06-Jun-2012 -- This would be the last of twelve successful visits on a clockwise loop east of Colorado Springs continuing from 38N 102W.
Turning south off US-50 at the town of Hasty, I made my way over the John Martin Dam. There were signs for the state park campground on the east side of the dam, it looked very empty. I continued on along well maintained dirt roads and parked 1.2 km west of the point along County Road 21. An approach from the north would have also worked but would have been longer.
It was easy walking over short grass, avoiding cow pies. There was another perpendicular barbed wire fence to cross almost all the way to the confluence. My track paralleled a double set of power lines to the south and a small herd of cows was gathered in the southeast corner of this section. It was flat enough to still see my vehicle and a radio tower to the northeast.
Data recording and pictures were captured and then it was back to the vehicle. It had been 5 years since the last reported visit to this confluence.
I made it back to Colorado Springs and stayed with some good friends while I waited for my daughters to complete the USAF Academy Summer Seminar Program. It had been 26 years since my graduation and I decided to try out my new GigaPan EPIC Pro mount for my camera. Here’s a link to my first panoramic shot taken from the Chapel Wall. This image is the combination of 172 images but unfortunately shows vignetting near the edges due to my improper use of auto exposure. Zoom around and see this cool technology!
My plan was to capture Gigapans during the next part of my adventure: Spending a week with my wife as we traveled through some rugged areas of Colorado and Utah and visiting eight very remote and challenging confluences along 38 and 39 North that would complete two unbroken lines of confluence visits from 123 West to 98 West. That adventure begins at 39N 107W.