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United States : North Carolina

5.7 miles (9.2 km) W of Durham (Durham), Orange, NC, USA
Approx. altitude: 106 m (347 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 101°E

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#2: Looking North from the confluence point #3: Looking South from the confluence point #4: Looking East from the confluence point #5: Looking West from the confluence point #6: GPS shot #7: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

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  36°N 79°W (visit #2)  

#1: The end of this branch marks the confluence point

(visited by Kenneth Girodias)

12-Jul-2002 -- My friend (Greg Platek) and I left from work to go to this confluence point. This was actually my second trip to this confluence point. The confluence point is in Duke Forest.

After dropping my car off at his house, we headed out. We got about a quarter of a mile from the point on roads, but in a residentual area (Taproot Lane). Not wanting to park on this road and walk through yards to get to the point, we settled on parking in the parking lot of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, which is on Mt. Sinai Rd. This put us about .55 miles from the target.

We headed into the woods behind the church, but soon discovered that the residential area was still between us and the confluence point. Instead of taking a wide detour around the houses, we decided to get on Taproot Lane and see if we could find a wooded area between the houses. After a short walk on the road, about a quarter of a mile, we found a dry creek heading into the woods, perfect! Just before we jumped down into the creek, we saw a deer in front of us and also heard a lot of movement to our right. We never did see the second animal. At this point we were about .3 miles away.

We followed the creek for a short distance, then headed into the woods. Along the way we saw two animal skeletons. One was definately a deer, the other had very large leg bones. This was probably the horse skeleton mentioned by the previous group. We got to the actual confluence point very quickly and without any problems. We zeroed in on the exact coordinates, took a couple pictures of the GPS and then took pictures of the surrounding area facing North, South, East, and West. We also dragged a limb over and put it over the confluence point and took a picture of that.

After taking pictures we headed out. We headed back in the general direction we came and came upon a trail. We followed this trail heading back toward the general direction of the church. To our surprize, the trail ended up in someone's driveway! We debated turning around, but instead quickly walked up the driveway to the road. On the way back, we stopped and took some pictures of the church, walked across the parking lot to the car and drove off.


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#1: The end of this branch marks the confluence point
#2: Looking North from the confluence point
#3: Looking South from the confluence point
#4: Looking East from the confluence point
#5: Looking West from the confluence point
#6: GPS shot
#7: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
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