confluence on a USGS map before we left home. When the GPS said we were close, we parked on a turnout near where the power line crossed the road and walked a downgrade ESE along the easement. We did our best to ignore the hum and crackle of the electricity coursing through the lines above our heads. A slow drizzle began. The GPS pointed north for the confluence so we left the right-of-way after walking it for about 300 yards. We bushwhacked about 75 feet to a point along a treeline the GPS felt at home with and proclaimed it the confluence. We took a few photos to record the visit and trudged back uphill under the lines. We noticed that a pretty good marksman, we assume an L and F member, had sighted in a deer rifle on one of the metal "Danger: High Voltage" signs on a tower we passed near. The sign was liberally peppered with a number of holes, proving, once again, that good-ole-boys of the indigenous Arkansas redneck strain) will be good-ole-boys.


 All pictures
#1: View ESE along Entergy Corp. high voltage line right-of-way
#2: Kay Anderson pointing to confluence
#3: Overton Anderson, enjoying 15 seconds of fame
#4: Warning sign posted by hunting club
#5: More graphic warning by hunting club
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