14-Jan-2001 -- He said:
Having seen the reference to the Confluence project on /.
and looking for a stress free day, Anne and I grabbed driving
instructions to 29Nx96W from MapBlast and jumped in the car.
We left Houston heading South on US 59 to Texas 60 where we
headed towards Bay City. As we approached Bay City we were looking for
the road MapBlast had given us as the next turn. Unable to find Cole
road we 'followed' the GPS and came to a dead end at the entrance to a
field, complete with gate and cattle guard.
Not wanting to give up that easily, we decided to head back
to Texas 60 and ask directions. The first place we stopped presented
us with a well used, but informative, map that showed us how to find the
road we had been looking for. Back to the car.
About a mile North we found Cole Road and turned West. A
couple of miles down the road, we found a sign (photo 6) pointing us in
the right direction. At the back of the subdivision, we found a very
nice house (photo 2) and the GPS told us the confluence was right behind
We parked, walked around back, and after about ½ hour
of Anne moving the GPS around, waiting, moving the GPS, etc (photo 3),
we got this shot (photo 4) of the unit showing the confluence, then set
up the camera to take this shot (photo 5) of us and this shot (photo 1)
of the Colorado River from the
All in all, a very pleasent day.
Ok, so, Sunday is mine and Jeff's date day. We both try to think of
neat or interesting things to do on Sunday. Some Sundays are just
better than others. This one was grand.
Jeff isn't one for missing details and locating this integer
intersection was his idea. So, we went well prepared. He made sure we
had my GPS unit, his digital camera, road maps and detailed directions
that would get us within 300 ft of the intersection. Like I said, Jeff
just doesn't miss details.
It turned out one of the roads on the route wasn't properly marked
and we did miss it. That worked out because we had some fun letting
just the GPS unit guide us. When we encountered a dead end we turned
around and visited a local EZ Mart. They had rest rooms and a map of
the immediate area. Everything we needed. I visited the ladies room,
Jeff found our misnamed street. We were off. We found the 300 ft point
without any other problems.
I didn't realize just how precise a spot an integer intersection
might be. We had five or six satellites reporting at that location and
we'd get our zero's for a second and then the unit would start polling
the satellites again. We only got exact zero's about once every seven
minutes at first. The waiting was both fun and challenging. Every time
the satellites did agree we were at an integer intersection there was
this neat feeling of success and... a huge rush to get a picture before
the GPS unit started it's polling the satellites again. We were really
pleased with every picture we got of those zero's.
Anne & Jeff
Coordinator's Note: The landowner has requested to not visit this confluence anymore. No future visits to this confluence will be posted.