We have just returned from a trip to Colorado. When you’re traveling, it’s amazing to see how different other places can be….. and depressing to see how similar many places have become! I mean, we drove across the states of Iowa and Nebraska, marveling at how almost every town had a Taco Bell, Wal-Mart, KFC, McDonalds, etc….. on one morning of all-day driving, we got off the highway for several small towns in a row to look for a little small-town cafe (like we have here at home) so a certain someone could have some eggs and toast on his birthday. Finally we found one; coincidentally in a small town similar in size to Mt. Horeb and also similarly very close to a state park. Maybe that’s how they survived! The place had the same kind of character as our own Schubert’s, and at 6:30 a.m. also had the farmers congregating in the corner drinking coffee and telling each other what they had done when the power went out the night before. Papa got a vegetable scramble, and was very satisfied…. I got some oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, which suited me fine although it was the same breakfast I’d been eating in the campground. Oh well…. at least they HAD oatmeal! Some places don’t, which is why I carry packets of instant. (And decaf tea. And Vegan Suncakes. And fruit leather. And almonds. I don’t go hungry!)
So, back to the coporatization of America… on the other hand, while traveling one sees chains of restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, etc. that are unfamiliar. (The most revolting one I saw was a gas/convenience chain called Kum and Go.) While driving through Colorado, however, we needed gas and pulled into a Shell station with a store we don’t have in Wisconsin, and in fact I had never, ever, seen here in the U.S. Only Hong Kong! However, it must be an American chain… who knew? This photo was taken in Castle Rock, CO. Amazing!