Saturday Bernie and I were heading out to the Unitas mountains to do a little exploring and fishing.
As we hauled down a simple road we stopped to check out this little monument.
So...in 1873 some guy showed up at this particular spot and was able to determine that it was EXACTLY the 41st parallel of the north latitude with the 34th degree of the west longitude (west of Washington D.C)
He put up the red rock marker that was inscribed with his name and various numbers.
I did a 360 degree look around.
I tried to imagine what this area would have looked before the road was laid...
and before the fence posts were put in.
The idea that Mr. A. V. Richards could, via astronomy and surveying skills, determine where he was, exactly, on the planet, and also determining that he was on the southwest corner of Wyoming amazes me.
My ignorance concerning surveying and how astronomy figures into it is profound.
My appreciation of the beauty around me is like wise profound.
I bet it wasn't this pretty on the November day when Mr. Richards made his determination.
I hope that some where along the way he got to see it in summer splendor.