07-Oct-2002 -- I was lucky to be able to visit this confluence on October 7, 2002. There has been a lot of residential construction activity in the past few years. In fact, there is a lot going on right now. I’m not familiar with the area, but the GPS led me to the gate house of a private, gated subdivision. I told the security guard of my goal and that the GPS was pointing to a spot about one-half mile directly west of the subdivision.
He would not allow me access, but suggested that I try a public street just a few hundred feet to the south, Mission Avenue. I found it easily and followed it west until I reached two signs – "Road Closed"; and "Construction Traffic Only". I held my breath and ignored them both. I found myself in a large area of freshly excavated earth accompanied by the sounds of earth-moving machinery. I avoided the sounds and skirted large piles of rocks and earth until I found a dirt road that led behind the excavation and out of sight of the machinery.
I parked as close as possible to the confluence and then walked. It was a few hundred feet, mostly uphill and quite steep. Several radio transmission towers could be seen atop the hill. The terrain was rocky and covered with loose rocks, making footing quite treacherous. The machine operators must have reached their work quitting time because the machines fell silent. When I next saw them they were all neatly parked in rows. It was now late afternoon. The temperature was quite pleasant.
My heart began to rise as I approached the confluence point. Neither of the prior visitors mentioned a rock cairn, but as I approached, there it was! I placed my GPS on top and waited. Soon, all the zeroes appeared. Magic! I took photos. I added one more rock to the cairn. I returned to the car and drove home. What a great day! Searching for a confluence is like setting sail. You know the destination is out there, but you’re never quite certain of the route to be followed nor of the obstacles to be crossed on the way.