24-Nov-2000 -- Well, I'm visiting relatives in Colorado Springs and I
thought I'd get some more folks inaugurated into the Degree Confluence Project. My
nephew Kyle Schmitt and his friend Travis Beeson thought it would be a fun thing to do,
and the thought of international fame spurred them on. As the two nearest confluences
were taken, we decided on 38N 104W.
We set out in my brother's 4WD, drove south to Pueblo and headed east. Thirty
miles later we were out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado cattle country. We left the
semi-paved road for the cross-country dirt tracks. The 4-Wheel Drive came in handy
crossing a streambed in a gully and we finally parked about a tenth-mile from the
confluence next to a steeper gully.
Picture #1 is looking back from the confluence at the parked SUV. It's not obvious,
but there's two fairly steep gullies between us and the SUV, as shown in picture
#2. Picture #3 is the obligatory GPS shot. Picture #4 is Kyle and Travis on the
Confluence, and Picture #6 is myself and Travis. Believe me, there was nothing
else of interest in view. We climbed back across the gullies and headed home.