21-Jul-2006 -- Development continues to creep closer… On my most recent trip to northern Arizona, I diverted through Las Vegas, as opposed to my normal route via Phoenix, for the express purpose of standing at the Henderson, Nevada, confluence. Although the state’s most frequented cp, fully nineteen months had passed since the last documented visit there, and I was interested in what changes might have taken place near 36N 115W. I noted no subsequent attempt had been made during the month of July since the first hunter in 1999 had become so addled by the summer heat he missed the point by over a mile. While heat would certainly be a factor, the predicted high for the day was only 109 F, and I hoped to be well finished by noon. According to the evening news, Phoenix hit 117 F for the day, their highest reading since 1995, and by comparison, Las Vegas felt absolutely balmy!
On reaching Henderson, I headed west on Mission Avenue, a divided four-lane road which abruptly ends at a gate and gravel road for a active Pulte Company construction worksite. Rather than risk refusal to the site by coming in the front entrance, I decided to find a way to skirt the construction. After making a U-turn on Mission, I made the first right, and drove slowly looking up each cul-de-sac until I found one with no fence or wall at the end. After I parked there, my GPS indicated about 2/3 of a mile to the cp. My circuitous route around several obstacles, both natural and manmade, was longer, but other than tricky footing on the scree slope, was covered without incident. The uneven slope at the point posed a challenge to the all-zero process, but after placing the GPS on a small existing cairn, and exercising a little patience, the ten zeroes appeared as if by magic!
The views toward the cardinal points were little changed since the previous visits, but the view to the southeast is noticeably different. A concrete storm drain has replaced the natural wet-weather wash. House size blocks have been walled and leveled, and the birth of another “residential community” seems imminent.
Note: As a Duke University alumnus and long time college basketball fanatic, I have scrupulously avoided any mention in this report of standing next to University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams at the Las Vegas airport baggage claim carousel or bumping into University of Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith at the rental car line, as neither incident was a highlight of my day....