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United States : Arizona

3.9 miles (6.3 km) NW of Sahuarita, Pima, AZ, USA
Approx. altitude: 862 m (2828 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 32°S 69°E

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#2: A fishhook cactus. #3: Much of Tucson's high school population may have visited the site. #4: A stately Saguaro. #5: Giant mine dumps between us and the confluence.

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  32°N 111°W (visit #1)  

#1: Heinous Jumping Chollas.

(visited by Susan Mitchell and David Mitchell)

27-Nov-1998 -- Bored by incessant football action on the tube, Susan and David decided to try to make it a trifecta of Thanksgiving vacation confluences. Located just south of Tucson, this confluence again appeared to be a relatively simple endeavor. This confluence's lesson was that a map is a good confluence accessory: an errant shortcut turned into a longcut as giant mine dumps (photo #5) were between us and the confluence.

After 20 minutes of backtracking, we found ourselves on the correct side of the mine dump. Entering onto ASARCO mining company property, we parked the car near some portapotties and a mobile home/construction office. The confluence was an easy trespass near the road--so easy that it seems that much of Tucson's high-school population has visited the site (photo #3).

Forgiving the looming mine dump, the scene was very Sonoran desert: stately Saguaros (photo #4), heinous Jumping Chollas (who got their revenge on David a day later) (photo #1), and Fishhook cacti (photo #2) dotted the landscape. Luckily we were able to dodge house-sized mine trucks, ASARCO tour buses, and the gift shop.

Rejuvenated by our confluence success, we returned to Grammy's for turkey sandwiches and more football.


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#1: Heinous Jumping Chollas.
#2: A fishhook cactus.
#3: Much of Tucson's high school population may have visited the site.
#4: A stately Saguaro.
#5: Giant mine dumps between us and the confluence.
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