Charlie Loyd

I took the dirt bike out to find my second microconfluence this afternoon. (See my post about the first here and about Charlie Loyd’s proposal of the idea here.) I’ve decided to go after what I’m thinking of as “minute-microconfluences,” which are microconfluences as defined by Charlie (decimal degrees at the hundredths) and also intersections of minute-lines of longitude and latitude. This is partly because they are farther apart and so feel slightly more… well, rare if not important, but mostly because the app I have that reads latitude and longitude in real time does so in the minute-second version. Perhaps this will offend metric purists, but I guess it would be nice to write something important enough to metric purists to cause offense.

I found it just north of Two Mile Road and just east of the cement factory. To the north and east were Sunfair Airport and Sunfair Road, respectively.

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I found that my minute-second reading app and my decimal reading app disagreed a bit with each other, so I took photos of a fairly large area to be sure I had the actual spot shown:


Looking just north of west over the spot


Looking just west of north over the spot. Concrete debris in the background is the north end of the cement factory.

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The sunset heading home was the best part.

I photographed my first microconfluence today. You may be familiar with the Degree Confluence Project, where people take photos of  the meeting point of lines of latitude and longitude along with the story of finding it.

Charlie Loyd created the microconfluence because he wanted to take part, but all the full degree confluences near him had already been photographed. Microconfluence points (if I’m understanding him correctly) are at the meeting points of 1/100s of latitude and longitude, which are something like 2/3 mile apart. (Distances vary, of course, because the grid is on a curved surface.)

The degree confluences near Joshua Tree have also already been photographed, so I also liked the idea of microconfluences. (Plus, it reminds me of Ethan Mitchell’s blog about finding state border confluences.) Charlie was kind enough to make me a web-based app for it, so I knew one was a few blocks away. I was out on my dirt bike today and found it. I used a different app, called Altimeter, because I pay for phone and data by the datum (and pay way less per month because of it) :


Then I realized that Charlie was talking about decimal coordinates, not the “minute-second” coordinates that Altimeter uses. Luckily, it turns out that microconfluences with minute coordinates divisible by three are also decimal microconfluences. This is from Maps With Me:


And here’s the piece of dirt. The tire track on the left is the west edge of Border Avenue, a bit north of Two Mile Road. The little bush is a creosote.  Anti-climactic, you say? Maybe I should mark the spot with a monument of some sort.