19-Feb-2000 -- A pleasant sunny day with above
average temperatues for this part of the world at this time of year
seemed like an excellent opportunity to visit this confluence. Based
upon the maps I had, I estimated that it would involve
about .75 miles of hiking from the nearest road over pretty
After about an hour of driving out of Pullman, I found myself nearing
the place where I would park and begin my hike. The area is located in
some scablands created by the Missoula Floods
which swept through this region from Northern Idaho and Montana creating
landforms which are largely unique to this region.
The confluence point lies in Public Lands which appear to be used for
grazing cattle, though there were no cows to be seen on this day. I
hopped the fence which ran along side the road and followed another
fence which ran pretty much north-south. The actual confluence point
ended up being a little to the east of the fence.
I took a picture of the GPS reading the 47N 118W and then found a
rock to relax on in the warm sun. As I was laying there I realized that
it was the first time I had heard silence in quite a while. Except for
an occasional call from a bird or rustle of grass in the wind, there was
no sound out here. It was nice to hear such quiet again.
After I had finished napping on the rock, I went to a small little
rise which was close and took some pictures of the surrounding