18-Dec-2005 -- Beth and I were on our way to Big Bend National Park in West Texas for our annual get-out-of-town Christmas celebration. Along the way we noted a fairly easy confluence at 31 N 105 W off of Interstate-10 near a railroad siding called Hot Wells, so we made plans to visit it.
From Sierra Blanca, we drove about 20 miles east along I-10 to the Hot Wells/Allamoore exit, and proceeded south about 4 miles along good dirt road to the railroad crossing, then went left onto a railroad right-of-way road, about another mile to a point south and west of the confluence. Beth was not feeling well and opted to sit this one out, so I went in alone for a quick hike into the Chihuahuan Desert scrubland.
I scooted underneath a barbed-wire fence and walked about 0.3 miles northeast to the confluence, finding it with no difficulty. I found a small rock pile left by the earlier visitors, but I zeroed my GPS near a bush about 4 feet south of their position. No big deal, I was there. I took the four photos and proceeded on out, a total time of about 15 minutes.
Photo 1 is a west view, with the earlier visitor's rock pile in view. I zeroed my GPS in the bush on the left. You might be able to see Sierra Blanca as a barely visible phantasm on the horizon toward the right. Photo 2 is looking south toward the Eagle Mountains, the third highest range in Texas after the Guadalupes and Davis Mountains. Photo 3 is looking east, and photo 4 is looking north at the low-lying Carrizo Hills. Photo 5 is my GPS, locked in.
From here we drove on to the Big Bend for an enjoyable week of hiking and exploring.