Kansas in January
I hadn’t ancipated returning to Kansas until late April. But I was honored with an unexpected induction to the St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. Saints Hall of Fame, and so I found myself back home for a late-January ceremony.
The good thing about visiting Kansas in January is the lack of ticks. That affords you the opportunity to go caching deep into forests that you dare not trek during the tick-infested summer months. I didn’t get to do much caching during this trip, since I was working most of the time. But I did get away with some old caching friends for a memorable Sunday in Holton, Kan.
My Geocaching username should give away the fact that I’m not a big fan of Kansas State University. I’m a Jayhawk, born and bred. But I can set aside my Wildcat distaste for caches placed by friend DrPowercat. He has created a “trail” of caches that surround Banner Creek Reservoir. All told, there are more than 80 geocaches to be found. Some are pretty easy. But you’ll also find plenty of my favorite kind of hide: the tree climber.
The CO himself came along to accompany a group that included myself, den2den2, javthrowr, kcsmiths, OrigamiFolder and Truvtter. We really couldn’t have asked for a much better January day in Kansas. It was pretty nippy to start, but the temperature warmed up nicely and the wind was hardly noticeable. When it was all said and done, we’d hiked 13+ miles and found around 80 caches.
I returned a few days later to complete the series. It wasn’t quite the same caching solo, but there’s something about being out by yourself on a Kansas reservoir that can’t be beat.
Like I said, I didn’t get to do a ton of other caching during this trip. But I don’t want to forget to mention my visit to Tiffany Springs Park. If you’re ever in the Kansas City area, and it’s not tick season, give TSP a try. There are some really high quality caches out there. My favorite of this visit was Where Eagles Dare, a wonderful tree climber very near a parking area. If you like to climb, you’ll love this one!