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United States : Washington

8.3 miles (13.3 km) NE of Benge, Adams, WA, USA
Approx. altitude: 498 m (1633 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 62°E

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#2: Grassland #3: GPS N47 W118 #4: View to south #5: View to west

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#1: View to southeast

(visited by Matt Goff)

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 flat land.

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 countryside.


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#2: Grassland
#3: GPS N47 W118
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#5: View to west
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