Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


October 11, 2013

The corn maze journey


“As long as you can read a map and have good navigational skills, you’ll be fine.”

Great, I have neither. I’ve started many-a-phone conversation with, “Hey, I’m lost” in varying tones of desperation. So I was feeling less than confident about this corn maze. At this point, it made the best sense to just charge forward.

Plus, a child of the corn was close behind. Titus Guffey came on the adventure equipped with a stick and even better stories. The 9-year-old lives at Guffey Acres with his parents and older brother, Isaac. Their backyard is unspeakably the best.

“If you wing it, you could be in here a while. There were some teens who did that. They were in here for 45 minutes,” Titus told me.

“Yeah, I got a cellphone call from them and they were stuck in one of the sections. We had a corn cop go get them and help them out,” Jessica added.

A corn cop, in case you were curious, is someone who monitors the mazes in cool camouflaged chairs and helps those painfully lost find their way back to the exit before they find their way to insanity. I saw a lot of interesting loops that would make even the most sensible mind feel like sanity was escaping them, and I was there during the day.

Jessica and Titus let me lead the way. I felt sorry for them, but somehow, in the midst of my lefts and rights, I guided us back to the exit in 13 minutes.

“You’re really good at navigating,” Jessica said.

I laughed out loud. My fiancé replied to my text about my navigational skills being complimented with, “LOL.”

“Well, you’re good at navigating in a cornfield,” she added with a laugh.

Maybe, thanks to my summers at my Pap’s where playing in the cornfield was a daily adventure.

Bottom line: Kids or adults, whether your mind is a compass or your “Point A to Point B” ends up including about seven other points, go explore one of Kokomo’s corn mazes. Navigational skills are not required.

Lindsay Eckert

[friday] editor/ Corn maze navigator

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