Wednesday was a travel day again. Our 5 days in Pine Mountain, at the F.D. Roosevelt State Park were at an end and we turned our nose Westward — 206 miles to Foscue Creek Campground, a Corps of Engineers site.
The route was easy, the traffic light (except going through Montgomery AL). We pulled into Demopolis AL, and the campground right around noon after an early start.
However, there are a few things I wanted to tell you about the Pine Mountain area — primarily about our day’s drive along the ridge route between the state park and Warm Springs — and the small, old community of Roosevelt’s Warm Spring.
F.D. Roosevelt discovered this area and loved it. It was a vacation getaway for him — and it’s also where he died. He had The Little White House built there — a presidential retreat predating Camp David. When F.D.R. developed Polio in 1921 one of the few things that made him feel better was immersion in hot water. The natural springs at Warm Springs seemed to give him respite from his condition. He continued visiting here for a good 20 years.
The route from the state park runs along a ‘mountain’ ridge with beautiful vistas. We took our time, stopping at every opportunity just to take in the glorious sites.
The town is not making it’s claim for fame on it’s history. The population of less than 500 is faced with the same problem as many small U.S. towns: how do you stay relevant as a small community in the modern day. I couldn’t help think that not every town in the U.S. can survive using the same appeal: old stuff. But, they have spruced up the town and are doing nicely for now. Warm Springs is not a huge attraction — but it’s worth a look around. It’s worth a stop at the visitors information center and a chat with the lovely people there. It’s worth chatting with another human about how their life has been different than one’s own.
It’s been a good day. Whilst at the state park I took a few days off from blogging — I had a couple extra blogs written ahead so I could spend a few days without having to work on the blog — and doing other interesting things.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here tomorrow if you want to chat.