15-Jan-2001 -- On a business trip to northern California, I took the
opportunity to visit a couple of confluences in Nevada. I flew
into Reno on the morning of the 15th, picked up the rental car,
and headed east on I-80 and then south on state highway alt-95
through the small towns of Wabuska and Yerington. This area is
all wide-open range. What appears to be the north end of the Wassuk
Range of mountains is nearby.
Outside of Yerington I began looking for a way to get near the
confluence. Heading east on alt-95 I found a dirt road leading
south. I took it and made my way generally toward the confluence,
taking roads that became more like tracks after a while. I drove
up a steep hill and the track petered out. I parked by a power line
pole and continued on foot. It was mid-afternoon.
It was well below freezing, and snowing. The ground was covered
with a few inches of old snow as well. I walked about a half mile
through scrub and arrived at the confluence, marked by a bush. In
the general vicinity of the confluence were the power line, some
low wire fences, and the dirt roads that snaked around the valley.
There were no houses or other signs of human activity.
The pictures show the views to the north, east, south, and west,
and of the bush which marked the confluence. The view to the east
is obscured by the low clouds bringing the snow. It was getting late,
and I wanted to try for the next confluence to the southeast, so I
didn't stay long. I hiked back to the car and retraced my route
back to the highway.