30-Jun-2013 -- This would be the fourth in a westward line of confluences along 40N. We were coming from 40N 108W and just west of the town of Rangely we proceeded westbound on County Road 2. We went left at the fork in the road here continuing southbound onto Cottonwood Creek Road down a dry picturesque valley until a point just south of 40N where it would be easy to cross the dry drainage between the road and the confluence.
It was sunny and hot (35°C) and significantly lower in elevation compared to the previous three confluences of this trip. I was well protected from the sun and set out across the wash. I followed animal paths diagonally up the hill until I came to the first mini plateau - where the terrain is still brownish instead of the lighter and whiter shade.
I easily found the zeropoint in a spot not visible from the road. The groundcover was mostly small bunch grasses and small scrub shrubs. I took my pictures there and then again a little bit to the east where you could easily see up and down the Cottonwood Creek valley. I also took some pictures of my wife taking pictures of me (pictures 7 and 8).
About half way up, my wife had asked me over the radio if I had meant to leave my Trimble GPS on the back seat – rats – twice in a row I had left it behind. There was no going back at that point.
I sent a Spot message announcing my successful visit for everybody that was monitoring our progress. My round trip hike took just over an hour for 1.8 km and it took 30 minutes to travel the 21 km from the town of Rangely.
Another excellent confluence adventure! Onward to 40N 110W!