696. Vermillion, Clay County (SD02)

How many Clay Counties does this make? (Henry Clay is well represented in the county naming department.) I believe this makes four out of sixteen, so, as the animated fantasy dog-fighting sim says, “Gotta catch ‘em all!” That said, this is a good, solid courthouse, so good on them! Although, I can see that the previous one had to be torn down and rebuilt for some reason, and I’m just petty enough to hold that against them.

The good news was that there was a cache right behind the courthouse!  The bad news was that it was right by the Vermillion Police Department!  I’m sure you can understand why I might be hesitant to get a cache like this.  Something suspicious happens, someone overreacts, I get shot.  Add to that an entire building full of people who have the option to overreact, and I can imagine this going really badly really quickly for no reason whatsoever.  Luckily, this isn’t the hardened streets of the inner city nor parts of the South.  Neither was it immediately visible from the front door.  I did what needed to be done and got out judiciously, spending a whole eight minutes in the county, beating my record of eleven minutes.  I set off, resisting the urge to detour into the nearby town of Wakonda (just so I could make people think I got a cache in Wakanda), heading to…

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