08-Oct-2000 -- Outside Red Oak, Oklahoma
It is the 8th of October, and the weather is perfect for confluence
hunting. The quest for today is several hours north. I am headed for
one of the prettiest areas in Oklahoma, the Sans Bois Mountain Range
area. Very close to one of Oklahoma's scenic areas, which is just east
I came across the southern border with Texas on highway 69, and at
Durant I turned east towards Hugo. I worked my way across Choctaw
county and then north through Pushmataha County along highway 271 up to
Lake Sardis. Marvelous country to gaze at.
At Lake Sardis I continued north through Latimer County and the
Winding Stair Mountains along Highway 2. In Wilburton, the junction of
highway 2 and 270, I turned back east, closing in on Red Oak, the
nearest community to the confluence. I continued through Red Oak and a
few miles later I found a county road that led north.
I had a good time following the section road(s) north and east but
ended up about a mile east of the target with no access. So I worked my
way 2-3 miles back south, west 2-3 miles, then north again 2-3 miles and
finally back east. It would appear that there is only one way in. I am
driving around in a rather large valley, and surprisingly, with
helicopter activity. There are two of them carrying loads from a
location in the general direction of the confluence.
The confluence is now a quarter mile away down a marked private
road. There is a farmhouse here. The owner informs me that it is OK to
use the road and cross fence lines if needed. He is somewhat interested
in my confluence hunting activity. He also explained the presence of
the helicopters. They were hauling seismic equipment around for a gas
company searching for natural gas in the valley.
The confluence was just a short stretch from the road, out in a
pasture. I took the normal pictures and a couple of the helicopters
that were approximately one mile south. It has been a long hunt, but as
usual, very satisfying and enjoyable.