18-Feb-2017 -- As I had been in the area for a few days, giving presentations at Oklahoma State University about the use of geospatial technology in society, a confluence visit seemed the perfect capstone. And, in addition, I had only visited one confluence point this entire year, just two days ago, and winter was almost over -- a whole season with only one visited point. And so, after working for 2 hours more at the university, I drove from the campus in Stillwater to the southern part of Tulsa, where I visited 36 North 96 West. After that, I drove south on US Highway 77 until it turned into the Indian Nations Turnpike, heading south-southeast. At Exit 82, Ragan Road, I exited the turnpike, winding back and forth across it until reaching a series of section line roads that led me west and south, west again, south again, and so on, through some wooded and pastured lands with some higher hills to the west. A girl in a pasture waved at me and I waved back. I saw some wonderful horse ranches. It was a great afternoon - cloudy, late winter, just after noon. I made the final turn to the south on Cabiness Road, then east on the wonderfully named Bucklucksy Road, and parked. I had intended to park a distance away so the vehicle would not be in any of the photographs, but I was running out of time and needed to get to the OKC airport. So, I parked with about a 2 minute walk to the confluence point.
I have visited a few other points that were on roads, most memorably, the point just southwest of Rochester, New York. This road in Oklahoma was much less traveled, and so, here, one could literally "drive through" the confluence without fear of blocking the road. But, I always like to hike to points whenever possible. I found the point at first right in the middle of Bucklucksy Road, but after a few minutes, with the changes in the GPS constellation, found the point just about on top of some cattle remains on the north side of the road. The road is lined with trees on both sides, so I added a photo of the surrounding meadows to my visit.
I had visited 35 North numerous times over the past 15 years, from California on the west to North Carolina on the east, and also I had visited 96 West several times, from Minnesota on the north to Texas on the south. This was my first time on this point, and it added to my 10 or so points in Oklahoma. It was about 64 degrees F; I saw cattle in the distance and some birds but no people. This was not a heavily touristed area of Oklahoma and thus it was great to be here, all by myself, and I didn't want to leave. After the point was visited, I found that I had about 30 minutes to spare, so I walked about a mile and a half up and down Cabiness Road, which was wonderful. I turned around when I heard some very territorial-sounding dogs. As I returned to my vehicle, an enormous truck passed me, possibly related to natural gas extraction. This area has some energy related extraction but is largely farming and ranching. Reaching my vehicle, I headed southwest, west, northwest, and then west again to reach the OKC airport with about an hour to spare before my flight departed. My visit to Oklahoma had been a great one and I hoped to return someday.