25-May-2002 -- By the time I discovered confluence.org all the intersections in Colorado had already been done - the closest unclaimed confluence was in Wyoming, over 400 miles away. On Friday I recruited my co-worker Mike and we took off for a fast 26-hour round-trip expedition from Loveland, Colorado to the vicinity of Pinedale, Wyoming.
Good roads and light traffic saw us through Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and on to Pinedale by late evening. A full moon encouraged a midnight reconnoiter of the confluence access, which turned out to be a good road to within 1/3 mile of the confluence. After a few hours sleep and breakfast at the Wrangler Cafe, we headed back to the spot. We stopped at the Bar Cross Ranch, the nearest buildings, but the ranch hand "Mac" said it wasn't their land. Since the gate wasn't locked or posted, we decided to walk in and take our pictures.
The confluence is in the middle of a hay field along the New Fork River, surrounded by snow-covered mountain ranges on three sides. To the east the Wind River Range covers the entire horizon, with 13,804 ft (4,207 m) Gannet Peak visible about 20 miles to the northeast. The Gros Ventre Range is visible to the North, and the bright white snow-covered Salt Range stretches across the western horizon, though not in view from the confluence.
We took our photos and walked back to the car to start home, completing the 892-mile roundtrip just about 26 hours after departure.