Further review revealed that the first visit, by Godfrey Daniels, Molly Kiely and Wagner, was about a mile off.
04-Jul-1999 -- After stuffing ourselves at a casino buffet,
we decided to make a night-time attempt on the confluence. Do not
make decisions on a full stomach; after meals, the brain lacks blood.
Heading south out of Vegas, there was freeway work everywhere;
roads that were supposed to exist did not seem to exist. We ended up on
the Boulder highway, heading south. I exited at a random exit. It turned
out to be just the right one. We consolidated ourselves into a single vehicle
and went roaming around some mountains. We soon discovered that
reaching the confluence would require some hiking -- ill-advised in the
nighttime desert. We headed to Boulder City for the night.
In the morning, we returned, only to face more difficult obstacles. We
drove to the foot of some small mountains and began climbing. Then the
GPS unit gave out. We were very close to the confluence, but for
accuracy's sake, we went back to the car for fresh batteries, then retraced
our steps. The GPS gave out again. This was very strange. We thought it
must be the radio towers.
Or maybe the National Guard was jamming things up. Who knew? In
any case, it appeared to be a bad day for confluence-hunting. Plus, at this
point, Mark and Wig had to head back to the Bay Area.
Molly and I decided to head around the other side of the mountain. As
we did, we saw an unusual site: a large letter "B" on the side of the mountain.
A Mountain Monogram is not in itself unusual. It is a common practice for a
desert town to decorate a nearby mountain with the first initial of the town's
name. But there were two strange things about this letter: first, it was a B --
and we were in Henderson.
Second, I had already spotted another B, far across the valley, which
we'd planned to visit for another entry in my Mountain Initial project. It was
instantly decided that we would climb to each B and photograph the other.
Sitting atop the B, we were just out of the visual line of the towers, so I
thought I'd see whether the GPS could get a fix.
The unit had no difficulty getting a reading. And, by dumb luck, we were
sitting right on top of the confluence. The B was the confluence!
Additional note from Andy Spurlock: I live right at the
base of the other side of the mountain of the confluence.
The initial observer was probably correct about the transmission towers at
the top of the mountain playing havoc with their GPS. It screws up our
cable t.v. once in a while, too.
Also, the observer on the page was wondering about the two "B"'s on the
sides of different mountains in Henderson. One stands for Basic High School
(named after the Basic Magnesium Company of World War II fame who operated a
large open mine in the area) but the closer "B" to the confluence point
stands for "Burkholder" junior high school.
Hope this helps anyone else that's interested!