06-Oct-2001 -- We visited this confluence on a beautiful fall afternoon. A light breeze was blowing, the temperature was in the 70s Fahrenheit and there were a few clouds. Four of us were in the car; my wife Diane, our daughter Aimee and her husband Kent Pyne, and me.
We left from their home in Tooele (too-WILL-ah), Utah, drove through Grantsville and then west on I-80 to exit 62, which is labeled "Lakeside, Military Area, No Services." We found ourselves on a nice two-lane macadamized road which took us straight north for about 10 miles. When we came to a sign that said "German Valley Well" we turned west and drove on a good dirt road for about 4 miles. We then parked and walked. Diane stayed in the car.
We had seen antelope and birds from the car. On the walk we saw ants and flies. The kids wished they had worn long pants because there were many stickery plants.
The DCP is in the extreme north end of Skull Valley, which is home to the Goshute Indian tribe. The valley has been in the news lately as there have been proposals and protests about its use as a nuclear waste storage facility. The valley is bounded on the west by the Cedar Mountains and on the east by the Stansbury Mountains. The latter range contains Deseret Peak, the highest in Tooele County.
We found the rock cairn that the Vogels left after their visit. Our location was about 12 feet distant from theirs. We never did see any military installations, although I'm certain the two-lane road leads there. The only people we saw were the drivers of two military vehicles. The only improvements we saw were a few old, broken-down corrals.
I enjoyed the trip very much. I hope my wife and kids did, too. We had a nice visit, a nice ride, and a view of country that we would never otherwise see. It was a great day!