Where will I end up next?

I find myself wandering around Maryland and surrounding states looking for Geocaches, good kayaking sites and just any good photo opportunities that appear. Sometimes these travels lead nowhere, other times I turn up really interesting and unknown places. It’s when I find one of these that I get my camera out and just stroll around taking pictures, not from the ordinary viewpoints, some are more puzzling than others. What I’ll show isn’t what the Tourist Postcards would show.

Some of these communities are the kind that could be called “Wide Spots In The Road“. Sometimes they will hardly show up on Google Maps, most of the time they will be villages that earn a dot or a snall circle on maps. I have no schedule but I hope to make a posting at least monthly, but no promises. I will be roaming in Maryland, and surrounding states from time to time and just taking photos, roughly at random. There is a lot to see in nowhere’ville. Most of the time I will not have a real destination in mind, the weather may be good, or it may be pouring rain. It may be night or day. But I will be taking shots from odd points of view, not the typical tourist view. So get ready to see some different views.

I have a mental list of of places now, and more pop up from time to time. Some are in Maryland, but others are in near-by states. If you have a favorite you’d like to see please send me a comment and I’ll see if it fits into my travels.

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Mingo

I’m always on the lookout for more Small Towns. This is possibly not qualified as a Town, Hamlet, or even a Village. It’s just a place. But I’ll call it a town for now.

One of my stops on a vacation trip to Colorado was a small town of Mingo Kansas. From I-70 one goes west on County-K for about a mile, don’t blink or you might pass right through. Mingo’s main claims to fame is that it is the home of the oldest Geocache appropriately named Mingo. Placed in May of 2000, this cache is on the bucket list of many geocachers, we like finding geocaches of special significance. After finding the geocache I proceeded into Mingo itself to do a bit of exploring. The following photos don’t show much, and that’s right. There’s not much to the town, maybe a dozen houses, a church, the requisite Grain Elevators and a railroad. Most of the roads in the area are dirt, well, the Interstate is paved. From 1888 until 1940 Mingo had a post office. The closest towns of any size that show up on Google Maps are Colby and Oakley, each about 10 miles away.

The Railroad tracks

Tracks to the north
Looking to the north the tracks seem to go on forever.

Rails from the south
Looking the south the tracks go on forever too, but with a siding.

Grain Elevators

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Out in Wheat country, whatelse but grain elevators, of course they are along the railroad tracks.

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The only life I saw

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While I was wandreing around in Mingo, these three horses were the only living cratures i saw.

Other sights around Mingo

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What’s being hidden by the bush. There’s got to be something lurking in the window.

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This sees to be local art.

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None of the grass seemed long enough to need mowing. and the day I was there I doubt that the grass would grow. the temperature was near 100F and sunny.

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Where are the kids for the playground. Probably it is used when the parents are spending Sunday mornings in the Church.

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This looks like a typical rural road in Kansas – dirt.

Got any ideas of towns you’d like to see? Send me them in the comments.

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