366. Colby, Thomas County (KS007)

I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised with this courthouse! This is definitely not the cookie-cutter courthouses I’ve been seeing out there on this trip. The clock tower is lovely, and I’m bemoaning that you don’t see a lot of them these days.

If you take a close look at the background of the war memorial photo, you’ll see another county building that’s modern, but styled like the courthouse. Bravo. I like that attention to detail, eye for design, and emphasis on continuity.

I haven’t been current for a while. In fact, I’ve got about three weeks of entries to post, another week of New Mexico and Arkansas entries to write, and I haven’t even begun thinking about this weekend other than getting out and doing the thing. I’m on-site (well, near-site, anyway) as I write this. Some of you might find the jump forward in narration a bit strange. But we all know why I’m here…

Ladies and gentlemen (or however you identify—I don’t mean to be gender assumptive): MINGO.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that this is officially Cache Two Thousand for me?

And why now, specifically? Notice how I went silent for a couple of days? That’s because this entry that you’re reading is Entry Five Hundred. All these things would only align once. I wasn’t going to miss my chance to make this one a special one.

As always, I want to thank everybody who is reading this. I do this regardless of whether or not people read it, but I get pleasure from knowing that I might bring something interesting to someone’s day. And, of course, I’ve been zealously guarding my cache finds to make this happen, so I decided to grab a few extra…

I ran into a couple of cachers from Chicago, WA$P and househag. We did the gadget cache together. They did all the hard work; I just stood around and looked pretty. I thank them for their assistance! I don’t know if I have their handles correct, so I promise I’ll come back and fix them (with appropriate links) when I get a chance. Ironically, when I finally left, I saw another truck pull up to grab some of the caches I was just leaving.

And further, I offer thanks to the Pioneer Memorial Public Library. Realizing that my phone’s connection would not be adequate for image uploads, I shot over and used their connection to publish this post. But I spent enough time in Colby today. It’s time to move on down the road. The counties leading up to this will be written about eventually, as will the counties following. Until then, it’s time to continue with New Mexico, which is why I woke up in…

27 thoughts on “366. Colby, Thomas County (KS007)

  1. Thanks, GWB, for a very articulate accounting of geocaching. When I am introducing someone new to geocaching, I think back to the fun, the challenging, the folks one meets along the way, and logging (which these days has gotten reduced to “Found it” or “Thanks for the cache” and the really illiterate (sorry) just a few initials. Years ago, we wrote stories about what happened along the way; some things that didn’t actually, really happen that way, but makes a better story; and these story logs become part of the fun itself. All this to say why your blog is extra special to me. And, I am sending this one to my son-in-law, hoping he will get hooked. Keep up the good work!

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  2. I found Mingo way back in 2005 by chance as I was taking the nonscenic route home from Denver. I think I was finder number seven hundredth something. Even fifteen years ago that was a special accomplishment.
    P.S. househag is my new favorite name

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