Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fun, Friends, and a Fine Forest

We left the chaos, craziness and crowded rally behind and headed to the Georgia hills in a mini caravan with Nealy’s on Wheels and Technomadia.  Awhile back some friends recommended visiting Warm Springs where the F.D. Roosevelt “Little White House” historic site is located and that sounded like a great attraction to see.  Just so happens that there is also the F.D.Roosevelt State Park with a campground and over 9,000-acres of forest for us to explore and immerse ourselves back into nature.

The little town of Warm Springs was put on the map when Roosevelt (who was Governor of New York at the time) came to the mountain town hoping the warm springs water would cure his polio.  While the waters did not cure the disease they turned out to be soothing and therapeutic for polio sufferers. 

Roosevelt became enchanted with the small town and the natural beauty that surrounded the area.  He decided to build a vacation cottage nestled up to Pine Mountain which became known as the “Little White House.” While in Warm Springs he swam in the warm waters, got to know his neighbors, and drove the country roads where he met farmers and rural Americans struggling to survive.  It was during this time that he developed many of the policies that were incorporated into The New Deal.  He established the Civilian Conservation Corps to put young men back to work, he put forth the Rural Electrification Administration which brought electricity to rural America, and established the Social Security Administration. 

F.D.Roosevelt's convertible that was equipped with hand pedals
so he could drive along the country roads.
Today the house is on display as a historic site and there is a museum, old Secret Service Guard Post, gift shop, and picnic area on the grounds.  Roosevelt was posing for a portrait when he suffered a stroke and soon after died in his bed in Warm Springs.  The “Unfinished Portrait” was never completed and is on display in the museum.





The bedroom where Roosevelt died.
The comfortable, unassuming living room.

After spending five days driving around this area and hiking in the state park it is easy to see why Roosevelt was so enamored with the area.  We thoroughly enjoyed the quietness of the park and the long hikes in the woods.  But, we also had to explore these little towns and dive into some of the local foods.  First up was Mac's BBQ when Deas quickly made a U-turn and pulled into the parking lot after seeing a line at the counter.  Good thinking Deas, the food was great.


Best of all, we had great neighbors and spent many evenings sitting around the campfire, sharing meals and enjoying the company of Chris, Cherie, Deas and Jen.  The feasting never seemed to end and ran the gamut of BBQ, pineapple fried rice, Mexican food, and so much more.  Wine was always a side item.

Cherie and Chris (a.k.a Technomadia)
Jen demonstrating why she is called
"Happy Hour Everyday Girl"
The Technomadia super cool GM vintage bus.
Chris and Cherie's awsome cat "Kiki"
Great camping spot for the three rigs.
 It is hard to say "goodbye" . . . so we said “so long” to our friends and look forward to meeting up with them somewhere sometime.  Thanks for such a great time!  Safe travels.  We will miss you.




8 comments:

  1. On Memorial Day and Labor Day they actually open the warm springs historic pools for 'therapeutic' bathing. I was lucky enough to be there on Memorial Day in 2012, An historic experience for me. :)

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    1. That's awesome. I hope they felt as "silky" as the museum described them.

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  2. Happy Hour Every Day Girl is missing her happy hour buddies!

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    1. Hmm, did it stop you from having happy hour?

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  3. That is cutest picture of Kiki ever!! So thrilled we got the chance to get to know you both better. *cheers* to our next shared happy hour! Will be missing you both too.

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    1. Hope we are able to hook up again sometime soon. We enjoyed the laughs and conversations with you guys and soft pets with Kiki.

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  4. Looks like a great place to stay and it is always fun to meet like-minded friends on the road. We are heading to Savannah today for a week's stay, then continuing on north. Perhaps we will meet somewhere on the road. :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting . . . we are in Gaffney now and should be here another 4-5 days. If you catch up to us, please let us know. Any chance you are heading to the Outer Banks.

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