03-Sep-2001 -- Are Helicopters allowed?
I woke up Labor Day and thought that it seemed like a good day to attempt this confluence that has been on my mind since I heard about Confluence.org last April. I had my new laptop computer to aid in the navigation, so I set a route, stocked up on water, batteries, and gasoline, and off I went. 58 miles later I started hiking. I went up one sandstone formation, only to find a deep canyon on the other side. I chose to go around this one, and upon reaching the other side, I attempted to go around the formation that was there. My way was blocked by a cliff which I probably could have jumped down, but being alone, and not wanting to risk breaking an ankle or getting stuck on a ledge, I decided to seek another way around. By the time I got halfway around that formation, I had been hiking for two hours, and had only whittled the distance to the confluence by one mile. After some quick calculations, I sadly concluded that I would not be reaching this confluence today. Nevertheless, I did take some great pictures of the area, and I suspect that one of them shows the confluence.
I go to the area often, so perhaps I will get another chance to try again. Or maybe someone else will get it. If so, my hat is off to them.