06-Jan-2001 -- I convinced my dad that it might be fun to take a Saturday
drive out in the desert to visit 43N 114W. We were visiting
my grandma's for the weekend and I figured that the confluence
point was probably only about an hour and a half drive away.
As it turned out, it was closer to two hours driving, but that
was mainly because of the last stretch of road. Just south of
Shoshone, Idaho we took Idaho State Route 24 for about 18
miles until we got to Owinza Desert Road. From there we
had about 12 miles to the place where the road was nearest
to the confluence point. Snow covered the road, though it
was clear that a number of vehicles had driven on it since
the last snow fall. It was slow going but really boring as
we did see a couple of herds of mule deer.
From where we stopped driving we had to hike about 0.9 miles
to the southeast to reach the
confluence point. A short distance from the pickup, we
passed a large pile of rocks which someone had put up as a
marker. As you can probably tell from the pictures, it
would be easy to lose your sense of direction in this
landscape, and so rocks were piled up in various places in
order to provide some markers. The hike was pretty easy.
The terrain was mostly flat with little ups and downs to
get over the old lava flows. The confluence point was
actually in a little depression, so I took the three scenic
pictures from a nearby place that was slightly higher.