18-Nov-2000 -- I frequently go from Overland Park, KS (Kansas City metro area)
to the Lake of the Ozarks to work on my vacation rental property. The spouse was
out of town and wouldn't be accompanying me, so I took that opportunity to visit the
38N 93W confluence. She supports my GPS habit, but less so than when I was a
senior engineer for Garmin. I always had good excuses for my habit back then
("gotta go test my latest software changes, honey").
Anyway, I elected to make the drive down the scenic military route of US69 to
Ft. Scott, KS and then east on US54 to Mack's Creek, MO. The fall scenery was
quite spectacular, even for being a few weeks past foliage peak. The area where
this confluence is located is near the northwest edge of the multi-state Ozarks region.
This was my first confluence visit, so with the sun shining, temperatures at 45 degrees
and having picked a confluence being very near a road, everthing was coming
together to make for a successful visit.
Once in Mack's Creek, I took the State Road "N" turnoff just on the
east side of town. After traveling a couple of miles north, I turned west on a gravel road
called Coffey Hollow Rd. This road winds around the bottom land between two ridge
lines. After a couple of miles, you'll come around a bend and see a large tree and a
small barn on the left. The confluence is just a few hundred feet before you get to
them, and is in the left ditch. The road runs from southeast to northwest at this point.
Arrival time was around 11:45am. I walked around, took some pictures and tried
to explain myself to the two vehicles that passed by and wanted to know if I needed
some help. My first confluence visit turned out quite easy (can they get any easier?),
so I hope to venture forth on some tougher ones in the future.
Visit http://www.funlake.com for more information
on Lake of the Ozarks. It is a popular vacation spot for the midwest and even has a
Marriott resort. The confluence is about 10 miles west of the southwest edge of the lake
area (Camdenton), so it would make a good day trip from the lake, especially if you combine
it with a recommended visit to
Ha Ha Tonka State Park & Castle,
where there are lots of hiking trails.
Visit http://www.vap.org/confluence for
more photos & information of the confluence visit.