Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saturday Night Races in Senoia

From Warm Springs, we made our way north to the little town of Senoia – and it turned out to be a rather prosperous little town.


Main Street Senoia

Apparently, the movie industry has moved into Georgia, and Senoia is a popular town for filming movies.  There are plaques set into the sidewalk all around town, listing the movies that have been filmed here, and in what year.

I guess “The Walking Dead” is also filmed in the area – since there is a store and coffee shop dedicated to the show!

Walking Dead Store

Old Storefronts


There are also several restaurants, and lots of antique shops.










We walked along the main street, checking out the little shops and interesting items we saw in them.

Checking out the shops


Cute bike!










That’s an interesting bike, huh??!!

One of the antique shops had really attractive displays, and some unique items.

Antique Shop


More Antiques











With all of the history and shopping all day, we worked up quite an appetite . . . it was time for some pizza!

Matt’s Smalltown Pizza was bigger than it looked from the outside, and the pizza and salad bar were both delicious!  A great choice!


Matt's Smalltown Pizza

While we were finishing up our dinner, there was a sudden downpour outside!  We were able to wait it out, but we hoped it didn’t put a damper on the rest of our plans for the evening . . .


Hot laps were scheduled to start at 7pm, with racing at 7:30.  We arrived around 6:30, just as the rain was ending.  There was a large crowd already gathered, and the radar on our phones indicated that the rest of the storms should stay south of us, so we headed into the grandstand and found a place to sit.

Good thing we had picnic blankets in the trunk, since the concrete grandstand seating was wet, and we hadn’t thought to bring chairs!

Waiting for the action to start

We were ready for the action to start, but we would have a little wait!

Ready to watch the races!

It took a little extra time, but they got the track smoothed out and dried up somewhat.     Trying to get the track cleaned up









After sending the cars around to help with drying out the track,



Lightning McQueen Wannabe

the action finally got started around 8:30.

Ready, Set, GO!

Bryce and Caroline had their own little competition going to see who could pick the winner in each race . . . let’s just say it wasn’t a good night for Bryce!!     One of Bryce's selections!









That red Georgia clay was pretty slick and slippery . . . and it made for an exciting night!

Cleaning up a wreck











Double Crash

The rain held off, and we all had a fun time!  Thanks for meeting up with us – John, Andrea & Caroline!

Crossing the Finish Line

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Warm Springs, GA and the Little White House


We made plans to get together with Tom’s cousins on Saturday, meeting up with them at the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA.




Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Warm Springs, GA seeking a cure for polio, which he had been stricken with a few years earlier.  The warm spring water did not cure the disease, but it did provide relief and improvement for the paralysis it caused.

The Museum focused on the years that FDR spent in Warm Springs as President, and the effect that the rural farming community had on his policies, including many of the New Deal programs.

Custom-built in Toledo, Ohio

We wandered through the museum, which housed many artifacts, including canes that were given to FDR as gifts,

More canes


Custom canes

a couple of quilts,


and FDR’s specially-equipped car with hand controls.

The President's Car

Hand Controls


The guys were so caught up in figuring out how these controls worked, they missed the announcement for the 12-minute movie, but the girls made it to the movie!








After studying the rest of the displays in the museum, we made our way out to the courtyard, where there was a collection of rocks representing each state, along with the state’s flag.

State Flags

     Michigan's Rock

I expected Michigan to be represented by the state stone, a petoskey stone, but it wasn’t.




From the display of state rocks, we made our way around the fountain, past the Sentry Posts for the Marines and the Secret Service, and to the walkway to the Little White House.

The flag that is flying is the one that was in place in 1945 on the day that he died, reflecting 48 states.

48-state flag

Little White House Compound

It was a pretty simple household, with a small Servants Quarters,

Inside the Servant's Quarters

Servants' Quarters



and a small Guest Cottage, which was used by various dignitaries and other world leaders.

Guest accomodations are a little nicer

Still small, but it was a little nicer than the Servants Quarters.

Guest House


Location of FDR's death


FDR spent much of his time at his home in Warm Springs, allowing him him to access the rejuvenating waters of the springs, but it was in this house that he died.



Little White House

For a Presidential home, it was very small and humble, with just a few rooms.  We entered through the kitchen,


Love the old oven!



walked through the dining room,

Dining Room

and the living room, where he was sitting in his lounge chair, working on a the next day’s radio address and getting his portrait painted on the day he died.

Living Room

He had a desk in his bedroom,

FDR's Desk

but apparently he preferred to work from the small desk in the living room where he had an ottoman to put his feet up while he worked.










FDR's Bedroom

The portrait that was in progress on that day was never finished, and was presented to the Little White House by the author,

The unfinished portrait


where it is on display along with the finished portrait.

The Completed Portrait


Just around the corner from the Little White House is the Warm Springs Pool Complex.  The Historic Pools are no longer used, but there is a Warm Springs Therapeutic Foundation that utilizes the warm spring water for occupational therapy and physical therapy.

History of the Pools


Our Little White House admission included the Historic Pool Complex.


Warm Springs Pools

We studied the displays that explained the history behind the treatment pools and FDR’s involvement.  He actually owned the complex, and came here frequently to soak in the pools and interact with the other polio patients.

Iron Lung

We ventured outside and explored the empty pools.  There’s no water in the pools, but there is a small fountain of warm bubbling water . . . although with an air temperature of 98 degrees, the 88 degree water didn’t feel that warm!

The Pools

Bryce thinks he's a lifeguard


I guess Bryce thinks he’s a lifeguard!









From the State Park, we went into the little town of Warm Springs to get an ice cream cone and look around the town.

Time for an ice cream stop!

The streets of Warm Springs

We walked along the sidewalks, checking out the various gift shops and antique shops.

At the end of the street, we wandered into an alley that took us to an interesting area.

Caroline had to check out the phone booth!

Phone Booth -- what's that??!!

She and Bryce both found rides to try out . . .

Trying to fit into the schoolbus

He fit!










Caroline and Garfield

yeah, they’re a little big for these rides now!

Kids will be kids

It was an interesting little alley,












that let to a courtyard,


Popeye Mural











and then to a biker bar!

Biker Village




With some of the characters around, it felt a lot like the backyard at Wall Drug in South Dakota!

Now that's a bike basket!


We just kindof stumbled onto this area, and it was really interesting . . .

There's the front of the car


and there's the back of the car!










. . . fun, too!          Bumper Cars


Warm Springs really is a friendly kind of place!