22-Aug-2002 -- We were making a round trip from Richfield, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado, so, naturally, the first thing I did was to check on nearby confluences. There are precious few unvisited confluences in the United States, but no matter. Any visit to a confluence is a great experience. Ours is the third visit to this confluence, all of which have been successful visits.
Today was a beautiful day to be on the Grand Mesa where the highway surpasses 10,000 feet in elevation. The temperature in the valley below was in the low 90s, but on the Mesa it was in the high 50s and low 60s. The sky was blue and the clouds were white and puffy.
We parked the car at the closest approach and immediately found the trail that the Nordstroms mentioned. The "distance to next" on the GPS showed 0.57 of a mile. The hike was pleasant. We found a rock cairn. It looks almost the same as the one in Ken Nordstrom's photos except that the top rock seems to be missing. I set the GPS on it and it soon settled down to read all zeroes.
Since the confluence is in the quaking aspen forest, the views are pretty much the same in all directions. So, I included photos of a nearby clearing and of some beautiful wildflowers we saw.
It was a great day!