the Degree Confluence Project

United States : California

2.3 miles (3.7 km) NE of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 67 m (219 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 37°S 58°E

Accuracy: 15 m (49 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: Looking west #3: Looking east #4: The GPS #5: Angelina, Stephen & John at the confluence point. Lisa is behind the camera!

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  37°N 122°W (visit #15)  

#1: Looking south, up the hill

(visited by Stephen Turner, Angelina Turner, John Marshall and Lisa Deverse)

03-Apr-2004 -- We seem to know people who live near confluence points. My parents' house is less than a mile from 53°N 0°, and my boss lives only a mile and a half from this point, 37°N 122°W. In stark contrast to our previous confluence visit, this one is currently the most visited confluence point in the world. We were following in the steps of 13 previous visits, including one by England's premier confluence hunter, Gordon Spence; not to mention many more visitors from the Geocaching website.

The confluence point is located in DeLaveaga Park, just north of the beautiful seaside city of Santa Cruz. We went there on a sunny Saturday. In the morning, we cycled to the very mysterious Mystery Spot — a must-see while you're in the area! Then at lunchtime we met up with my boss and his wife in the park. After a picnic lunch, we set off up the hill.

We made the mistake several previous visitors had made, of following the GPS and ending up too far down the hill. There are paths running along the hillside at several levels. The trick is to go up the steps behind the restrooms, and then carry on up the hill rather than turning left immediately. Terje Mathisen has made some pictures of the route, and Richard D. LeCour has directions.

We failed to find the geocache hidden at the same point, even though we were almost on top of it. That was because the undergrowth was full of poison oak, and we didn't want to scramble around in it. If you visit this point, please be on the lookout for poison oak — it's nasty stuff!

 All pictures
#1: Looking south, up the hill
#2: Looking west
#3: Looking east
#4: The GPS
#5: Angelina, Stephen & John at the confluence point. Lisa is behind the camera!
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