04-Aug-2002 -- This confluence at 40N 121W is in the Plumas National Forest a few miles northeast of Quincy, CA. I believe it lies in the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. A sign (see photo #4) on the road announces this fact. The previous visitors approached from the west on CA 70 with snow in the air. We approached from the southeast on CA 89 on a sunny summer day. Our experience, however, was much the same. I parked Emma (my Explorer) near the sign indicating we were at "Rubble Gulch" (photo #5). Jan, who was still nursing a broken ankle, stayed in Emma while I made my way the .2 mile or so up the gulch to the confluence. The tall trees (photo #1) of the dense forest made it difficult to get a zero reading on the GPSR. I did get it to read all zeros (photo #6) coincidentally while it was resting on the cairn left by the previous visitors (photo #3). Photo #2 shows the sunlight coming through the trees at a clearing just south of the confluence. Having taken my photos and assimilated the beauty of this particular spot in the forest, I retraced my steps back to Jan and Emma, picking up a beautiful 16 inch pine cone to remind me of the experience.