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United States : Wyoming

18.6 miles (29.9 km) S of Evanston, Uinta, WY, USA
Approx. altitude: 2386 m (7827 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 41°S 69°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Overall map.  Green track and blue diamond waypoints were downloaded from the GPS receiver. #3: Monument marking SW corner of Wyoming. #4: What A.V. Richards thought he was doing. #5: GPS revealing that A.V. was 231.5 meters and 3.94 kilometers off. #6: First locked gate, looking south.  Confluence is 2.74 kilometers away.

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  41°N 111°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Locked gate at Yellow Creek.  Confluence is 4.66 kilometers to the SW.

(visited by R.O. Despain and Mary McHale Wood Despain)

21-Sep-2000 -- On the map, this looked like a piece of cake: take roads to within 400 meters of the confluence and walk to it. Although n41w111 is in Wyoming, it was originally intended to be Wyoming's SW corner, where it makes its maximum intrusion into Utah, so I was covering it as part of my effort to cover all of Utah and its border (Utah would have been a 5-degree (n37-42, w109-114w) rectangle but Wyoming got there first (something about polygamy)). On the way, we stopped by the legal corner to take a few pictures and to measure the actual coordinates with the GPS receiver (pictures 3-5).

When we got to where the dirt road went off from County Road 150, we found an open gate and went through it. The road quickly degenerated into a faint track at the side of a gas pipeline going NE up a steep slope. At the top of the slope, we found a fence and followed it SE for 50 to 60 meters to a simple gate secured by a single loop of wire. On the other side of the gate, there was a sign telling us that the area we had come through was restricted. This was impolite on our part but unintended and we planned to take a different route out, so that should be all right.

A much better graded road led south and soon joined an even better road that led to a locked gate (pic 6). This was disappointing. A faint track went off to the east and we followed it until it came to the brink of a steep ravine. At that point, we followed the track back and then the better road which led to another locked gate when it got back to CR 150. Cursing, we retraced our route back down the pipeline and out of the open gate (which probably should have been locked).

We'd planned to come down Yellow Creek, so we drove to there to see if we could use that route to get to the confluence. No luck: it was locked as well. So we gave that up and headed for n41w110. There may be a way in from Utah on the south but that's going to have to wait for another day -- maybe until next summer: this part of Wyoming is now (27 Sep) under two feet of snow.


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#1: Locked gate at Yellow Creek. Confluence is 4.66 kilometers to the SW.
#2: Overall map. Green track and blue diamond waypoints were downloaded from the GPS receiver.
#3: Monument marking SW corner of Wyoming.
#4: What A.V. Richards thought he was doing.
#5: GPS revealing that A.V. was 231.5 meters and 3.94 kilometers off.
#6: First locked gate, looking south. Confluence is 2.74 kilometers away.
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