15-Apr-2004 -- It was my daughters' Spring Break and time for another California Confluence Adventure! 39n-121w would be the seventh and final confluence attempt on this trip.
Early in the morning and eastbound on Interstate 80, we got off at the Applegate exit and went left along the frontage road. A right turn onto Shimp Road and I was ready to find the confluence. This was just east of a house with a barking dog. A 40 meter low-crawl through the brush brought me to an overgrown dirt road where travel was much faster. After a hundred meters northbound along this path, it was time to go back into the Manzanita trees to get to the actual confluence. The area was much more overgrown than depicted in previous visits.
Picture #1 looks east from the confluence point. The brilliant reds in the manzanita trees were incredible! Picture #2 looks south. Picture #3 looks west. Picture #4 looks north. Picture #5 shows my GPS solution.
You can be off and back onto I-80 in less than 30 minutes while visiting this confluence.
We were up to five successful visits and two incomplete on this adventure. Our original plan was to return via Interstate 5 attempting 37n-121w along the way. We decided that the probability of success was doubtful for that visit based upon the previous visitor’s descriptions of signs and locked gates. We will re-attempt the I-5 confluences later this year. Instead, we elected to continue east and over the Sierra’s prior to turning south towards home.
Overall a great 1400 mile trip!