13-Mar-2005 -- This was my fourth and final confluence visit in a series of four defining a one degree by one degree square bounded by the 37 and 38th north parallels and the 113 and 114 west meridians. This "box" encompasses some outstanding scenery in southwestern Utah.
I’d forgotten just how incredible the reds and pinks are in the craggy Vermilion Cliffs. What a beautiful drive along UT-59 from Hurricane! I stopped just to the south of CJ’s Deli Subs & Gas in Hilldale, UT just north of the Arizona border. The current price of gas was $2.17 a gallon – extremely cheap compared to California! I was inside 25 meters from the confluence and attaining all zeroes on my GPS receivers did not involve too much of a confluence dance.
Picture #1 looks north and shows the back side of CJ’s and part of the Vermilion Cliffs in the background. Picture #2 looks east; you can see the sign for the Arizona state line next to the highway. Picture #3 looks south. Picture #4 looks west. Picture #5 shows a perfect confluence reading.
I grabbed a geodash point about 10 miles south and then returned to the car wash across the street from CJ’s. I spent over $12.00 washing all of the mud and grime off of (and from underneath) my Tahoe from the last couple days. As I was pulling out of the car wash, it was just about sunset. I snapped another shot (Picture #6) of the Vermilion Cliffs to the north of Hilldale. This may look like a great shot, but my picture fails to capture all of the subtle colors that were visible in the hills. Conditions were perfect for a wide format (film) panoramic picture. That’s what memories are for….
What a great confluence adventure and sampling of southwestern Utah!