19-Oct-2018 -- Once again we made the trip to the USA to attend the 2018 ASA annual meeting in San Francisco where we were to present results of our team.
This time I had a week of vacation before the meeting and we decided to visit Texas and especially the Big Bend and Carlsbad National Parks and White sands National Monument. After the meeting we spend 3 more days of vacation in Santa Cruz and the bay area.
We successively visited 32N 104W, 33N 106W, 37N 122W, and 38N 123W during that trip as these were points close to a road and therefore easy to reach.
All these visits were made with a poor precision because the screen of my GPS receiver was broken during the flight and the device was completely useless at arrival. I decided to keep the visits on our schedule but I used my cell phone compass which of course wouldn’t offer the precision to zero in the points.
Comparing the previous visits to each of these points and the Google earth pictures along with the coordinate read on my phone and the actual pictures I shot, I am pretty sure that all 4 visits were made within the 100 meters limit to allow validation of the visit. Nevertheless, as I was unable to zero any of the points, I submitted the 4 visits with a 99 meters precision.
37N 122W is located in the city of Santa Cruz, California and has been already visited 28 times. It lies in a forested zone between De Laveaga public park and the De Laveaga golf course. It is possible to reach it from the hill bottom in the park or from the hill top on the golf course. We choose this last option and parked our car on the parking at the golf course entrance. We walked north on the concrete sidedwalk along the greens until we reached the 37N latitude and then walked west over the green toward the 122W longitude line. Due to the poor precision of my phone compass we weren’t able to zero the point and I shot the picture from the very edge of the woods at the western limit of the greens, 15 meters west of a big sycamore tree that can be seen on the google earth picture.
Overall this was a cool morning stroll. The bright sun over perfectly maintained greens and the deers (Ross Finlayson already spotted one deer during his visit back in 1999 ; see visit #2) and squirrels we encountered, gave us a feeling of being invited here to enjoy "just another day in paradise".