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United States : California

27.8 miles (44.8 km) NW of Winterhaven, Imperial, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 158 m (518 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 65°E

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#2: Matt and Kelly with GPS and tortoise shell #3: Kelly shoots the tree #4: Matt's shadow and the shell #5: Some sort of prickly, spiny plant thing

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  33°N 115°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking north fron N33 W115

(visited by Matt Taylor and Kelly Bedeian)

18-Dec-1999 -- Note to self: No more off-roading in a two-wheel drive pickup. I had been planning this confluence visit for awhile, and it seemed that it was going to be a lot easier to get there than it was. I mean, the maps showed these lines that looked like paved roads that would take us to within a mile of the confluence, and then we'd have a little hike to get there. Those lines were indeed roads, but most of it was this well-driven-upon soft sand for a really annoying 15 miles ("how much farther, Kelly?" "12.6 miles." 15 minutes later, "how much farther Kelly?" "12.1 miles." Then we got to the "road" which would take us to the site, which was more like a couple of ruts. I pushed the F-150 well beyond its limits as an SUV till we came to the spot from which we'd walk. It was a beautiful day, and the isolation of this area was really cool. Shortly before the confluence, we found the shell of the endangered desert tortoise which served as our mascot for the rest of the hike. About 50 meters west of the confluence was a BLM range/township marker.

As we started the hike back to the car I made another note to myself: when hiking in the desert, always remember where you left the car.


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#1: Looking north fron N33 W115
#2: Matt and Kelly with GPS and tortoise shell
#3: Kelly shoots the tree
#4: Matt's shadow and the shell
#5: Some sort of prickly, spiny plant thing
#6: The BLM marker
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