04-Jun-2012 -- This would be the second of a dozen successful visits on a clockwise loop east of Colorado Springs continuing from 39N 103W. I parked 1.6 km west of the confluence and jogged over fallow grassland. There was distant thunder and it would be pouring rain within the hour so I chose not to take my panoramic lens or iPad.
A serpentine path was required to avoid hundreds of cow pies while enroute to the confluence. I was quickly able to zero out with a short dance, collect data and send a Spot custom message while taking my pictures. There were rolled hay bales on the other side of a fence to the north and a field of wheat to the east. A lonely cluster of rebellious wheat stalks in a field of otherwise homogenous grass stood out within a couple meters of the confluence (Picture #7).
Picture #6 shows a TerraSync screen shot on the left captured at the confluence and the resulting Pathfinder Office post processed GPS data on the right.
I jogged back to my vehicle and, inspired by previous visitors, made a short detour to Mt Sunflower. While there, I called my good friend Dave who is a highpointer, and told him where I was. He had been tracking me throughout my trip and told me of a self-portrait he had taken at Mt Sunflower while wearing a full parka and climbing axe in the middle of summer after he had returned from Denali.
This confluence had not been visited in almost 10 years! Onward to 39N 101W!