FDR State Park – Pine Mountain GA

Nothing like a visit with an old friend to break the winter doldrums. It’s been several weeks since I have been on the road and I’m anxious to go again. The weather promises to at least be warmer if not dry. I have made improvements to Snoopy (e.g. the new closet space), a new litter box for Oreo (courtesy of Charlene), and rearranged how things are packed. There is still much to be done but it’s time to try it out.

The new sticker in the back window says it best. (If anyone sees a sticker of Snoopy giving a finger that would work too.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

The trip down was pretty uneventful. I stopped several times and put Oreo in Snoopy to eat, drink and poop. He’s getting more relaxed about traveling. Birmingham was a minor issue. With all the construction, it was like Atlanta — a mess.

Besides being one of my favorite presidents, his namesake state park is also a favorite. FDR State Park is the largest in Georgia and has great camping sites and plenty of trails for walking or hiking. It is located near Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site, Callaway Gardens, and a number of other interesting sites.

The park also has a full list of events. One that caught my eye was the Dr. Seuss Read Across America on March 4th. I recently bought a copy of Yertle the Turtle for someone in my office for the wisdom Theodor left us. I will miss it this year but I will watch for another of my favorite authors in the future. 

 

I got a nice site right on the lake. One of advantages of camping this time of year is the lack of other campers. I didn’t have a reservation but I checked the website and it looked like plenty were available so I took a chance. There were plenty available but more were taken near the lake.

 

My site was a pull-thru and cost $24 per day with the senior discount. It would have been $30 without the discount. Georgia is not as generous to seniors as Tennessee or Mississippi.

Ed came by Monday afternoon to say hello. He has a busy schedule but we planned some windows of opportunity.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ed Summey, raconteur extraordinaire.

Ed came back on Tuesday morning about 8:30am for breakfast: Wright’s thick sliced bacon scrambled eggs, sourdough toast with orange marmalade, orange juice and coffee. Does it sound like we are roughing it?

Camping is full of adventures and misadventures. We prepared to cook and eat outside. While we were walking around, Mother Nature decided to roll the campsite. A gust of wind blew a roll of paper towels all the way to the lake. I guess this was payback for things that might have gotten done many years ago. You couldn’t help but laugh.

The real reason for breakfast was the conversation. We cut the conversation short at 3pm when Ed had to go back to Columbus (29 miles) for a play rehearsal. I was invited to dinner. Nilsa’s dinner (meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, rolls and cupcakes) was wonderful; Ed warmed it up and set it out. I enjoyed meeting the other actors and even read the lines for some folks that were absent. Great fun!

Nilsa packed me a care package when I left. I can hardly wait to have a meatloaf sandwich on sourdough bread.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It rained all night and continued into the morning. Do I care — no. I worked indoors this morning. I did a little work for TACD, cleaned up Snoopy, and started working on this page. I think I’m going to do a little reading on Nevada Barr’s Liberty Falling until I fall asleep …

Ahhhh. I hope naps are good for you. To keep from being a lazy slug, I decided to hike the Mountain Creek Trail Loop this afternoon. 3.4 miles, and fairly level.

Easy to follow trail.

Several stream crossings but I never got my feet wet.

In the 1930s, the CCC built 2 hatcheries. This appears to be the spillway for one of those dams.

The trail goes over the dam.

It looks like we might get some more rain tonight.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ed brought Harvey (Harvey the RV) over this morning and took the space next to Snoopy. We ate cereal for breakfast and decided to go exploring for the day. Our first stop was on West Point Lake, a Corp of Engineers property. The lake has 525 miles of shoreline and extends into Georgia and Alabama. The dam is on the Chattahoochee River.  

If you are looking for an alternative to FDR, The R. Shaefer Heard campground would be a good choice where 117 campsites are available year around. All sites have hook-ups.

Helipad Coordinates: N32*53’27.8″ W085*05’11.8″ Please call before flying out!

On the way to West Point Lake, I noticed a small sign outside West Point for River’s Bend Winery and Vineyard. On the way back, I watched for the sign and made the turn to check it out. Ed and I had been talking about what we were going to do for lunch. This stop ended all those discussions.

Donald and Lee Hughes in the tasting room.

In the tasting room, we ordered a wedge of Farmer’s Cheese and a collection of their various products from Lee who was handling the bar. Lee is a great conversationalist. She told us about her life in Texas and her migration to Tennessee with Donald, her husband, and Amanda, her daughter. We spent a couple of hours enjoying the wine and cheese but mostly the conversation.

A few of the award winning wines.

As we were leaving we met Amanda, the General Manager and her dad, Donald. This is a nice family producing a fine product. Plan a visit when you are in the area.

When we got back to the campsite, it was time for a nap. Couldn’t have anything to do with the wine we consumed. After this time out, it was time for dinner: burgers on sourdough bread and chips. Not fancy, but very good if I do say so myself.

Friday, February 24, 2017

This bridge, near the entrance to the park, was designed by FDR himself and built by the CCC.

For breakfast we went to The Country Kitchen for a traditional breakfast with a great view. Owned and operated by Callaway Gardens, The Country Kitchen was a great place to enjoy a conversation and a leisurely breakfast.

It was time to go home. I hooked up Snoopy and after a visit to the dump station, hit the road. The ride home was uneventful; the weather was nice and we arrived back in Nashville about 5:00 pm.

One Response to “FDR State Park – Pine Mountain GA”

  1. Edard Summey says:

    Very well done again my friend!! Who is the geezer with a Mohawk sitting at the picnic table?
    Twas a very nice visit indeed; can’t wait for the next: ” Adventures of Snoopy and the Red Barron”. Stay tuned America!!

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