05-Jun-2012 -- This would be the tenth of twelve successful visits on a clockwise loop east of Colorado Springs continuing from 38N 100W and would be the seventh successful visit today.
Enroute to this point, I was on the phone with Sam Gallucci trying to coordinate a visit to joint visit to from 39N 107W over the weekend. He had been tracking my progress in real time over the web from my Spot messenger and was refreshing my memory of the area surrounding this confluence. I could see the area of the confluence from several miles away – within the radius of a large microwave tower. As I got closer, Sam provided street and landmark updates as I made my way towards the tower from the south.
I parked along the edge of the road leading to the tower adjacent to the boundary between a corn field to the south and grass field to the north and hiked east through the grass to zero this confluence out.
The corn field was irrigated and the rows were full of water. There was a cut wheat field just east of the confluence. To the west is the large Tyson Finney County Kansas chicken processing plant and they were advertising for workers. The microwave antenna is the dominant feature here to the northwest. Using an app for my iPad: Theodolite, I got a picture of the top of the tower. The antenna cluster base is about 43 degrees in elevation so if the tower were to fall on a true azimuth of 131 the tip of the antennas would probably be very close to where I found the confluence.
I sent my usual Spot message and several one shot panoramic pictures before heading back to my vehicle. It had been 5 years since the last reported visit to this confluence.
My goal for the night would be to position myself as close as I could to 38N 102W and wait for daylight.