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United States : New Mexico

14.6 miles (23.6 km) SSE of La Loma, Guadalupe, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 1630 m (5347 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 75°E

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#2: View to SSE of confluence; ranch house in trees. #3: North from the confluence. #4: Western view; what can I say?

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  35°N 105°W (visit #1)  

#1: The official N35 W105 bush.

(visited by Ed Vinson)

17-Aug-1999 -- Driving on I-40 in eastern New Mexico is not exactly exciting. The few tourist traps don't have a lot to offer, but at least a couple of confluences are near, and even accessible to non-four-wheel-drive folks. We took the one closest to our path, and it turned out to be an excellent first confluence.

I exited I-40 on US 84, northbound toward Anton Chico for only about 1.7 miles. A track off to the right, just like MapBlast showed, marked 35N to my satisfaction. I stopped on the shoulder and left my brave wife reading in the car; I crawled through a barbed-wire fence and dead-reckoned my way about 1700 feet due west. Once I got there, I reckoned that the rabbitbrush plant in Picture #1 was the official confluence shrub, and so I took its picture.

Looking north from this spot, the plains continue with not a lot of interruption; the small grove of trees in Picture #3 are probably a homesite. You may be able to see some low hills or ridges in the distance -- real mountains are only 50 miles or so up that way. Picture #4 looks west from the confluence. Notice how the telephone poles bring out the vertical aspect of the landscape. Heck, they ARE the vertical aspect!

Finally, photo #2 looks SSE back toward I-40. The trees in this picture do surround a house, most likely the home of the people whose land I was trespassing on. I was, however, finished trespassing, and hiked back to the car, leaving only the memory of my footprints and the small piece of shirt that I snagged on the barbed wire.


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#1: The official N35 W105 bush.
#2: View to SSE of confluence; ranch house in trees.
#3: North from the confluence.
#4: Western view; what can I say?
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