09-Oct-1999 -- I had Saturday morning business to
attend to in Winters, home of (naturally) The Blizzards, so I stuck the
camera and my maps in the car. Work completed by 11:00, I started out of
town toward the confluence. The most obvious landmark was a pillar of
black smoke rooted in the general vicinity of my destination. An omen?
A good dirt road led west off a paved road right to the confluence,
on the edge of a just-harvested cotton field. Picture #1 shows 32N/100W
in the immediate foreground, with what was left of the smoke in the
center distance, and the obligatory West Texas oil well off on the
right. The line of trees apparently marks Big Coyote Creek; I don't
trust big coyotes enough to go confirm this.
Picture #2 is the ruin of a house perhaps 200 feet southwest of the
confluence; it seems to be used for hay storage now. Picture #3 looks
north from 32N/100W and shows the aforementioned cotton field, so
freshly stripped that there aren't even any Wal-Mart sacks flapping from
the stalks yet.
Finally, Picture #4 shows a rather tired old tractor resting from its
labors about a quarter-mile east of the confluence. I took its cue and
headed for home myself.