17-Aug-2002 -- Saturday was a day for GPS activities. I picked up Joanna (navigator) in Sacramento and we headed south to Sonora. There were two geodashing dashpoints and this confluence on our itinerary. The dashpoint GD14-AHYB (N37 56.364 W120 12.516) was only a few miles from 38N W120. We drove west out of the small community of Tuolumne, CA on Buchanan Road. Just before Buchanan Road crossed the North Fork of the Tuolumne River (and continued on to the second dashpoint) we turned left onto Forest Service Road 1n04. We continued on 1n04 for several miles until it crossed Reed Creek. A sharp right turn took us on a road leading to the general area of the confluence. We were well into the Stanislaus National Forest and not far from Yosemite National Park. I had mapped out four separate approaches from four different directions since my maps showed roads west, north, northeast and east of the confluence, all from .3 to .6 miles from it. From a location point of view (not considering quality of roads), my preference was the approach from the east. It was the closest to walk, but also the furthest to drive on lesser quality roads. With only a couple wrong turns and backtracks, we reached my desired approach.
Joanna had made both of the dashpoints so chose to sit out the hiking portion of this event. The hike to the confluence was up a moderate slope through dense forest with a lot of dead trees and branches on the ground to scramble over (photo #4). The scene at the confluence is shown in photos #1 and #2. Because of the dense forest and very tall trees (photo #3) I had difficulty getting my GPSR to lock onto all zeros. I snapped photo #5 just as the display was changing from 120 00.000 to 119 59.999. That was the best I could do.