04/24/19 Pine Mountain, GA

DAY #186

It rained last night and the rain continued into the early afternoon. Thankfully it was nothing severe, just a moderate on again/off again rain. Along with the rain came a drop in temperature, went from short sleeve to long sleeve weather. If that’s as bad as it gets, I think I can struggle through it (big baby). One thing that I was so thankful for was no leaks in the trailer during this latest round of rain. I have to admit, a part of me expects it to start leaking at some point. Must be the pessimist in me.

The clouds cleared away by 3:00 pm and I thought I’d take a spin into the big city, LaGrange, GA, which was about a 1/2 hour ride away. I wanted to get some provisions (they had a Publix there), and to find a ATM to draw some cash out. My debit card which I’ve been using to get cash out along the journey expires at the end of April and since I’m not sure when I’ll be back home in Minnesota (projected late May), I thought it prudent to start accumulating some cash before I can’t use the card anymore.

On the way to LaGrange, I had the opportunity to get off the main line and travel down some good old Georgia back roads, it always gives me a thrill (along with a little anxiety).

Before turning onto the dirt road, I traveled for a couple of miles down a paved road that looked like it hadn’t been paved since the 30’s (I’m sure it wasn’t that old). For a short while, I could pretend that I was back in that time I’ve always wanted to be, it was so cool.

Back to reality and into LaGrange, GA, I went. Got all my errands taken care and gave the city a quick once over. Sadly, the downtown area while still very much intact, has become overgrown with the effects of urban sprawl. Add to that a couple of freeways now crossing through the city, and that’s only exasperated the changes. Maybe it’s a sign of growing old, but I find myself (at least down here) wishing the changes hadn’t come.

One of LaGrange’s historical homes.
Once sitting on a large plantation, today it is nestled into a residential neighborhood.
It was spared being burned during the union occupation in the civil war.

Headed back to a quieter place to spend a serene evening overlooking the lake from my campsite. What stated out as a gloomy, cool day ended up being more than just OK.

04/23/19 Pine Mountain, GA

DAY #185

Drove around the area today seeing some of the sights. The park is located upon a ridge and the views from both sides are simply spectacular.

Looking south along the ridge.
You can hike the 23+ mile Pine Mountain Trail.
Maybe next time (yea right).
Looking north along the ridge.

Went up to Dowdell’s Knob which was a favorite spot of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was President (for those who don’t know) from 1932 until his death in 1945.

Franklin D. Roosevelt loved to picnic here and he had this grill built.
It was filled in to preserve it.

I’ve always had a fascination with the Great Depression and in many ways, it ties in with my equal fascination of the ‘Old South’. To be able to come to this place and spend time where FDR, who played such a central and integral role in that period, also spent time, was a moving and fulfilling experience.

Next stop was Warm Springs. It’s a really small town that to this day remains quiet and rather quaint.

It was also the location of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation which FDR set up for the rehabilitation of those with polio.

The original entrance .
As you can guess, I didn’t take this photo..
Some of the cottages where the patients stayed
Sadly a couple of cottages were destroyed by fire over the years.

Headed back to the campground. Rain was forecast to be moving into the area later in the evening, and tomorrow looked to be rainy as well (at least starting out).

So enjoyed the day. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, not much more one could ask for.