02-Jul-2013 -- This would be the eighth confluence visit in a series that started along 40N and now continues south.
Yesterday we had successfully visited 39N 111W and were now on our way back home. We had spent the night in Tuba City and started the day early.
We turned north off Highway 264 here and then followed the main road to the left here and then stopped 620 meters abeam the confluence.
I hiked over relatively flat but extremely soft and compressible terrain to the confluence. There was no real confluence dance with the unobstructed sky and I sent my Spot message and set up the Trimble.
To the north was a small earthen catch basin and just beyond that is the Coal Mine Canyon. The edge is only about 300 meters away from the confluence. What was interesting is that there is very little transition between the flat plateau and the almost vertical sides of the canyon! The east view shows just how flat this area was. The south view shows the hill. In the west view you can just barely see a barbed wire fence that I believe is the border between the Navajo Indian Reservation on the west side of the fence and the Hopi Indian Reservation on the east side.
I walked north after taking my pictures to the edge of the canyon. Wow! Picture #8 shows the incredible view north up the canyon from the edge. I could see dark band in the canyon wall just below the surface which is probably where it got the name Coal Mine Canyon. There is a double track path that follows the southern edge and leads back the the road where we had parked. I took some pictures and then walked back to our car.
TerraSync post processing of the GPS data reveals the actual confluence location was 2.5 meters southwest with a horizontal precision of 2.2 meters from where I had initially placed the Trimble.
Total round trip time off of Highway 264 was 1:10 and 6.8 km. The round trip hike subset time and distance were 0:43 and 2.3 km.
What a beautiful, scenic, and remote confluence!
The final confluence of our trip would be 34N 111W.