Bored by incessant football action on the tube, Susan and David decided to
try to make it a trifecta of Thanksgiving vacation confluences. Located just
south of Tucson, this confluence again appeared to be a relatively simple
endeavor. This confluence's lesson was that a map is a good confluence
accessory: an errant shortcut turned into a longcut as giant mine dumps
(photo #5) were between us and the confluence.
After 20 minutes of backtracking, we found ourselves on the correct side of
the mine dump. Entering onto ASARCO mining company property, we parked the
car near some portapotties and a mobile home/construction office. The
confluence was an easy trespass near the road--so easy
that it seems that much of Tucson's high-school population has visited the
site (photo #3).
Forgiving the looming mine dump, the scene was very Sonoran desert: stately
Saguaros (photo #4), heinous Jumping Chollas (who got their revenge on
David a day later) (photo #1), and Fishhook cacti (photo #2) dotted
the landscape. Luckily we were able to dodge house-sized mine trucks,
ASARCO tour buses, and the gift shop.
Rejuvenated by our confluence success, we returned to Grammy's for turkey
sandwiches and more football.