09-Oct-2001 -- This confluence was not particularly difficult to attain. It made for a good family trip for the 4 of us. Karen and Vince had driven from Calgary, Alberta to visit with Dan and Val. We were destined for Jackpot, Nevada (nickel slots) and this seemed like a good detour. Our wives are most supportive of our GPS endeavours to boot.
Our trip took us south on Idaho State Hwy 93, then west from Rogerson on Three Creek Road, then south on a virtually unmarked gravel road.
On the evening before our sojourn, we prepared by scanning in a map from the Idaho Atlas and Gazeteer (complete with GPS grids) and importing it into Ozi Explorer software on Vince's laptop. We prepared for our trip by loading up the Ford 4x4 pickup with food, water, film, warm clothing, FRS two-way radios and fuel. Turns out the day we chose for the search had an ambient air temperature of 45F with winds of 15MPH from the NE. All we can tell you for sure is it was COLD while we were out of the vehicle.
Departing from home, we powered up the PC outside of Rogerson and hooked up Vince's Garmin GPS 12. Watching the moving map display on the PC made finding the road we needed pretty easy. We began to worry about private property crossings as many of the roads ended up as gates to pastures. There was not too much around for many many miles during this trip. We did, however, see lots of steer and sheep....
Locating the correct road, we headed south along the gravel for some 10 miles. We attempted one route but were too far away (about a mile too far west) and went back down the moderately challenging road that actually required the low range of the 4x4.
Finding another branch, we followed it and watched our GPSes. We parked and hiked to the spot about 500 yards south of the road. Surveyor's tape was nailed into the ground and labelled as "42 degrees N, 115 degrees W. 10.09.01. 15.15h. DEON-A-THON 2001".
We returned to the truck and dined on cold pizza, cheese sticks, water and trail mix. We turned around and headed to Jackpot Nevada. Suffice it to say our luckiest moment of the day was finding the confluence....