"The corn is as high as an elephant's eye
And it looks like it's climbing clear up to the sky!"
~~~ Oscar Hammerstein Jr., "Oklahoma!"
Rick and I headed home for a few days -- a doc appointment for me, time for his cycling trip to Ottawa for him. It was a gloomy day when we left -- it's always easier to leave the lake on a cold, gloomy day!
We usually don't travel on a Sunday and we knew the traffic would be terrible. (One look at the freeway confirmed this.) So we decided to take the two-lane roads home, Old 27, as it is called. I bet we didn't see more than 15 cars over the close to 200 mile trip (back roads add distance!). It was heaven and it was fun.
Our lunch stop was at Harrison, Michigan. We've had bad food in Harrison before and weren't sure where to stop but when we saw a BBQ sign decided to give it a try.
Harrison Smokehouse BBQ could not be beat. Such a wonderful surprise. I had the pulled pork sandwich, Rick the chicken and both were great.
The restaurant is unprepossessing, very up north. Vinyl booths, no tablecloths or carpets. Just fabulous food, which is really what matters most! The staff was great and the prices were right. We'll go again.
Back on the road we came into corn country, I'm a big fan of sweet corn. Indeed, I grew up in a family that grew corn. My grandparents had quite a crop each year which we enjoyed throughout my youth. A Just-corn dinner was always one of the highlights each summer during my youth.
For miles, we saw field after field of corn -- very tall, beautiful corn -- and yes, it was "as high as an elephant's eye."
It's wind turbine country too. I couldn't begin to count the volume of windmills we saw doing their thing, making safe power.
Back at home Rick detailed my car (admittedly a mess!) and it looks like a brand new vehicle, save for a few mishaps that came when it arrived in my own world. Nothing to do about those and that's OK. Three cheers!
And then there are the doc, lab work, picking up stuff from the pharmacy and medical supply place, groceries. Home-again always is a bit frustrating. There are the things one didn't put away before leaving, projects too big to tackle over a few days but annoying nonetheless, lack of food in the house, spots that make you crazy!
I'll drop Rick off along the way to his Ottawa destination too bypass a few gnarly biking areas, meet a friend for lunch and head back to the lake on Thursday. Meanwhile, I leave you with our last sunset from the lake.
Not perfect, but pretty darned beautiful.