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Photo by Sonja Sommerfeld


In 1981, three college students decided to haul a desk to the top of a hill above campus. Visitors can hike to the spot and sign a notebook kept in the desk that overlooks town. Sometimes the desk gets moved or replaced, but once you find it you’ll be rewarded with glorious views of the valley.

Reader Kent Pruett of Belmont did a little detective work to figure out the location. "Putting 2 and 2 together (West Texas hills, has a college, adjacent to the highway) led me to Sul Ross," he says. "I got on Google maps and scanned the area for what I could see in the background on the photo. Then ... I found it! It's the Sul Ross Desk in Alpine." You are correct, sir. The desk resides on top of Hancock Hill near campus.

Photo by Sonja Sommerfeld
TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, f/5.6 @ 1 /400 second, ISO 160.

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