I have seen America. It is corn!

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I have been off the grid for a while. Well, not totally, but far enough away from good internet access to keep me away from my keyboard. My wife and I took a driving trip across much of the western U.S. from Phoenix to Northern Wisconsin. While I promised myself, I would never drive that far again, we knew we would be away from home for an extended period of time, so flying didn't work. In 2021 the cost of renting a car for five weeks, if you can even get a rental, would exceed the cost of buying a car.
Over the years we had seen enough of the Interstate Highway system to know that despite its efficiency, it is long and boring. For this trip we decided to avoid the Interstate as much as possible and see the real America. Traveling along state highways and through small towns can sometimes be a treat. We traveled along the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico and through some wonderful mountain roads in Colorado. We visited several small towns that it seemed time has forgotten.
When you take the road less traveled it is easy to see why we say America the Beautiful. Unfortunately, many small towns suffer the opposite fate of having an interstate highway pass by their door. When travelers no longer pass through these towns businesses suffer and people leave for greener pastures.
Once we left the mountain states the scenery became less dramatic. Much of it was rolling hills or pastureland dotted with iconic farmhouses and barns that call to mind those American Gothic paintings.
Of course, we saw corn. Lots of corn. Some of it is sweet corn for your Labor Day barbecue. Some of it feed corn to be used for fattening cattle and pigs and other farm animals. Some of it will end up in our gas tanks as ethanol. From the highway it is hard to tell which you are seeing; it all looks the same.
As we drove further east the trees got bigger and the rivers and lakes more abundant until the landscape became green as an emerald.
But no matter where we drove, it was America. Full of Americans from all corners of the globe. Small towns, big cities. Industrial cities and college towns. Black, White, Hispanic, Native American all in this together. Same desires, same goals. All equal.
And corn, don’t forget the corn.
Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com
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Comments (19)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, America is beautiful, and road trips are so fun.   Sounds like you had a great time!

Sep 06, 2021 02:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- Larry and I love road trips!!! We used to take what I'd call the Family Obligatory Tour that took us about 2 1/2 weeks...driving from South Florida to Omaha, Kansas City, down to Houston and then back to FL. And since Larry's family farm is in Iowa, yes...on occasion we saw lots and lots of corn. 

But the connecting theme was how wonderful this country is. 

Sep 06, 2021 04:37 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Cool Joseph. I love those corn fields and in Iowa..."If you build it they will COME". Jeff 😎

Sep 06, 2021 05:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joseph:

That must have been quite the trip! I have driven from the NE to California 3 times, and I do remember lots of corn.


Sep 06, 2021 05:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love road trips more than any other kind of travel.  I haven't taken any since the pandemic, and I'm suffering serious wanderlust.  Your adventure sounds wonderful, Joseph!

Sep 06, 2021 06:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 06, 2021 06:47 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

This post reminds me of the song Willin' by Seatrain. Many others play it also but this version has special meaning to me. Ah, the backroads, no better way to see America if you've got the time. Thank You Joe!

Sep 06, 2021 08:32 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Welcome back, that sounds like quite the trip...I love that last photo of the barn and the flag, and California has lots of corn too...

Sep 06, 2021 08:57 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - I haven't been to nearly enough states in our country to gain enough perspective but I have seen lots of corn, wide open spaces and interesting sights along the roads/highways as I passed through some of them.  It's definitely a big country "out there".   Thank you for allowing us a passenger's view of your trip.   

Sep 07, 2021 03:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm not a fan of long car rides. Blech. That being said, we did drive cross-country when moving from NY to MT and I totally agree with your assessment. Highways are boring. We have a ton of corn in this country. And back roads are much more interesting (and sometimes scarier in terms of no guard rails/etc) than highways.

Sep 07, 2021 05:44 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

It's always great to be on the road and explore the fly over part of the country! There is so much to see and the corn mazes are fun too!

Sep 09, 2021 09:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 11, 2021 05:32 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joe. I must say, I am jealous. The back roads sound fantastic. Enjoy your trip

Sep 12, 2021 04:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jie - America the Beautiful.  I really love road trips and would like to do one cross country.

Sep 12, 2021 07:03 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I can recall years ago while working in the Midwest that the residents, knew they were in a different county because there was a break in the corn fields.  

We have a very beautiful country ad when getting off the traveled roads the beauty shines

Sep 12, 2021 06:31 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

We spent a lot of time and miles on our beautiful highways through this country this summer. We live in a beautiful nation.

Sep 13, 2021 06:40 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love road trips as you truly see this great country. Yes, there is a lot of corn!

Sep 13, 2021 07:02 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

So many darn cornfields all across America it's like a movie of cornfields directed with a camera made of corn lol :) that's just a joke but there is a lot of corn

Sep 13, 2021 10:36 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

faye schubert you gota love a good Road trip and especially after the pandemic has kept us inside for so long!

Sep 13, 2021 10:38 PM