03-Jul-1999 -- On July 3 in Phoenix it was too hot for
much hiking. Nearly four weeks had passed since any of us had
been remotely close to a confluence, and we were understandably
starving for adventure. We needed a confluence fix bad, but not
at the expense of actually having to go outdoors. So we decided to
undertake the world's first drive-by confluence visit.
33N 112W looked like a likely candidate. The map showed it to
be right on a road, and only about 30 miles south of Phoenix.
So we waited until about 4:00 PM to remove any doubt about
whether or not it was hot outside (photo #5) and drove on
wonderful paved roads directly to the confluence.
The ground at the confluence was in its natural dry state
(photo #3), but immediately north of the confluence there was a
nice field of cotton (photo #2). We saw lots of other
agriculture in the immediate area, including some alfalfa, a
few pecan groves and lots more cotton.
Canals (photo #1, looking east from the confluence) bring
water to these crops. Some of it comes from from a group of
six manmade lakes northeast of Phoenix. This particular canal
carried well water, however, being slurped from the ground by
a Model R2D2 pump (photo #4) a few hundred yards east of the