16-Oct-2011 -- This would be the last of eleven confluence visits on a trip to Colorado coming from 39N 104W.
We had spent the last few days visiting with old friends at my 25 year Academy Reunion. The night before this visit, we had stayed with friends in Albuquerque. We turned off Interstate 25 at Socorro heading west along US-60 then into The Box Recreation Area. We parked 421 meters from the confluence, which was reached by hiking up the north side of the wash. A small ridge provided favorable masking from an occupied mobile home trailer just beyond where we parked.
There was an existing cairn offset west about 3-4 meters from where my GPS units resolved to all zeroes. The views were very scenic views in all directions. There was only minimal vegetation on this hilly terrain and in this arid environment. My wife patiently waited in the shade of a bush as I sent my SPOT message, logged data and took pictures.
Picture 1 looks east. Picture 2 looks south. Picture 3 looks west. Picture 4 looks north. Picture 5 shows my GPS position. Picture 6 shows the general area. Picture 7 is a view of the cairn from my iPad. Picture 8 shows our exit from The Box.
Pathfinder Office Post Processing reduced 887 data points from my Trimble Juno to an average position of 33° 59’ 59.97899”N, 107° 00’ 00.14033”W with a horizontal precision of 2.0 meters and an altitude of 1701.553 meters with a vertical precision of 1.0 meters.
We spent one just over an hour off Interstate 25 to visit this confluence. We turned off US-60 here and parked a few hundred meters east of the confluence. We spent 35 minutes away from our van on the 1 km round trip hike.
What an excellent confluence adventure: Almost 8 days and 2,700 miles travelled.
My next task? Finishing the HD time lapse movie created from the over 14,000 frames taken with my GoPro camera at 10 and 30 second intervals out the windshield of my van while it was moving throughout this entire trip!