28-Jan-2001 -- On Sunday, 28 January 2001, Joe Dean, Bob Babington and Bob
Reneau completed the successful pursuit of the confluence 32 North 107
West. We met in the small town of Anthony, NM/TX. Anthony straddles the
New Mexico/Texas border where 32 North latitude determines the border
between New Mexico, to the north and Texas, to the south. Anthony is
23.8 miles east of the confluence at the same latitude and is the
closest city of any size.
It is lightly raining and the weather forecast is not promising, but
the skies to the west look promising, so we decided it is now or never.
After leaving Anthony we travel northwest 10.4 miles to Afton Road, and
over the Rio Grande River. Afton Road is one of the few routes out of
the Rio Grande Valley up to the Mesa (Spanish for table) to the West.
We stay on Afton road for another 11.3 miles, turning south to Nunn
Ranch (4.5 Miles) and then West 2.2 miles to the only access across the
From there we travel 2.8 miles to Braid Foot ranch. The foreman,
Dave Macintosh (thanks Dave), granted us permission to travel through
the ranch and the combination to the padlock on a gate on the western
perimeter of the ranch. From the ranch headquarters we travel 6.1 miles
to a point about .6 of a mile from the confluence. The roads to the
ranch headquarters are well maintained, but this point is nothing more
than ruts and would be almost impossible to travel after a heavy
downpour. As we arrive at our waypoint to start our hike to the
confluence, the skies clear and allow the sun to reach the desert floor.
After leaving the ranch headquarters we see many jackrabbits and several
raptors on way. The only other wildlife we observe is a lone coyote on
the return trip.
Our hike took us over landscape that is relatively level and is
covered with mesquite, creosote bushes, and many small to moderate sized
lava rocks that were probably hurled by an ancient volcanic eruption.
This high mesa area (4200+ ft.) is part of the Potrillo
We find the confluence without much difficulty. It is at the
Northeast edge of a large creosote bush. Using 3 GPS handhelds; a
Garmin 12XL, a Garmin eMap and a Magellan, we verified the exact
indicated location. After taking about 30 pictures, we construct a small
pyramid marker of lava rocks with a hidden treasure for future
After documenting the confluence, we visit Kilbourne Hole, which
is about 2.8 miles Southeast of the confluence. It is an ancient maar
volcanic crater that is popular with local rockhounds searching for
peridotite and semi-precious green olivine. The picture of Kilbourne
Hole is taken from the Northeast rim of the crater.
Our timing is almost perfect. As we pulled into the parking lot
where we started, it begins to rain. Overall it has been a fun day and
we are looking forward to visiting our next confluence.