26-Mar-2001 -- This confluence was very easy to reach. It is west of Interstate Highway 15 in
southwestern Utah. One could exit this freeway at either Cedar City, Utah (the southern
approach) or at Beaver, Utah (the northern approach). I chose the northern approach
since I was traveling from my home in Richfield, Utah west on Interstate Highway 70
and then south on I-15 to Beaver. From then on it was two-lane highway travel.
This approach led my through Minersville, Utah. As with most rural Utah towns, the
highway is the Main Street through town. After a few miles of driving south, the GPS was
approaching 38 degrees north. I was watching for a turnout. None appeared. When the
GPS went to 37 degrees 59.995 minutes, I pulled to the right and stopped. I got out and
walked on the shoulder to test it. It was firm and dry, so I pulled completely off the
highway. Luckily, the traffic was light.
I got my things ready; GPS, camera, tripod, binoculars. The GPS coordinates were
37 degrees 59.985 North and 112 degrees 59.678 West. So, I walked west and a little
north across a sagebrush flat. I could see for miles in any direction. I suppose the drivers
in passing vehicles wondered what in the world a lone man would be doing walking towards
nothing across a sagebrush flat.
I was very excited. This was the first time I have ever tried something like this. It was a
thrill to see all those zeroes come up on the screen. Unfortunately, none of the pictures of
the GPS were readable.
Nevertheless, this was a great day for me. I enjoyed myself immensely. It was a great
break from work. I left a small pile of rocks.