28-Jan-2005 -- My son Kaden and I were on our way to Abilene, TX from Rio Rancho, NM to see our new cousin and nephew, Jayden. We thought this would be a good time to visit this confluence with our GPS. It had been a while since this site was last visited and it would be the first recorded visit with a GPS.
We took I-40 East to Exit 256 (Highway 84 north) and drove about 2 miles to N 35 degrees and parked our truck. It was a nice sunny day but it was windy and cold. We climbed over a barbed wire fence and walked about three tenths of a mile to the confluence at N 105 degrees. We did not see any cows but saw plenty of evidence that they are around. Off in the distance (about 200 yards from the confluence) was a lone antelope that stopped to check us out. We could see I-40 off to the southwest and one ranch (2 to 3 miles) to the south and one ranch (about the same distance) to the north of us. We also passed under a phone or power line as we walked to the confluence. There were several cow trails in the area.
We found the confluence and the wind was blowing like crazy. My son kept asking if I was done so we could walk back to the truck because of the cold wind. I took one last picture of him and a GeoCaching Travel Bug (Little Woody) then hurried back to the truck. We loaded up everything in the truck and continued on to our first time visit in Texas.
Even though this confluence is probably not one of the most exciting spots on the earth, we had fun and hope to visit others soon.
The first picture (# 1) of the confluence is taken looking in a southwesterly direction.
I have tried to reconcile my photos with those of the first visit by Ed Vinson 08/17/99. His photos are either mislabeled or he is in the wrong place. From my observation it appears more likely that his photos are mislabeled. We both appear to be in the same general area. Ed Vinson's photo #4 Western View shows the telephone poles and ranch. I think #4 is actually looking in a southeast direction. In my #3 photo south view you can see the trees of the farm and the bridge of I-40 over Highway 84 north. In my #4 East view you can see the telephone poles and the same rolling hills in the distance that Ed Vinson shows on his #4 photo. Be assured that my photos are accurate in their description and direction.
My view to the north #2 shows mountains in the far distance and the telephone lines northeast to the right. Ed Vinson's north view does not show any mountains and telephone poles are seen in the distance directly in front. It appears that Ed Vinson's photos are scans of actual printed pictures. Mine are from a digital camera. Maybe he just forgot what direction he was standing when he took the pictures.