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Lake Murray Members Enjoy
Lake Hartwell Cruise in July

by Ivy Williamson, S & Lt Donna Dodson, AP

Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron Welcomes Lake Murray MembersLMPS had 31 members and their families and 10 boats cruise Lake Hartwell July 12-14. They were: No Shoes, Donna Marie, Splash, Pacifi-Her, Over Budget, Fish Hawk, Four Play, Midnight Special, Valhalla and Cheesehead. Lake Hartwell DamMost met at Exit 82 Friday morning for the tow upstate to Portman Marina in Anderson County. Midnight Special joined the cruise Saturday launching from Twin Lakes in Pickens County near Clemson.

To start the cruise, those on the water on Friday went up the lake from the marina a short distance to the Lake Hartwell Dam. Unfortunately, weather interfered briefly but a cove was found nearby and our first raft up had begun as the rain stopped. We could not stay long because back at the marina that evening, Happy Hour on the dock kicked off the evening with fellow members of the Lake Harwell Sail & Power Squadron. Members of both squadrons brought an appetizer to share and a lot of fun and fellowship, and we enjoyed some quite tasty treats!

Saturday’s cruise was up the Seneca River which included a very low railroad bridge to get to our lunch destination - The Grill at Clemson Marina. Valhalla was a bit too tall so tucked herself away in a nearby cove and hopped on with Fish Hawk for the afternoon. Views of Clemson University and Death Valley stadium were the backdrop for another raft up only this time with a treat of some great Pina Coladas by our First Lady prior to our lunch engagement. Pina Colada Raft UpThe Grill did such a nice job of setting up an entire picnic area under the shade trees for our group but unfortunately, weather again tried to interfere so we had to move inside. Although a pretty long line to order, the food and drink were good and the shelter was nice until the storm passed. While potential storms were on the radar, we opted to head back towards the marina to ensure smooth cruising but not without another afternoon raft-up to swim and cool off prior to dinner. It was a great cove with easy access to a beach where some enjoyed a bit of exploring a sunken sailboat. Then on to what ended up being some delicious entrees at The Galley restaurant at the marina where fun was had by all! LMPS Members Enjoy The Grill

For those who stayed, Sunday included a cruise up the Tugaloo River while the others loaded up the boats and heading for home. But first, it was a beautiful morning of everyone lingering on the dock enjoying coffee along with more fellowship before saying good bye. Perfect weather was had for the cruise up the Tugaloo to another cove where lunch and relaxation was enjoyed before the afternoon group headed back to Columbia.

Weather was on our side most of the weekend and all enjoyed a most relaxing cruise on one of our neighboring lakes!

Updated 15 September 2019
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