21-Sep-2000 -- On the map,
this looked like a piece of cake: take roads to
within 400 meters of the confluence and walk to it. Although
n41w111 is in Wyoming, it was originally intended to be Wyoming's
SW corner, where it makes its maximum intrusion into Utah, so I
was covering it as part of my effort to cover all of Utah and its
border (Utah would have been a 5-degree (n37-42, w109-114w)
rectangle but Wyoming got there first (something about
polygamy)). On the way, we stopped by the legal corner to take a
few pictures and to measure the actual coordinates with the GPS
receiver (pictures 3-5).
When we got to where the dirt road went off from County Road
150, we found an open gate and went through it. The road quickly
degenerated into a faint track at the side of a gas pipeline
going NE up a steep slope. At the top of the slope, we found a
fence and followed it SE for 50 to 60 meters to a simple gate
secured by a single loop of wire. On the other side of the gate,
there was a sign telling us that the area we had come through was
restricted. This was impolite on our part but unintended and we
planned to take a different route out, so that should be all right.
A much better graded road led south and soon joined an even
better road that led to a locked gate (pic 6). This was
disappointing. A faint track went off to the east and we
followed it until it came to the brink of a steep ravine. At
that point, we followed the track back and then the better road
which led to another locked gate when it got back to CR 150.
Cursing, we retraced our route back down the pipeline and out of
the open gate (which probably should have been locked).
We'd planned to come down Yellow Creek, so we drove to there to
see if we could use that route to get to the confluence. No
luck: it was locked as well. So we gave that up and headed for
n41w110. There may be a way in from Utah on the
south but that's going to have to wait for another day -- maybe
until next summer: this part of Wyoming is now (27 Sep) under two
feet of snow.