Ready, Set, Summer!

Ready, Set, Summer!

Summer in Pine Mountain! Yes, it’s a little “warm” and the air is a bit “wet”, but hey, humidity is good for your skin. Right? I’d rather be outside sweating than cooped up freezing any day. Give me sunshine!

After my bike ride through Callaway Gardens this morning I snagged my yearly Park Pass from the F.D.R. State Park office where I saw a brilliant Bluebird monitoring the Park visitors’ comings and goings from atop the stature of the “CCC Boy”. Years ago, when my late father was employed at the park, he built birdhouses which he placed around the campsites. Some have survived and I hope Mr. Bluebird is raising his family there because it is a sweet reminder of my daddy.

Inside the office you will find history on the Civilian Conservation Corps, F.D. Roosevelt’s program designed to employ young men displaced by the Great Depression which enabled them to support their families while building structures that stand today such as the Park’s “Liberty Bell” pool, cabins, and the stone overpass at King’s Gap. Outside the view over Pine Mountain Valley, where my Mother was raised, is stunning. My roots here are deep!

I can’t wait to bring my Florida grandson to swim in the native stone pool, designed in the shape of the Liberty Bell. Locals such as myself refer to it as the “CC Pool”…so don’t be confused. The “CC Boys”, one of which was my Uncle Pete, built it. There are stones shaped like each state placed around the pool. Finding them will be our project this summer!

The pool is fed from a mountain spring. When I was little, before the water was filtered and chlorinated, COLD water flowed from one end to the other. Talk about refreshing!! Perfect on a warm Georgia summer day. There is so much history and outside enjoyment here in Pine Mountain.