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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Couple of Requests Answered

F.D. Roosevelt State Park is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. It is the largest of Georgia’s state parks. As is much of this area, FDR is deeply connected to President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was stricken with polio in 1921. He loved this area immensely and established his Little White House in Warm Springs. Several of the structures in the park were built by Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. One of those structures is the Liberty Bell Pool. This is a truly unique pool built of stone and fed by a natural spring. Near King’s Gap is Dowdell’s Knob which was one of President Roosevelt’s favorite picnic spots. He even had his own personal stone grill built there for these special outings. There are many trails located within this large park….the largest being Pine Mountain Trail which is 23 miles.                         DSC_3439 DSC_3445 DSC_3448

We were asked by one of our readers to post pictures showing actual campsites for anyone thinking about visiting this park. I will do justDSC_3443 that. This campground is divided into sections. The main sections of the campground are located in front of and around Lake Delanor. There are 140 sites all have water and electric with a few having 50 amp. service.DSC_3451

There are five bathhouses of which two are rather new. DSC_3455 DSC_3453 There are several sights sufficient in size for 40’ rigs, and others for just tenters. There are plenty of sights that can handle anything in between the afore mentioned.  For more on FDR State Park go to our blog archive for September 24, 2007.

I was asked by one of our readers to post the recipe for the Taco Soup that I make. I got this recipe from the RV-Dreams Family Favorites cookbook. If you have this cookbook the recipe is on page 29. If you don’t have this cookbook I understand Howard and Linda still have some they will sell. You can contact them at                                        DSC_3456

Taco Soup -  recipe of - Linda Payne

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilies, chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 pkg. Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 can chili beans, undrained
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1 ½ c. water
  • 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes, undrained
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Brown ground beef and pour off grease. Add onion and sauté until tender. Combine all
  • Ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for at least 4 hours. Suggested to serve with Fritos or Tortilla chips. Makes 12 cups.

Note: This can also be made on the stove top. Cook on stove top for at least 2 hours.

I usually get three quart size freezer containers each time I make this soup. I like to keep some on hand for travel days. Quick and easy!!

We have had a couple more folks join our “friends” group. It is so wonderful to make new friends and we welcome you. Come visit as often as you can and feel free to leave a message whenever you desire. We love hearing from you!! Have a great weekend!!


  1. That taco soup sounds yummy! :) Also, thanks for the information about the park. I am adding it to my list - looks like a great place to stay. :)

  2. What a lovely place to be staying and working. Are there sewer hookups?

  3. Al reminded me that we have visited FDR State Park, (I had forgotten). Your pictures make me want to go back. It looks so pretty, if it wood just cool down.

  4. Looks like a great park. The State Park we are in now in Ohio is also really nice, I was syprised at how big the sites were, lot's to do even a doggie park with water access for Rigg's, Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  5. Looks like a beautiful place. We will put on our list of places to visit for sure. Great Pics.

    Stay Safe

  6. Thanks for the update about FDR State Park and for the Taco Soup recipe.

  7. Thanks for posting the recipe, Gerri. Sounds like something good for a potluck, otherwise I'd be eating that soup for a week! :)

  8. What a beautiful park, thanks for the recipe!

  9. After reading the recipe for the taco soup I discovered I am very hungry! Thanks for the pictures of the looks beautiful.

  10. Yet more info I need to write down for future travel...Have you ever thought of becoming an RV travel agent???? Thanks for the tour!!!!

  11. Nice looking Park. Maybe someday will come where we might get a chance to visit Georgia again and will certainly make this one of our stops. We have the RV Dreams Recipe book too(given to Sandy by Dortha with Rving with Poppa), Thanks for reminding us.

  12. What a great looking park! That site overlooking the water is a real beauty. Thanks for posting the photos, they are terrific!

  13. Thanks for the review of the park it looks like a great one. If we ever get back that way will check it out.

  14. You did a fantastic job with the pictures and the review. Thanks.

  15. Loved looking at the pics of the FDR park. It really is a great looking place and I can see why you enjoy hosting there. The water view site was awesome. Have a good weekend.

  16. Thanks for sharing the pics of the CG. I would love to camp there one of these days.
    I too like Judy, would be eating it for a very long time, but it sounds really good.

  17. Looks like a good park. Will have to visit, since we spend a some time in GA each year as our grandson and family live in Resaca.


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