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United States : Texas

3.3 miles (5.3 km) ESE of Woodson, Throckmorton, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 373 m (1223 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 81°E

Accuracy: 9 m (29 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Northwesterly view #3: Prickly pear (Opuntia) cactus, with nearly-ripe fruit #4: It's been dry out here! Cracks are about an inch wide. #5: GPS evidence

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  33°N 99°W  

#1: South from confluence into mesquite grove

(visited by Ed Vinson)

27-Jul-2001 -- I had been in Breckenridge, Texas on business on a hot Friday afternoon, and decided that I would conquer N33/W99 this time. A previous try, from the north and without a GPS, had been foiled by locked gates. This time, I was determined!

My initial approach was again from the north, down a fair dirt road that led to several oil wells and a ranch, all still behind locked gates. I circled around on about three miles of good dirt/gravel roads to a point 0.49 mile SE of the point I wanted. A large pipe corner on the fence there provided easy, non-barbed-wire access to an open pasture with a few old signs of bovine inhabitation. I hiked through knee-high grass, with prickly pear cactus and some mesquite trees, and up a gradual incline into a grove of mesquite.

A very brief confluence dance got me to all zeros on the ETrex, right beneath a power line leading to the pumping units on the wells slightly west of me. I got my photos, and headed back to the pickup just in time to hear Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention sing the musical saga of Nanook and the Deadly Yellow Snow. A fitting climax to another excellent adventure!


 All pictures
#1: South from confluence into mesquite grove
#2: Northwesterly view
#3: Prickly pear (Opuntia) cactus, with nearly-ripe fruit
#4: It's been dry out here! Cracks are about an inch wide.
#5: GPS evidence
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