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Friday, July 25, 2008

Side roads and tall corn

I had to drive out to Cone Road in Milan Township yesterday afternoon for a story and picture. It's a bit of hike from our offices in downtown Saline, but I was reminded what a wonderful time of year it is in Michigan to head out into the surrounding "farm country."

Maybe it's the cool clear light that really brings out the soft beauty of the countryside. The corn was tall on either side of me as I drove. The barns seemed to be a sharper rusty red, the farmhouses a brighter white. The sky was that wide open blue that makes you feel the world is domed by a pristine lake. I love the golden color of the rolled up hay and the way the rolls seem plopped down in the field.

The countryside around this area is a picture postcard this time of year. It was a beautiful drive.

And whenever the thought of the price of gas popped in my mind, I turned it away by turning back to admire the landscape of corn.

Any suggestions on more scenic drives nearby?

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Blogger Vance Shutes said...


I've always liked Bethel Church road, from Dell Road all the way out to M-52. As you get closer to M-52, the hills get larger, and the views are great. This is especially true in the fall.

July 26, 2008 at 5:32 AM  
Blogger Joe Zurawski said...

I recall an article several years ago about fall color tours. It mentioned Pleasant Lake Road and Scio Church Road as among the best within many miles. From your office go out North Ann Arbor Road to Pleasant Lake, turn left and go to M-52. Turn right and take M-52 to Scio Church then back to Wagner. Turn right and back to home. It is a nice drive anytime.

September 3, 2008 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Salinemary said...

Brian A neat drive at night is seeing the lit silos, at the centennial farm, on Bemis Rd. next to the Saline city limits. The farm is owned by the Braun Brothers (Howard and Kelvin). Let me know what you think. Mary Hess

November 9, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

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