21-Aug-2005 -- Lakebeds are cool – especially when they are dry!
It was time for another confluence adventure, this time successfully visiting confluences in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana. This would be my fifth of thirteen successful visits on my trip with 39N-113W preceding this visit.
I was westbound on Crystal Peak Road and approaching this confluence from one of the most remote geodash points I’ve found in the Ferguson Desert. There is something to be said about smooth dirt roads that you can maintain 65mph on!
I turned north off what was now called the Blackrock-Crystal Peak Road onto a white sandy double track at N38 58.163 W113 59.894 that would be easy for a pickup or SUV. It was on top of a dry lakebed in Snake Valley and was just west of and paralleling a small drainage. The road was very flat and I was able to maintain about 20 mph until abeam the confluence.
At this point, having a high clearance vehicle helps – I was able to drive right up to the confluence from the double track. It would have been just as easy to hike about a half mile over very flat ground. It was a very nice day outside with lots of birds and even some pronghorn antelope!
Picture #1 looks west towards Baker and Wheeler Peak. Picture #2 looks north up Snake Valley. Picture #3 looks east across the Ferguson Desert. Picture #4 looks south. Picture #5 shows my GPS position from my dashboard – talk about being able to drive right to the point! Picture #6 shows a Pronghorn antelope in the area. Picture #7 shows my (still clean) confluence vehicle.
It took me 0:14 to travel the 4.6 miles from the confluence back to the intersection of Blackrock-Crystal Peak Road and NV-159.
Next stop: 40N-114W.