the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Texas

9.5 miles (15.3 km) SE of Red Fish Cove, Galveston Island, Galveston, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 29°S 85°E

Accuracy: 15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Quality: good

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#2: Starting point map #3: Gaido´s Reastaurant

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  29°N 95°W (visit #3) (secondary, incomplete) 

#1: Red Flagged sea at Galveston

(visited by Frederico Cesarino)

04-Jun-2008 -- During my business trip to Texas on early June, 2008, I had planned visiting this confluence for 30 days prior my arrival. It was the only “virgin” confluence in Texas, and I thought (I really did) it would be easy.

From my home, I contacted some boat rental companies in Galveston area in order to having a safe transportation to the point. I also checked the weather conditions daily, so that I wouldn´t lose my time. Also, I contacted Mr. Alfredo Remon, DCP coordinator in Venezuela, who made a confluence with me in May, so that he could give me some tips about confluencing abroad.

During the week I was in Texas, I planned to have a day off on Wednesday June 4th. I convinced a work pal Rock McCain to do this “quest” with me, and he got so interest about the project that he helped me a lot with the arrangements for that. So we left Houston by noon, heading to Galveston, and arriving there for lunch. We had a nice seafood meal at Gaido´s Restaurant, which menu showed us we were not too far from the point. After lunch, we went to Caribbean Breeze boat rental shop, which owner (Mr. Bo) was already waiting for the crazy confluence hunters.

We chose a small fishing skiff for the sea adventure, and after leaving Offats Bayou (about 30km far from the point as we had to contour the Bayou) we thought it would be a piece of cake. But suddenly the weather turned down into a stormy one, the sea became to get very violent to boats, and the Coast Guard started red flagging everywhere. We couldn´t go further and now I realized why this confluence is so difficult to arrive.

The hurricane season had started just one day before, Mr. Bo told me. I really got very disappointed, but I didn´t give up yet. When I go to Texas again, out of the hurricane season, I hope I can do it.

It´s my first unsuccessful visit report. I decided to write it so that future visitor may learn with my mistakes and have successful visits.

 All pictures
#1: Red Flagged sea at Galveston
#2: Starting point map
#3: Gaido´s Reastaurant
ALL: All pictures on one page
In the Gulf of Mexico, but with a view of land.