Day 60: Interstate Tour 2018
I love corn.
I love it on the cob or off, popped or caramel, steamed and fried, but mostly, I love driving past row upon row of it in the great agricultural expanse.
As a kid, I'd go to the Los Angeles County Fair and took a special interest in the agriculture and horticulture areas with their judging rings, animal enclosures and lots of kids holding guide lines for various cool-looking farm creatures. I was envious of all the neat stuff that the FFA and 4-H kids got to do, stuff that I'd never have a chance to experience living in the city.
In fact, growing up in Los Angeles, California was fun, and I'm truly glad that I had the experience. But it might be that I'm just a country boy at heart - I prefer wide open spaces and nature to the claustrophobic concrete and steel of the city.
The drive from Wilmington to Winton Woods was absolutely chock full of Ohio corn fields and I finally gave in, pulled over and launched the Mavic to get some shots for The Drone Zone on Patreon.
This is one of the magic elements of life on the road in a motorhome - you suddenly find yourself on a serendipitous adventure just because you decided to take another path. And there I am, flying my drone over a cornfield and seeing footage that looks like one of those big-screen films that always depicted American farming at the old Epcot Center.
Driving through the fly-over states is one of the only ways that you'll ever truly get to know this country. It can't be experienced from the comfort of your living room or read from the pages of a book or article. To appreciate the United States, you really have to get out there and see it, meet the people, eat the food, see the sights and, over time, you'll see it much clearer than ever before.
What you hear that gets trickled out via the media is only a small percentage of what's actually going on out here, good and bad. When you actually see the big picture, you realize how incredible it is to be here in a beautiful land, which is especially easy to see from far out in the wilds.
Eventually, I continued along to Winton Woods Campground, got checked in, set-up and logged-on to WiFi. It's back-on-the-stick time with five gigs this week and a lot of production to accomplish. Tomorrow's gonna roll in like Gene Autry...
"I'm back in the saddle again..."