Living within “The Walking Dead”

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Two weeks ago, Savannah, Georgia received the news that we had to evacuate due to Hurricane Matthew. It was not exactly how I wanted October to begin. After about five break downs and pondering what in my house I should take with me, I accepted the fact that this could be the end. Life could change, and everything we see in the movies could actually happen.

The next day, I packed up my car and drove to LaGrange, Georgia. LaGrange is actually 41 minutes from Senoia, Georgia, which is the home of “The Walking Dead.” I laughed to myself as I drove through an actual town named Woodbury. The scenery was pretty on point to everything we see in the TV show. I decided I would make the most of this adventure and visit Senoia.

The main street of Senoia is exactly what we see in Season 3 of the series, which is the Governor’s creation of Woodbury.  As I walked down the main street, I was completely shocked to see the Alexandria Safe Zone right behind the main shops. There were also the train tracks that took the group to Terminus. Unfortunately there was no filming going on that day, but it was neat to see tour groups explaining many of the secrets of the show.

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I was very pleased to see this small community so welcoming and proud to be part of the number one show on television. Residents would stop and talk about their encounters with the cast and crew. They loved telling others how welcoming the show has been to the area.

After observing the area, I checked out the Woodbury Shoppe. They sell exclusive merchandise from the show. There is also a downstairs area that has autographs and props from the show. Next door, is a small café named The Walking Dead Café, which specializes in coffee and other yummy desserts. I did not get a chance to eat at Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero’s restaurant Nic and Norman’s, but it gives me a reason to go back.

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I was blessed to return to my home with minimal damage, but did not have power for three days. Our city resembled a zombie apocalypse for about a week.  The night was quiet, and we could see the stars without all the pollution. Residents were leaving signs in area that said “if you loot we shoot.” Many had to cook on grills outside, and also use their camping skills with a Swiss army knife. It was an experience, and it makes us realize how electricity makes us feel safe.  The experience also teaches us to remember to not take what we have for granted.

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