27-Sep-2015 -- After spending the night in Yuma, Arizona, I had first planned on visiting the remote point 33N 114W (last visited more than 10 years ago). However, with temperatures hovering around 105°F, I wisely decided that a 14+-mile hike would be much too dangerous. Instead, I continued eastward to visit this much more accessible point, which lies just 0.5 mile from a paved road.
I recorded the first visit to this point back in December 1999, before the end of Selective Availability. I wanted to return to this point both to get ‘all zeros’, and to see if it had changed in the past 15+ years. From what I can tell, apart from a small rock cairn (grumble...), the point itself had not changed at all since my initial visit; it lies in a flat, stony patch of sparsely-vegetated desert (with distinctive rocky ‘twin peaks’ visible to the north). However, back in 1999 there was a small RV campground alongside Painted Rock Road, just 0.5 miles east of the point. Now, this campground no longer exists, and in fact there is no longer any evidence that it ever existed at all!
Another change to the general area is that sometime since 1999, a large solar power plant has been built alongside Painted Rock Road, near the I-8 freeway. Solar energy is certainly something that Arizona has in abundance!
The 1-mile round-trip hike to the point (from the side of Painted Rock Road) was easy, despite the ~105 degree temperatures. (However, on returning to my car, I discovered that I’d dropped my reading glasses while photographing the point, so I had to do the hike all over again to retrieve them.)
As in 1999, after visiting the point, I continued for a few miles along Painted Rock Road to visit the eponymous “Painted Rock” - a collection of ancient Native American petroglyphs.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.